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June 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Thursday links — Pac-12 to become whole today

First off, the Pac-10 and Utah will hold a joint press conference at noon today to formally announce the addition of the Utes to the conference. That will then end expansion talk for a little while (hours? minutes? days?) You can watch the press conference here and I’ll try to pass along the high points later.
Depending on who you talk to, much of this could be revisited again in a few years, the thinking being that much of what drove this round of it — a general idea that someday, there will be just four “mega conferences” — will return. For the immediate future, though, today’s news should end it, allowing fans to get back to thinking about the upcoming season.
Still, lots of expansion stuff in the news today:
Jon Wilner has a good analysis of the possible financial remifications of adding Utah and Colorado.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says the NW Pac-10 coaches are okay with possibly splitting into north and south divisions (and as I noted Wednesday, UW AD Scott Woodward says nothing has been decided on that yet).
— ESPN.com’s Pat Forde calls the Pac-10 and Utah winners and Colorado a loser in expansion.
— Fox Sports says Utah is the Pac-10’s consolation prize.
— The Orlando Sentinel wonders if the Pac-10 really gained anything.
— The Salt Lake Tribune surmises that Utah will be in a southern division of the Pac-10.
— An SLT columnist also says the Utes should be careful about getting what they wished for.
— Another SLT story notes that UW is the only Pac-10 school Utah has never beaten in football (and also note that they call USC “UCS” — guess still some things about the conference they need to learn).
— Here’s a story looking at Larry Scott’s role in all of this and saying that the megaconference idea is far from dead.
Probably enough on this for now. Promise to have some actual UW content on here later today.

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