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Colorado accepts invite to join Pac-10

WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA (KWWL) -- The University of Colorado at Boulder announced Thursday that they have accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10, becoming their 11th member.

The Buffaloes become the Pac-10's first new team since July 1, 1978.

Larry Scott, Pac-10 Commissioner, says, "This is an 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."

"On behalf of The University of Colorado students, faculty, alumni and fans, we are proud to accept this invitation from the Pac-10 and join the most prestigious academic and athletic conference in the nation, "said Philip P. DiStefano, chancellor of CU-Boulder.

An official press conference will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. MDT in Boulder.

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe issued the following statement regarding Colorado's announcement:

"The Big 12 Conference has been informed that the University of Colorado has accepted an invitation to join the Pacific-10 Conference. I continue to work through the process that was agreed upon last week by our Board of Directors to address membership issues, and am working tirelessly towards the long-term viability of the Big 12."

Iowa State University is not making any comments regarding the announcement at this time.

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