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June 7, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Lorenzo Romar on Expansion: “The Pac-12 … That’s Doable”

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar went on KJR-AM today and he didn’t sound optimistic when asked if he thought the Pac-10 would expand to 16 teams.
There’s a growing belief several Big 12 teams are headed to other conferences. Nebraska and Missouri could be interested in joining the Big Ten while the Pac-10 is reportedly set to extend an invitation to Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Colorado and Oklahoma State.
The new Pac-16 would be in place for the 2012-13 season and would include two eight team divisions including the Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, California, USC and UCLA in one division. The other division would consist of Arizona, Arizona State and the six Big 12 schools.
Baylor is hopeful the Big 12 stays intact and several Big 12 members sounded optimistic last week during their conference meetings.
Still many others contend change is inevitable and the latest conference realignment rumor has Syracuse being the key to luring Notre Dame into the Big Ten.
Romar believes if the Pac-10 does expand, then it will probably expand to 12 teams rather than 16.
“If six schools are added to the conference, I’m just not so sure that’s going to happen,” he said. “When it’s all said and done, maybe it gets whittled down to maybe where a couple come in. If it’s the Pac-12, I think that’s doable. That’s manageable.
“The Pac-10 at one time, I actually joined the league myself as a player the first year that the Arizona schools were brought in and I was raised in the Pac-8. But the Pac-10 has certainly ended up fine. Pac-12 could be fine as well. When you get into 16 that makes it a little more tricky.”
(So you would not be a fan of adding six teams?) “I would be supportive of whatever is decided to do, but I think 10-12 is probably more of a workable number.”
(What does it mean for recruiting?) “Right now our philosophy is to pretty much recruit Pac-10 cities. With those (schools) that you named (Oklahoma and Texas), now you have more and in those cases it would be more states as opposed to just cities. You can get into those states and there would be probably a little more familiarity with your program.”
Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott (below) told reporters Sunday the conference school presidents have given him the authority to pursue expansion.

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