And here we go...
The first domino has fallen with conference expansion: Colorado is headed to the Pac-10, and the move is already official.
The Pacific-10 Conference announced today that the University of Colorado at Boulder has accepted an invitation to join the Conference as its 11th member, the first new member since July 1, 1978.
"This is an historic moment for the Conference, as the Pac-10 is poised for tremendous growth. The University of Colorado is a great fit for the Conference both academically and athletically and we are incredibly excited to welcome Colorado to the Pac-10," said Commissioner Larry Scott.
Although nothing has officially happened with Nebraska just yet, it appears they will "rubber stamp" their decision to join the Big Ten at a meeting tomorrow, as Joe Schad said on SportsCenter. The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein had this to say about where the Cornhuskers stand with the Big Ten:
A source with knowledge of the expansion talks has confirmed to the Tribune that Nebraska will be invited to apply for Big Ten membership, a mere formality in the process. An announcement is expected Friday.
The league has not determined, the source said, whether it will remain at 12 schools or expand to 14.
As speculated yesterday, Greenstein mentioned that the Big Ten could continue to expand if Notre Dame decides to join. If that doesn't happen, however, Nebraska will probably be the only new kid on the block, which I am more than okay with.