Thompson: Scott hasn't contacted him

Updated: June 16, 2010, 12:11 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson says he was told Monday by Utah's athletic director that the university had not been contacted by the Pac-10.

Thompson was attending a meeting of conference commissioners in northern California on Tuesday. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was not in attendance.

Later Monday night, Comcast SportsNet reported that the Pac-10 will extend an invitation to Utah to become the league's 12th team, according to sources close to the situation.

Comcast SportsNet reported that a news conference is expected to formalize the announcement on Thursday.

Utah athletic director Chris Hill had no comment on the invitation when contacted by ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

MWC officials told the Salt Lake Tribune that they have not received any notification from Utah that it is leaving, and Utah associate athletic director Liz Abel said there was "nothing new to report."

Thompson says Scott has not contacted him since the Pac-10's invitation to Texas was declined Monday. The Pac-10 was hoping to add the Longhorns and four other Big 12 schools to form a 16-team conference, but Texas and the rest decided to stay put. The Pac-10 is one member short of the 12 it needs to hold a football championship game.

Utah has been speculated as being the Pac-10's next target.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.