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October 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Woodward talks about realignment on KJR-AM

UW athletic director Scott Woodward was a guest on KJR-AM this morning, talking about the latest reports of how the Pac-12 may be aligned, and a few other topics. …
— Woodward said of the reports of a recent 7-5 vote to approve a North-South split that would have the fourth NW schools aligned with Stanford and Cal that “frankly, I think that’s where it will end up at the end of the day with the Bay Area schools in our division. But it’s still to be decided by the CEOs (which could happen next week in San Francisco) and there is the schedule issue, which is far from being done yet. … there are a lot of discussions going on and a lot of debate happening and a lot of egos and people involved when you are dealing with 12 teams which is why it’s premature (to assume it’s a done deal).”
— He agreed that a schedule that would feature five games against the teams in your division each year and four against the other is the leader at the moment but said again that nothing is done.
— Asked about the comments of USC AD Pat Haden that the Trojans were not in favor of the split and did not want to be separated from the Bay Area schools, he said that: “Pat has to do what he has to do for his fan base, and I don’t begrudge him that. … it doesn’t affect me one way or the other. He has a right to his opinion and if he has to do that for his fan base, so be it.”
— He said that it’s likely that a Pac-12 title game would be held initially at the site of the regular-season champ. “That’s the way I view it and the way I see it and where I think it’s going,” he said. But he said that wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent plan depending on how successful it is. “I think it’s going to be an evolving organic process to see how you do it,” he said.
— Asked if adding Utah and Colorado was worth it at the cost of making the LA area more competitive, he said that he think that is “way overinflated what is happening there. As far as I can tell, Boise State has done a nice job recruiting in Los Angeles and they are not in the Pac-10.”
— He said that he thinks expansion was necessary to secure the future of the conference, saying that “the trend is going to getting bigger and bigger or you are going to be left out.” He said that is especially key in negotiating TV deals saying that “the bigger you get the more leverage you are going to have with those guys.”

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