The University of Colorado will announce on Friday that the school will leave the Big 12 and join the Pac-10.
Colorado will likely join fellow Big 12 schools Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M in the Pac-10 by the start of the 2012 football season
There had been some question as to whether Colorado would receive an invitation to the Pac-10. Although it has been widely rumored that the Pac-10 favored CU for the lucrative Denver media market, Baylor University in Texas was making a strong push to join its Texas rivals in the Big 12.
ESPN reported late Wednesday night that Colorado had, in fact, received an invitation to join the Big 12 conference.
In a press release, the Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott called the addition of CU "a[n] 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."
The move likely spells the end of the Big 12 conference, as Colorado rival Nebraska looks posed to move to the Big Ten conference.