And it's been a year...

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JUNE 17: PAC-10 Commissioner Larry Scott hold up University of Utah gear after admitting the University of Utah into the PAC-10 June 17, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The University of Utah was invited to join the PAC-10 for the 2011-12 athletic year. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

A year ago today, the Big 12 was saved and Utah was offered an invitation to join the Pac-10 (which technically came on the 16th - but leaks of it were released on the 15th). It was an invitation they would accept and in less than three weeks, they'll officially be a member of the Pac-12 Conference.

Hard to believe it's been a year since those tense moments in mid-June. If you followed the situation closely back in 2010, you probably took up smoking, maybe even heroin, and lost all your hair and fingernails. It was to Utah as the Cuban Missile Crisis was to the world. 

Thankfully, the Utes came out of it with the best possible scenario imaginable - they were sent to the Pac-12 South, they got a fat television deal and pretty much left their rivals, BYU, in the dust. 

But it wasn't a sure thing and certainly was a moment that most Ute fans never expected. 

Now we're less than a month away from the culmination of that moment. 

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