Where will Colorado play in 2011?
It looks like the Pac-10 will have to wait a little bit longer to officially become the Pac-12.
According to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera, Colorado plans to remain in the Big 12 for the 2011-12 school year, delaying the Buffaloes' arrival into the Pac-10 until 2012-13.
Negotiations with the Big 12 over the university’s departure penalties stalled recently.
“That is our plan and that is what we are working on,” athletic director Mike Bohn told the paper on Tuesday.
When CU announced it was changing conferences, it was assumed that the school would be able to negotiate an early departure to coincide with Nebraska's shift to the Big Ten. But school officials and the Big 12 haven't been able to agree on the payment needed to leave the league a year early.
The Pac-10 has agreed to help with the cost to switch leagues, but Colorado can save millions of dollars by remaining in the Big 12 an extra year. So instead of losing reportedly between $9 million and $14.5 million in conference distributions, the Buffs are likely to remain in an 11-team Big 12 for an additional season.
Utah is already set to join the Pac-10 in 2011, becoming the 11th member of the league.
In other Colorado news on Tuesday, the school announced that a nonconference game at Ohio State next season has been finalized. The Buffs will earn $1.4 million from the Buckeyes to play in Ohio Stadium on Sept. 24, 2011. CU will also earn cash under the Big 12 revenue distribution plan because ESPN already has committed to televise the game nationally.
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