CU Buffs Beat Writer Urges Patience Right Now

Monday marks 12 days since USC and UCLA shocked college athletics with their decision to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten.

Conference commissioners, athletic directors and coaches across the country are now scrambling to make sure their domino falls appropriately. Colorado AD Rick George recently spoke about the situation, but none of his immediate feelings provided a clear resolution. We’ll have to wait for that.

Buffzone’s Beat writer Pat Rooney shared his take on what many CU fans are going through this summer:

More than a week after the last seismic shift in the college conferencing landscape, when USC and UCLA announced they were leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, taking the Los Angeles media market with them, the chatter far outweighed the executive action.

Fans of sports programs left to pick up the pieces, like the Colorado Buffaloes, oscillated between angst and anticipation. For now, people may have to live with the uncertainty.

Later in the column, Rooney explained how George and other senior Pac-12 officials should approach their likely next seismic move:

Still, there’s a heavy burden for those among the Pac-12 survivors who are sorting through the possibilities for what comes next. No one wants to be left behind, and the need to secure their place at the table to binge on football TV dollars is akin to a great white shark feeding frenzy. Wait too long, and all that’s left are crumbs. At the same time, these are decisions that will define athletic departments for decades and impact generations of student-athletes. A measure of caution, discipline, and thoughtfulness would be applauded if it were almost any other big-budget venture.

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