"The last 12 months have brought monumental change to the Pac-10 conference, now the Pac-12. I certainly want to welcome members of the media and the football coaches and players that are here today from Colorado and Utah. Today is the dawn of a new day for this storied conference, and we're thrilled with the additions of Colorado and Utah." — Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott

"Utah, it's no secret how good of a football team and football program that Kyle has built there. We played them in a bowl game a couple of years ago, I think we're 5-2 in bowl games over our tenure there. And that is one of them that we lost. So we have a great deal of respect for Utah, and I think they're going to be very competitive in the conference." — California coach Jeff Tedford

"We're excited about the 2011 season. I'd like to commend the media that covers this conference, because I think you're the smartest ones out there. You picked us to win the league, and what I just learned out back is that 10 out of the last 11 years you picked us to win the league. So I guess our answer to that question is we hope you're right." — Oregon coach Chip Kelly

"We've added two great schools and programs to our conference, so it's going to get even more so that way. It should be just a really, really interesting year. We're heading into a little bit of uncharted waters, so it's going to be something that we're going to have to compete and get better all the time and take it one game at a time." — Oregon State coach Mike Riley

"I didn't really think about the decision after I made it. I've been very happy. I haven't had any regrets. I love being able to represent Stanford University. I'm looking forward to doing that on the field this year." — Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck on his decision not to turn pro.

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