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May 8, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Pac-10 meetings wrap up

This week’s Pac-10 meetings in Phoenix have concluded and as noted a couple of days ago, the overriding theme was how to deal with the financial issues suddenly facing everybody in college athletics.
Jim Muldoon, the associate commissioner of the conference for communications and football administration, said a “cost-cutting committee” has been formed to explore ways the entire conference can shave expenses. It made some recommendations that will be debated when the conference’s presidents and chancellors meet again in early June in San Francisco — this meeting was for the ADs and coaches and conference administration.
Muldoon said “everything is on the table” in terms of cutting costs. That could include more eliminating of sports around the conference as UW just did with swimming. In the short-term, it could also mean shorter seasons for non-revenue sports, cutting the size of travel squads (not just athletes but also university personnel), and eliminating the practice of football teams staying the night before home games in a hotel (something some other sports sometimes do, as well).
Also a thought is cutting the size of travel squads for bowl games — again, not just the team (though that could be an issue as teams generally take everyone on the roster to bowl games) but also the entire traveling party (band, etc.).
Also on the table is eliminating the printing of media guides and instead having them be on-line only. Most, if not all, of these are proposals that the Pac-10 wouldn’t do on its own but would recommend that the NCAA take action on as a group so no conference would be left at a competitive advantage or disadvantage.
Muldoon also said that the major issue for the football coaches was recommending that the conference go away from the round-robin schedule of playing each of the other nine conference teams, which was implemented in 2006, and instead playing just eight conference games. Muldoon said the primary reason for wanting to go back to the eight-game schedule is so it would be easier for more conference teams to get bowl eligible.
The football coaches and ADs also met with some representatives of various bowls as contracts for non-BCS bowls for all conferences expire at the end of this season. However, there were no specific offers, apparently, from any other bowls just yet. Renewing bowl agreements, however, will be among the first significant orders of business for incoming Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott, who takes over July 1.
The football coaches also recommend that the Pac-10 sponsor legislation to the NCAA to change the rule not allowing head coaches to go on the road recruiting in May. That’s something UW coach Steve Sarkisian has been vocal about during his time with the Huskies, saying in February that “we’ve got to change that.”

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