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Buffs Greats Brown, Pritchard Named To Pac-12 Council

Dec 20, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Colorado Buffaloes standouts Chad Brown and Mike Pritchard have been selected to serve on the first Pac-12 Football Alumni Council.

The league announced the formation of the council Monday, and it will include former coaches and players. According to a press release, the council "is designed to leverage the knowledge and promotional power of prominent Pac-12 football alumni in support of the Pac-12's football goals, which include elevating the football brands of all schools and the Pac-12, supporting recruiting efforts, and ultimately maximizing CFP selections and winning national championships."

Brown and Pritchard were both standouts for Bill McCartney's Buffaloes in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Both played integral roles on CU's 1990 national championship team before going on to have successful NFL careers.

Pritchard called the appointment to the council "an awesome opportunity to help grow the footprint of CU football and the Pac-12."

Pritchard and Brown will be joined on the council by Scooby Wright (Arizona), Brandon Sanders (Arizona), Eric Allen (Arizona State), Justin Forsett (Cal), Shane Vereen (Cal), Alex Mack (Cal), Mike Bellotti (Oregon), Tyrell Crosby (Oregon), Steven Jackson (Oregon State), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Toby Gerhart (Stanford), Zach Ertz (Stanford), Toi Cook (Stanford), Johnathan Franklin (UCLA), Marcedes Lewis (UCLA), Derrick Deese (USC), Tim McDonald (USC), Steve Smith (Utah), Lincoln Kennedy (Washington), Brock Huard (Washington), Dana Hall (Washington), and Jack Thompson (Washington State). 

Led by Pac-12 Senior Associate Commissioner for Football Operations Merton Hanks, the Council held its initial set of meetings during the month of November and at the Pac-12 Football Championship Game in Las Vegas. Discussions focused on potential marketing, promotional, social and PR initiatives to build and enhance the Pac-12 football brand; concepts to help drive interest in and exposure for Pac-12 football along with attendance at Pac-12 football home games; opportunities for Pac-12 football alumni to promote the value of being a Pac-12 student-athlete and to generate greater interest in Pac-12 football through social media and other channels; and strategic opportunities to better position Pac-12 football for success through key operational levers such as scheduling. Implementation of select agreed upon initiatives is expected to begin the first quarter of 2022.

"The Pac-12 consistently produces high performing and marquee NFL players along with former football student-athletes who go on to incredibly successful careers both within and beyond the gridiron," said Hanks. "We are committed to building deeper relationships with our football alumni through substantive engagement on football matters. Our Pac-12 Football Alumni Council boasts unmatched football knowledge and national fan followings, and we look forward to working with them to support Pac-12 football across both promotional and strategic levels."

 The Pac-12 Football Alumni Council intends to meet several times per year around marquee events and important moments of the year.