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June 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM

More on expansion — Woodward comments and a couple links

Had a chance to talk a few minutes ago with UW athletic director Scott Woodward, who said that while he knows there was a lot of excitement about the prospect of a Pac-16, he thinks the Pac-10 will end up just fine with a smaller expansion.
“I think there was a lot of uncertainty and a lot of potential excitement,” he said of events of the last few days, when it first appeared as if Texas would come to the Pac-10 and form a Pac-16, only to see it all unravel today. “But change is a difficult thing. We were excited about it and I think most fans were. But the most important thing is that we are going to land in a stronger place than we have been and we are going to negotiate a heck of a TV contract going forward.”
Woodward said he thinks Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott should be commended for a “bold and corageous move. … My hat is off to him.”
It’s widely expected that the Pac-10 will likely now act to add Utah to make a 12-team conference, and then be done with expansion.
Woodward said he couldn’t speak to what may happen now, saying that Scott has the approval “to do what he sees fit. … I don’t think there is any hurry, but (if something is done) it could be done in a hurry.”
Also, two pretty interesting links in the last hour:
— ESPN’s Andy Katz details how it was apparently a wide coalition of people in college athletics who helped save the Big 12, hoping to detail a quick and massive expansion they viewed as not in the best interests of college sports right now.
— And the Salt Lake Tribune examines how Utah is now a likely target of the Pac-10, including a quote from BYU’s athletic director who says he “can’t imagine” the Utes saying no to the Pac-10.

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