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Colorado bolts to Pac-whatever-it'll-be-called

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Colorado accepted an invitation to become the 11th member of the Pac-10 (Photo: MGN / KXLN) Colorado accepted an invitation to become the 11th member of the Pac-10 (Photo: MGN / KXLN)

Colorado is in. The Pac-10 said the Buffaloes have officially accepted an invitation to become the league's 11th member.

Nebraska, which was reported to have received an invitation to the Big 10 Wednesday, is expected to accept an invitation on Friday.

Colorado's move gives the Pac-10 a total of 11 teams, with more probably on the way. Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could follow suit and make the Pac-10 the Pac-16 – or whatever they'll be called.

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds told the Associated Press he wants to keep the Big 12 together, but losing two teams means the conference is all but on life support. Texas and Texas A&M officials are scheduled to meet soon to discuss the future of their programs, while Baylor and Texas Tech said they want to remain with Texas and Texas A&M no matter what happens.

Thursday's announcement marks the first time the Pac-10 has changed its makeup since Arizona and Arizona State were added in 1978.

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said in February the conference was exploring possible expansion. He was given the authority last weekend from the schools to offer invitations to potential members. There is still a possibility the conference could stop at 12 teams instead of expanding to 16.

None of the changes would take effect until the 2011-2012 season at the earliest.

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