Here's what we learned Thursday: Utah became the 12th member of the Pacific-10 Conference and will join the league in the 2011-12 academic year.

But that's it. The expansion-related issues of greatest interest to Pac-10 fans remain unresolved:

  • Commissioner Larry Scott said the league is considering a name change (presumably to the Pac-12) and will have a decision "relatively soon.''

  • The league's presidents are interested in a Pac-10 television network and Scott is developing a business plan, but a decision is months away.

  • No details were provided about a football championship game — where it will be played, when it will be played, or if it will be played.

  • There is no resolution to the vexing question of how to split the league into two six-team divisions.

    Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn told the Denver Post earlier in the week that the Buffaloes have been promised a spot in the "South," along with Utah and the Arizona and Los Angeles schools.

    But when asked about the divisions Thursday, Scott said:

    "We haven't decided yet. There's a process we'll now go through, working closely with our athletic directors, to dig into those questions — whether to have a championship football game and whether to have divisions."

    The first-year commissioner had chased an even more ambitious idea — a 16-team conference that would have included Texas, Oklahoma and other Big 12 Conference transplants. But those plans were scuttled earlier this week.


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    So Scott fell back on Plan B, offering a spot to Utah.

    Utah was "the right fit academically and athletically," Scott said, and the Utes have certainly polished their football resume in recent seasons. Utah had undefeated seasons in 2004 and 2008, beating Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

    The Utes have won nine consecutive bowl games, including victories over Cal (in last year's Poinsettia Bowl), Georgia Tech and USC.

    The Los Angeles Times contributed to this story.