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Posted on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 : 6:36 a.m.

Utah to the Pac-10 is official; Michigan and Nebraska have history

By Dave Birkett

The final shoe in the first round of conference expansion fell Wednesday when the Pac-10 officially invited Utah to join its now 12-member league.

The school has a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. today to discuss the move, which puts a temporary halt to an anticlimactic month.

Nebraska joined the Big Ten, Boise State the Mountain West, and Colorado and Utah fled for the Pac-10. For Utah, this is the school's sixth football conference in 100 years.

The Pac-10 will split into two divisions, with USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and the two new schools occupying the South. That leaves Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and Cal and Stanford for the North.

It also leaves Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott the newest, biggest shaker in college football.

The Big Ten, meanwhile, is still mulling what to do with its football schedule.

One NFL owner thinks Arkansas and Notre Dame would make great additions to the Big 12.

Football • Michigan has a history with the newest member of the Big Ten. • Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins said his school and the other Big 12 afterthoughts are OK with subsidizing the butt-whippings Texas gives them this year and beyond. • Rose are red, violets are blue, this isn't a joke, I promise you.

Basketball • Detroit News: Had Tom Izzo left, Mark Hollis would have found a fine replacement. • Indianapolis Star: A guess on the set-up for Big Ten basketball going forward.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.