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Utah was already on the list before Chris Hill ever communicated with Larry Scott. This is a telling statement:

Posted By: Puget Ute
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:54 am

Scott: The focus was very much on academic profile and trajectory and Utah at the time was ascendant academically. Their rankings were improving, the growth areas of the university seemed to be increasing the amount of research dollars they were attracting every year. They were really considered a preeminent research institution in the West. So we spent a lot of time trying to understand that as well as focusing on the athletic heritage, pedigree, which was obvious.

We were looking at facilities, talking about future plans and objectives and philosophy, and we came to the determination that [Utah] would be a really good fit culturally. They were a school that had a history of being very successful despite having less resources than traditional big conference schools. And we became excited about the possibility of being a good fit early on, but also becoming a strong member of the conference with the additional resources, exposure and prestige that would come being a part of the Pac-12.


Hill: We worked everything out but the money and they said, “When can you start?” Colorado was going to have to wait a year but we said, “We’ll start now.” They said, “You won’t get any money.” And we said, “We don’t care.” We wanted to get it done before any kind of political pressure hit us – anybody in the state trying to say we couldn’t do it.

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o NEW: Great article by Dan Sorenson on how PACMAS day came about.
Ute Bear - -- Wednesday 11 July 2018, at 10:32 am [ID# 1915957] [reply]
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Newbomb Turk icon NEW: Saw that earlier today. Good stuff.
Newbomb Turk - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 11 July 2018, at 10:37 am [ID# 1915959] [reply]
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scratch icon NEW: Not quite, you're off by a year. The first year we got nothing (except a 1/12 share of "new" reveune from the conference championship game). (nm)
scratch - -- Wednesday 11 July 2018, at 11:19 am [ID# 1915966] [reply]
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Newbomb Turk icon NEW: You're right. But I like how Young shrugged it off. (nm)
Newbomb Turk - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 11 July 2018, at 11:22 am [ID# 1915967] [reply]
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Puget Ute icon NEW: I also read the article, and appreciate just how much Chris Hill figured into the move (since CU effectively sent him to talk to PAC-10 officials to shop Utah/Colorado as a package deal).
Puget Ute - -- Wednesday 11 July 2018, at 10:50 am [ID# 1915960] [reply]
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Puget Ute icon NEW: Utah was already on the list before Chris Hill ever communicated with Larry Scott. This is a telling statement:
Puget Ute - -- Wednesday 11 July 2018, at 10:54 am [ID# 1915961] [reply]
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mokus icon NEW: I'm glad you guys see all the same favorite quotes I saw. This article was a gem.
mokus - -- Wednesday 11 July 2018, at 11:14 am [ID# 1915964] [reply]
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3UteDad icon NEW: I would like to see Chris Hill either write a book or sit down for an in-depth interview about the political minefield he had to navigate during his tenure as AD. Does anyone know if he plans to remain in the state during his retirement? (nm)
3UteDad - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 11 July 2018, at 12:17 pm [ID# 1915974] [reply]
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