The possibility of the Pac 10 expanding to twelve teams received a boost yesterday when officials at the University of Colorado said they were willing to take a serious look at making the move if asked by the Pac 10.
The very real thing that would drive this for Colorado isn't just expanded revenue. The simple fact that the majority of the schools alumni base resides West of the Contininental Divide would be a major factor in considering such a move.
One factor weighing for the Pac-10 is CU's alumni presence on the West Coast. According to CU's alumni office, there are 29,096 known alums in California and 15,245 combined in the other three Pac-10 states.
Any game in the Pac-10 would create an opportunity for alumni events and fundraising.
"Our alumni base is stronger in the Pac-10 areas than in the Big 12," DiStefano said. "That's certainly something to consider, especially when the team travels."
That type of talk and the very real possibility that the Big 10 will poach one or more teams from the league has schools like Colorado setting a fast track for leaving the conference. According to reports out of Denver the Buffaloes would announce the move to leave before July of 2010 so they could join the Pac 10 in 2012 just in time for a new TV contract and a championship football game.