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Red roundup: Was Pac-10 expansion worth it?

Published: Wednesday, May 11 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott announces the splitting of NCAA college football divisions during a news conference in San Francisco, Thursday. Colorado and Utah recently accepted invitations to join the Pac-10 in the conference's first expansion since 1978, necessitating many changes for when the league becomes a 12-team conference next July 1.

Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News tackles the topic of whether the Pac-10's decision to add Colorado and Utah was worth it. The soon-to-be formed Pac-12 recently signed a lucrative 12-year television deal with ESPN and Fox, adding millions of dollars of revenue to each school's athletic department coffers. Expansion also made a conference championship football game possible.

Even so, was it worth it for existing members Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State?

— Utah guard Caleb Schlauderaff is back home in Washington state working out with his brother while waiting for the NFL lockout to end. He was drafted by the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of last month's draft.

— Ex-Ute Zane Beadles saw a little action as a soccer goalie before a Denver Broncos workout at a family fitness center.

— Bill Riley, the "Voice of the Utes" blogs about the "Extreme Basketball Makeover" that Larry Krystkowiak is working on up on the hill.

— And finally, former Ute Andre Miller received a season grade of an "A" from blazersedge.com for his efforts this year with Portland.

Red roundup is a sampling of University of Utah sports news on the Web. It is complied each weekday.

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