Colorado athletic director Rick George spoke about his school’s status as a member of the Pac-12 Conference amid rumors that a move to the Big 12 could be on the horizon. With the conference embroiled in contentious negotiations for a new media rights deal, Colorado is evaluating its options. That’s what a Big 12 source said earlier this week The Oklahoman that the Buffalos would be ready to commit to the conference “soon”.
“We’re a member of the Pac-12, we’re proud members of the Pac-12, and we need to see where our media rights deal goes and where our conference goes.” George told BuffZone. “In a perfect world, we’d love to be in the Pac-12, but ultimately we also need to do what’s right for Colorado. We’ll evaluate things as we go forward”
The Pac-12 is in its final season of its current format before USC and UCLA depart for the Big Ten in 2024. The conference is the only Power Five league without a TV future secured several years into the future. Sources reported this in Marchthat the Big 12 would be ready to add the Pac-12’s Four Corner schools—Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Arizona State—should the league’s uncertain future lead to departures.
Colorado is coming off a disastrous 1-11 season under former coach Karl Dorrell, but the Buffs impressed in the offseason and hired former Jackson State coach Deion Sanders to revive the program and lead the Buffs into the future. Colorado currently holds the No. 1 ranked transfer portal class under Sanders, according to 247Sports, as he orchestrates the largest overhaul of a year roster in recent history.