The newly named Pac-12 is perhaps known primarily as one of the country’s elite collegiate athletic conferences with a storied history of on-field excellence. Before its name change, the Pac-10 led the nation in NCAA Championships in 44 of the last 50 years, and if the Pac-12 as it now stands were its own nation, its athletes would have placed 5th in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games medal count.
The U of U’s induction into the PAC-12 strengthened the already active sporting community on campus. The Mighty Utah Student Section, or MUSS, is the student fan club for university athletics. It is also the most popular student section in the West.
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Much More than Athletics
The Pac-12 represents much more than schools with impressive athletic pedigrees; its universities are among the most recognizable higher educational brands in the world and comprise THE flagship research universities of the West with a combination of over 130 Nobel Laureates, over 40 Pulitzer Prize winners, and an impressive number of technological patents and businesses generated from the commercialization of home-grown innovation.