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Reports: Colorado inching closer to joining Pac-10 in 2011

Less than two weeks ago, Pacific 10 Commissioner Larry Scott told a group of reporters attending the California-Colorado game in Berkeley that he was pessimistic Colorado would join the Pac-10 in 2011 instead of 2012, as originally planned.

Colorado-logo Scott called the chances "worse than 50-50."

Yet, reports are starting to leak out that the Big 12 will indeed allow Colorado to leave early, which makes all the sense in the world. The Big 12 does not want a lame-duck school for another season, especially one as dreadful in football as Colorado.

Nebraska is leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten after this season.

The Pac-10 needs to solve the Colorado issue before it can solve the divisional format plan and address future schedules.

Scott, via text message, said he could only confirm that Colorado's regents are meeting Tuesday to discuss its Big 12 exit negotiations.

Don't be surprised if this issue is solved in days, if not hours.

If Colorado can join the Pac-10 in 2011 along with Utah, the conference can split into six-team divisions and hold a championship game after next season.

If it's only Utah for next year, the Pac-10 will have to endure a bridge season, with no playoff, with 11 schools.

-- Chris Dufresne

chris.dufresne@latimes.com 

 
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