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September 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

A few more words on expansion

Figured I’d pass along a few more links and thoughts on the story that dominated the news last night — the Pac-12’s annoncement that it will stay put for now and will not expand.

UW athletic director Scott Woodward said today that the school was fully in-line with the Pac-12’s move, more than content with the conference’s recent expansion to 12 and subsequent rich TV deal and happy to let it rest ther for now.

“I have the utmost confidence in the leadership of commissioner Larry Scott in bringing us to a top-tier BCS conference,” Woodward said. “I’m pleased with what he’s doing and would have been open to anything he would have suggested, and I think the presidents feel the same way. I like where we are and I like where we’ve come from. It’s a very comforting thing to have such good leadership in the conference.”

Woodward’s thoughts echoed those of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who spoke to ESPN.com today and said that expansion “didn’t make any sense at the end of the day for us.”

As that story details, the news of the Pac-12’s decision to stay with its current lineup was met favorably by everyone in the conference. In essence, the Pac-12 got what it wanted out of the earlier expansion, which led to a conference title game and rich TV deal. There was no certainty that going to 14 or 16 was going to add to the overall pie — and there was obviously the potential for complications down the road.

It’s also not as if this is the end of the opportunity for future expansion. The Pac-12 may likely be back at this point again in a few years time. For now, though, the conference has decided 12 is enough — a decision met with whole-hearted approval at Washington.

IN OTHER EXPANSION NEWS. …

— Times columnist Steve Kelley says expansion comes at a high cost.

Bud Withers says that while the Pac-12 was operating mostly out of its own self-interest, it may have done something for the greater good, as well.

— The LA Times details how the Pac-12 put the brakes on expansion everywhere.

— Lots of spinning coming out of Oklahoma today.

— This story details how Oklahoma may have overplayed its hand.

— And all of this means the Big 12 may well stay intact.

UPDATED — This was updated to include the full quote from Woodward.

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