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June 8, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Cost-cutting focus of Pac-10 meetings

The Pac-10 Conference’s annual June meetings have concluded, and the conference issued a press release today hitting on the highlights — which mostly focused on measures aimed at cutting costs.
Here is the release:

“Cost containment measures highlighted the actions of Pacific-10 Conference leaders in just concluded meetings.
The Conference will forward a number of legislative proposals to the NCAA and will request the Association to handle the proposals on an expedited basis.
The legislation includes a proposal to sponsor NCAA legislation in cross-country, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball to specify that any intercollegiate competition during the non-championship segment shall count against the maximum contest/dates of competition for the championship segment.
Another proposal would eliminate the ability for institutions to provide housing at an on- or off-campus location, such as a hotel, the night before a home regular season contest in all sports unless the competition site is more than 25 miles from its campus.
Also proposed is the elimination of publication of printed media guides, recruiting brochures or any sport-specific publication, and elimination of institutional and conference foreign tours in all sports. The Pac-10 also is recommending the elimination of regional competition in the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
The Pac-10 Council also approved a number of internal cost containment initiatives, including smaller student-athlete and support staff travel squad sizes for regular-season and Conference championship competition, suspension of the provision of participation awards to student-athletes at Conference championships and elimination of some social activities at championships.
The actions are expected to save Conference members more than $1.0 million in the aggregate.
In other action, the Conference approved a policy limiting institutions to one road weekday football game per season when classes are in session, discussed interest in studying the viability of establishing a Conference television network, met with interested bowl game organizations regarding affiliations for the 2010-13 bowl cycle and approved in concept holding the 2011 Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament at USC’s Galen Center.
The Conference Medal, awarded annually to each institution’s outstanding senior male and female student-athlete, was renamed the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who is retiring at the end of June after 26 years as Pac-10 Commissioner.”

Also, as the Times reported Saturday, the conference tabled for now any discussion of eliminating the round-robin football schedule.

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