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October 21, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Wrapping up realignment

Figured I’d get one last entry out of the way wrapping up the realignment news from today with a few links before concentrating on actual football for the weekend. And publicly, at least, there are fewer discouraging words to be heard about what happened today than UCLA defensive stops tonight against Oregon.
Bud Withers of our staff was in San Francisco for the Pac-10 announcement Thursday and wrote this column.
— Withers also wrote this story with all of the nuts and bolts news.
— And here’s our question-and-answer look at the new Pac-12.
— WSU is pleased with the new alignment.
— So are Cal and Stanford, according to Jon Wilner, with Jeff Tedford saying it will help recruiting to keep playing USC and UCLA every year.
— USC AD Pat Haden, who wasn’t happy when it looked like the Trojans might not play the Bay Area schools every year, is happy now.
— The Arizona schools are also pleased as punch (and no darn reason not to be).
— Colorado’s also thrilled about it and maybe that will help the Buffs get a new football coach next season.
— And just in case you can’t tell how happy Utah is about it all, the Salt Lake Tribune provides a roughly lifesize picture of Utah AD Chris Hill’s smile as he thinks about all the newfound cash headed his way. (Actually, the picture is about six years old, oddly from the day he hired one-time UW assistant Ray Giacoletti as coach — everybody had better hope this turns out better than that did).
— Interestingly, about the closest anyone came to voicing any kind of displeasure is Oregon State coach Mike Riley, who usually has a good word for everybody about everything. (And the more I read everything, the more I think the original five dissenters may well have been the four California schools, mad that they didn’t get to keep their rivalries together, and Oregon State).
— UCLA is also happy about it, maybe because it means the Bruins might not have to go to Eugene again until about 2014.
Hopefully that’s all you need on realignment. Tomorrow it’s back to football.

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