The University of Colorado football squad has received a lot of attention in recent months. After three successful seasons at Jackson State, NFL legend Deion Sanders was hired as head coach of the Buffaloes. After finishing 1-11 in 2022, the Buffaloes had no choice but to improve.
Over 70 players have left the program, with nearly 40 joining via the transfer portal. This has led to some criticism of Sanders’ behavior from other members of the NCAA coaching world. However, the hype has never been higher for the Colorado program. Perhaps as a result of this, discussions as to whether Colorado is going to leave the ever-ailing Pac-12 have begun to circulate. Now, it appears that those rumors are gaining even more credibility.
Colorado To Transfer To Big 12 After Pac-12 TV Deal
BREAKING: Nothing becomes official until the #Pac12 gets their TV deal finalized, but now multiple sources tell us tonight that the #Buffs and #BearDown will move to the #Big12. No word on the #Utes and #SunDevils, but Yormark may just take two and save some spots for #ACC teams.
— SWAIM SHOW (@GSwaim) June 4, 2023
The Pac-12 is currently at the tail-end of negotiations on a new television deal. This comes at a monumental time for the Pac-12, as USC and UCLA prepare to leave for the Big 10 next year. Furthermore, the status of the deal is uncertain, as talks recently broke down with ESPN. However, it appears that the deal is going to lead to more exits from the embattled conference. “BREAKING: Nothing becomes official until the #Pac12 gets their TV deal finalized, but now multiple sources tell us tonight that the #Buffs and #BearDown will move to the #Big12. No word on the #Utes and #SunDevils, but Yormark may just take two and save some spots for #ACC teams,” NCAA insider Greg Swaim tweeted on June 4.
If Swaim’s information is correct, that means both Colorado and Arizona will be leaving the Pac-12 for the Big 12. Latest reports suggest that the Pac-12 will be adding San Diego State and potentially SMU to mitigate the loss of the two LA schools. However, the loss of Colorado and Arizona is a major blow to the conference. Despite this, it could be the death knell of the Pac-12. Oregon and Washington have both reportedly spoken with the Big 10. Meanwhile, Utah and Arizona State could both look to both away as well in the near future.