With college football in a little of a February lull period — after signing day and before there’s much regular news on spring practice — there isn’t necessarily a ton of news out there each morning. That means that for a while while I don’t guarantee there will be a links post every morning. But I’ll do what I can to continue what we have done since the beginning of the season in August, passing along links and news of the day each morning.
And today there happens to be a little news as the Pac-12 Conference just announced it has extended the contract of commissioner Larry Scott through the 2016 season. Here’s the pertinent part of the press release:
The Pac-12 Board of Directors, consisting of all 12 university presidents, unanimously extended the contract of Commissioner Larry Scott through 2016 with options to add additional years in the future, it was announced today.
During his first two years, Scott orchestrated a rebranding of the Conference with messages of innovation, excellence, and the advantages of West Coast location at its core, and led it through expansion for the first time since 1978. His leadership efforts helped deliver equal revenue sharing for the first time in Conference history, secure a landmark media rights agreement with FOX and ESPN and led to the creation of the Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Digital Network. Most recently, Scott has developed a globalization initiative that will allow the Conference to pursue new frontiers for the member institutions. The initiative has started with the Pac-12 exploring athletic, academic and cultural exchanges in China.
“My fellow board members and I are delighted to have reached a long-term agreement with the commissioner to continue his excellent work on behalf of the Pac-12,” said Ed Ray, President of Oregon State University and Chairman of the Pac-12 Board. “We are on the brink of a period of extraordinary accomplishment and excellence throughout the Pac-12 and Larry’s continued leadership and vision for the Conference are critical elements in realizing that potential.”
Scott, 47, became the sixth commissioner of the Conference on July 1, 2009. He came to collegiate athletics after serving six years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour (Women’s Tennis Association), where he helped generate unprecedented growth and popularity for women’s professional tennis on a global scale.
As lots of others have already noted, this was a no-brainer to try to make sure Scott says in the fold for quite a while. And with lots of details still be ironed out on the Pac-12 Networks, lots of work remains (and put figuring out what to do with the conference basketball tournament on that list, as well).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Former Husky QB Isaiah Stanback wasn’t on the active roster, but he was on the sidelines yesterday as the Giants won the Super Bowl, earning a ring.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has UW ranked fourth in his post-signing day Pac-12 power rankings.
— Chris Polk says he’s hoping to run a 4.4 40 at the NFL Combine later this month.
— New UW assistant Tosh Lupoi named as one of Rivals.com’s Top 25 recruiters of the year.
— Some interesting recruiting-related thoughts from the Daily Trojans.
— Multichannel.com has an overview of the Pac-12 Networks.
— Looks like Stanford is losing its co-defensive coordinator to the Raiders.