The Pac-10 press conference announcing Utah's joining provided lots of interesting tidbits (although nothing conclusive). There was lots of talk by Larry Scott and Utah's AD about how Utah has performed well against Pac-10 schools in basketball and football, praising Utah for it's all-around prowess in research (particularly in genetics and computer science, academics and athletics, Pac-10 being the conference of champions and how Utah's skiing and gymnastics programs can help be a part of building the Olympic tradition of the conference, he revealed some important things pertaining to Cal and Pac-10 fans (note--the feed for the event went into cardiac arrest, so I'm relying on Twitter updates for most of these) while leaving other questions unanswered.
- Utah will be joining in the 2011-12 academic year. So this season will be the final year of the Pac-10 conference as we know it.
- It is still not certain about whether Colorado will join in 2011 (2012 was the expected timeline), but they will have the option to leave that early if they choose to (and they seem to be willing). Could lead to an interesting quandary for us, as we do have a road date scheduled with them next season. That would almost certainly have to be changed up if they come to the conference a little earlier.
- No decisions have been made about divisional alignments or a conference title game. So hold off on your pitchforks. No one's breaking up the California schools--yet.
There will be no further expansion this season. I'm guessing Scott's leaving that door wide open for the future.
- A new name for the conference has not been decided.