Colorado officials have decided to wait until 2012 to depart the Big 12 and join an expanded Pac-10 because of stalled negotiations over the amount of the school’s departure penalties, based on a report from the Boulder Daily Camera.
In a interview today with the newspaper, Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn said a departure for the Pac-10 for the 2012-13 school year “is our plan and that is what we are working on.”
When school administrators voted in June to switch leagues, Colorado officials initially announced a plan to depart in 2012. But school officials and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe indicated last month that a departure in 2011, to coincide with Nebraska’s departure for the Big Ten, might be possible and would be discussed.
Based on today’s report, it appears Colorado has chosen to remain in the Big 12 until 2012 to minimize departure penalties estimated between $9 million and $14.5 million.
_ Jimmy Burch