The Big 12 will once again include Colorado starting with the 2024–25 athletic season. The Board of Regents of the University of Colorado unanimously agreed Thursday to withdraw the Buffaloes from the Pac-12 and reinstate them in the league they helped create in 1996.
According to sources who talked with CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, the Big 12 university presidents unanimously approved Colorado’s membership application on Wednesday evening.
Colorado Big 12 Return: Colorado Will Inform the Pac-12 about its Departure from the League
The next step is for CU to submit two official letters: one to the Pac-12 informing them of their withdrawal from the league as of July 1, 2024, and another to the Big 12 requesting admission to the conference as of that day.
Colorado Big 12 Will Depart the Pac-12 Starting in July 2024.
In a statement issued by the University of Colorado, chancellor Philip DiStefano and athletic director Rick George said, “After careful thought and consideration, it was determined that a switch in the conference would give CU Boulder the stability, resources, and exposure necessary for long-term future success in a college athletics environment that is constantly evolving.”
The Big 12’s national reach across three time zones and our shared creative future vision make it a wonderful fit for CU Boulder, its students, employees, and alumni. We have valued our twelve years as loyal Pac-12 Conference members and understand that these decisions are never easy. We look forward to achieving new goals as we begin this exciting new chapter as members of the Big 12 Conference.
The Big 12 commissioner, Brett Yormark, referred to them as “they’re back,” a play on Michael Jordan’s two-word statement when he returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.
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The Buffaloes had long been a top priority for the Big 12, which had “substantive” conversations with Colorado earlier this offseason, according to multiple individuals who spoke with Dodd in May. This has occurred despite the fact that Colorado explicitly expressed its desire to remain in the Pac-12 and its intention to defer making any decisions until the Pac-12 media rights agreement had been reviewed by conference members.
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