CU-Boulder accepted an invitation on June 11, 2010, to join the Pacific-10 Conference as its 11th member, the first new member since 1978; a week later Utah was added and the league will become the Pacific-12 in the coming year. In addition to shared academic excellence, CU-Boulder and the other Pac-10 member institutions hold impressive athletic résumés. Pac-10 teams have combined to win 390 NCAA titles, by far the most of any other conference in the country, and the Buffaloes will add to that 23 NCAA titles, including 17 in skiing, one in football, and five in men’s and women’s cross-country.
Colorado has a long-standing tradition of playing Pac-10 teams in many sports, especially football. The Buffaloes have played 73 games against Pac- 10 members, the second-most against any league CU has ever been a part of. The first Pac-10 school Colorado met in a sporting event was a 1904 football game against Stanford in Denver.
With more than 35,000 alumni residing in the current Pac-12 footprint, more than three times the number living within the Big 12 regions, the Buffalo faithful should feel right at home in the Pac-12.