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Pac-12-bound Colorado puts its Big 12 banners up for saleBefore completing its long-awaited move to the Pac-12 next season, Colorado must make a clean break with its ex.

That's why the Buffaloes are auctioning each Big 12 school's banner that has hung in the Coors Events Center during Colorado's time in the conference.

For the Big 12 memorabilia buff with a few hundred dollars to burn and plenty of vacant wall space, the banners may be of interest. Each is eight-feet long, custom embroidered and adorned with the school's name and mascot name.

In the market for an Oklahoma State logo banner? So far the top bid is $201. How about a similar Missouri banner? $150. Or Texas Tech? That's available too, perhaps at a cheap price since the Red Raiders haven't attracted any bids yet.

Colorado completed its final Big 12 season in March, settling for a deep NIT run after being one of the final teams left out of the NCAA tournament. Star guard Alec Burks turned pro and backcourt mate Cory Higgins graduated, so the Buffs will likely be in rebuilding mode in their first season in the Pac-12.

It's probably safe to assume the Buffs will have new Pac-12 banners in their arena by the time they open the 2011-12 season. By putting the old Big 12 banners up for sale instead of in storage, maybe they'll earn much of the money needed to pay for the new ones.

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