Rick George believes trust is present among remaining Pac-12 schools

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After USC and UCLA dashed for the Big Ten, you’d think that the remaining Pac-12 schools would be left with some trust issues. Colorado athletic director Rick George, however, sees mostly transparency during recent discussions with his now-nine other counterparts.

George spoke with the media on Wednesday and said the Pac-12’s current loyalists are aiming to stay aligned, though it’s not yet clear if that means committing to the Pac-12 or joining another conference. While George said “everything is on the table,” keeping the band together seems to be the prevailing focus.

“We trust the people in the room and we have to,” George said. “We look each other in the eye — we’re not in person, but we’re on Zoom — we see each other and we talk through it. I think when this initially happened, there was some concern and there was a reaction to the news that went out there just like you all had a reaction. But again, I always think that cooler heads prevail. Once we had an opportunity as a group to sit down and talk through where we were, to make sure that we were aligned in where we wanted to go, I think it’s been really helpful for us.”

Colorado’s nine-year AD also commended Pac-12 Commissioner George Kilavkoff on his handling of the situation.

To add another layer to the conference’s alignment, George was asked if CU has had a closer relationship with Utah throughout this process, which was at least the thought from outsiders. Despite joining the Pac-12 together and sharing a geographical connection, he confirmed that wasn’t the case; rather, he reiterated a 10-team commitment.

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