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Will BYU be deemed not a "cultural" fit for the Pac-10?

New Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott's announcement Tuesday that the conference is looking "very seriously" at expansion and could be inviting schools within the next six to 12 months to join the conference...The Pac-10's latest revelation, though, has re-ignited the decades-old debate along the Wasatch Front: Are Utah and BYU viable candidates?

Scott did not reveal any possibilities Tuesday, but his declaration that the primary factor in the decision would be finding schools that fit "culturally and academically" into the Pac-10 has fueled the prevailing notion locally that Utah will receive an invitation and BYU will not.

A former BYU athletics department official who had knowledge of the Pac-10's expansion talks in the 1990s told The Tribune he believes that Utah and Colorado are at the top of the conference's wish list (assuming Texas isn't interested in leaving the Big 12).

He said that despite what Pac-10 officials say publicly, BYU's religious ties will keep it from ever receiving an invitation.

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