Though speculation pointed toward a 2012 date for the new conference, news today suggests both Utah and Colorado could bolt for the Pacific Twelve as early as 2011.
The 2012 number results from a convoluted Big 12 bylaw that fines programs who provide only one-year depature notice. The Mountain West, which is thought to be the easiest conference to get out of, does not have such a bylaw. So technically, even if Colorado waited until 2012, the Utes could join as soon as the next football season.
Of course, more information should be readily available when the official announcement is made.