The Utes might join a new conference for one sport.
Utah might be joining the ACC. Or the Big Ten. Or the Big East.
Don’t get too excited, though, conference realignment fans.
It would only be for one sport – lacrosse.
The Utes are starting a Division 1 men’s lacrosse program and are in talks with the ACC, Big Ten and Big East about joining their league for the sport.
Utah will begin play in the spring of 2019 and is currently the Westernmost Division 1 team. No other Pac-12 team has a lacrosse program.
Here are some of the details, from The Salt Lake Tribune:
Holman will be retained as the Utes head coach, and he’s expected to keep his staff — which includes three Major League Lacrosse players. Utah won’t be able to sign recruits until the fall and won’t be able to offer financial assistance until July 1, 2018, but the team is already recruiting and working with compliance; Holman said he had received 40 text messages from recruits on Friday morning before Utah’s news conference.
The team will likely start with eight scholarships split among 40 players before building its way up to a full 12.6-scholarship allotment. They’ll play games on the women’s soccer field and practice on the artificial surface in the center of Utah’s track. The Utes are in early talks with the ACC, Big Ten and Big East to join a conference.
One of the Big Ten’s recent additions, Maryland, won the national title in men’s lacrosse this past season.