If this proposal to create a division with UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona St., Utah, and Colorado holds it will really ruin our whole tradition of playing in the Pac 10 and before that the Pac 8 conference. I began to write this as a comment, but I found myself so upset by it that I decided to go ahead and write a fanpost instead. I've always loved the Pac 10 conference and UCLA's place in it. What this proposed division does is puts us in a division with two schools who have never had anything to do with the Pac 10 and the two Arizona schools who were not traditional members of the Pac 10.
I like playing the Oregon schools, the Washington schools, and Stanford and Cal every year. But instead I have to go see the Bruins play Colorado? The proposed northern division would be the real Pac 10 minus UCLA and USC. Why should one division have almost all the traditional Pac 10 members while the other has only two? Maybe it's because I go back a long way being a UCLA student from 1966-1971. Back then the Pac 8 did not include the Arizona schools which didn't join the conference until 1978. The Pac 10 has great traditions which go back to the 1920's and now we are to essentially abandon that to play in a division with only one team, who just happens to be our hated rival, with whom we share that tradition? And I don't mean to say that I have any problem at all with the Arizona schools being in the conference, but playing them still isn't quite the same as playing Cal, Stanford, Oregon, etc. And when they joined the conference there was no downside, because we still played all the other conference teams every year. But now in order to accommodate Colorado and Utah we have to give up way too much in my opinion.
I don't know what they're thinking whether it's geography, money, or whatever, but they are obviously not taking UCLA's conference tradition into account. Put Utah and Colorado in the northern division or do that proposed Pac 12 Cooler idea which I thought was a pretty good idea. Anything but this. I wonder if there are others who feel as I do?