Colorado to join Pac-10 next year

Los Angeles Times - - College Football - staff and wire re­ports — Chris Dufresne

The Pa­cific 10 Con­fer­ence will be­come the Pac-12 next year thanks to an exit agree­ment worked out Tues­day by Colorado and the Big 12.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease dis­trib­uted by the league, the Big 12 will withhold $6,863,000 from rev­enues oth­er­wise dis­trib­uted to the uni­ver­sity.

The with­drawal is ef­fec­tive June 30, 2011, pend­ing ap­proval from the mem­bers’ gov­ern­ing boards.

“This agree­ment was ac­com­plished through a col­le­gial, re­spect­ful process among the con­fer­ence, its in­sti­tu­tions, and the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado that led to a res­o­lu­tion that all par­ties be­lieve is fair,” Big 12 Con­fer­ence Com­mis­sioner Dan

Beebe said in a state­ment. Colorado was orig­i­nally sched­uled to join the Pac-10 in 2012, one year af­ter Utah.

Now, the con­fer­ence can be­come the Pac-12 next sea­son and be­gin to fast-track for­mu­las for sched­ul­ing, split­ting into six-team di­vi­sions with the in­ten­tion of host­ing a con­fer­ence ti­tle game af­ter the 2011sea­son.

The Big 12 and Ne­braska also an­nounced a set­tle­ment in which the con­fer­ence will withhold $9.255 mil­lion from the school. Ne­braska will join the Big Ten next year.

Dan­to­nio re­leased

Michi­gan State Coach

Mark Dan­to­nio was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal, two days af­ter suf­fer­ing a mild heart at­tack af­ter a

dar­ing over­time win against Notre Dame.

Don Tread­well, the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for the 25th-ranked Spar­tans, is lead­ing the team in the coach’s ab­sence.

“I’m anx­ious and ex­cited to be home with my fam­ily,” Dan­to­nio, 54, said in a state­ment. “I haven’t es­tab­lished a time­line for my re­turn, but I have the ut­most con­fi­dence in Coach Tread­well and the rest of the coach­ing staff.”

Ir­ish in Ire­land

Notre Dame and Navy will play in Dublin, Ire­land, in 2012. Navy Ath­letic Di­rec­tor

Chet Glad­chuk says Aviva Sta­dium will be the site for the 86th meet­ing be­tween the Fight­ing Ir­ish and Mid­ship­men.

The $410-mil­lion sta­dium opened in May and has a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 50,000.


Pur­due quar­ter­back Robert Marve ex­pects to play Satur­day against Toledo af­ter bruis­ing his left knee last week against Ball State. … Brigham Young quar­ter­back Ri­ley Nel­son is done for the sea­son be­cause of an in­jury to his right (non­throw­ing) shoul­der. … Iowa Coach Kirk Fer­entz said that run­ning back Jewel

Hampton will have knee surgery and is likely gone for the rest of the sea­son. … Sus­pended West Vir­ginia cor­ner­back Bran­don Ho­gan has been al­lowed to re­turn to prac­tice. Ho­gan, a se­nior, was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely af­ter he was ar­rested on a drunk-driv­ing charge ear­lier this month.

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