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Social Media Erupts With Takes After Utah Joins Big 12 Conference

Aug 5, 2023, 12:01 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – Shortly after the University of Utah voted to leave the Pac-12 Conference in favor of the Big 12, social media was flooded with takes on the move for the Utes.

Social media filled with opinions after Utah joins Big 12

On Friday, August 4, Utah officially voted to leave the Pac-12 and accept an invitation to join the Big 12 in 2024.

Alongside the Utes, the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils announced they would also join the Big 12. Earlier on Friday, the Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks announced their departure to the Big Ten in 2024.

After the flurry of departures from the conference, the Pac-12 is left with only California, Oregon State, Stanford, and Washington State as its members.

Following the official announcement that Utah would join rival BYU in the Big 12, social media was full of opinions on the Utes and their new league.

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“I am pleased to announce that the University of Utah will join the Big 12 Conference at the beginning of the 2024-25 athletics season,” Utah president Taylor Randall said. “I am very enthusiastic about the University of Utah’s future within the Big 12. Joining our Pac-12 and Association of American Universities peers from Colorado and Arizona is important to our mission and makes sense, as does, renewing our historic in-state rivalry with Brigham Young University.”

“This decision represents the best interests of the University of Utah, our student-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and our tremendous fans, and we look forward to continuing our growth as a member of the Big 12 Conference beginning next year,” Utah athletic director Mark Harlan added.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. He’s also co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on X/Twitter (@kyleireland), Instagram (@kyleirelandksl), and Threads (@kyleirelandksl).

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Social Media Erupts With Takes After Utah Joins Big 12 Conference