Sources at the Mountain West Conference offices and the University of Utah refute an Internet report that the Utes have already informed the league of their intention to depart for the Pac-10, er, Pac-12.
Things, however, can change quickly as we’ve learned over the past couple of days.
Here’s a story filed by the Associated Press this afternoon:
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson says he was told Monday by Utah’s athletic director that the university had not been contacted by the Pac-10.
Thompson was attending a meeting of conference commissioners in northern California on Tuesday. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was not in attendance.
Thompson says Scott has not contacted him since the Pac-10′s invitation to Texas was declined Monday. The Pac-10 was hoping to add the Longhorns and four other Big 12 schools to form a 16-team conference. But Texas and the rest decided to stay put. The Pac-10 is one member short of the 12 it needs to hold a football championship game.
Utah has been speculated as being the Pac-10′s next target.
And from ESPN.com’s Ted Miller:
“There are reports that Utah has already told the Mountain West Conference that it is leaving, but a source said no invitation has been extended from the Pac-10. Yet. That could change inside of 24 hours.”