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USC AD Pat Haden talks Pac-10 alignment

Posted on: October 15, 2010 12:07 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Pac-10 still has a lot of details to work out for the 2011 season when both Colorado and Utah will join the conference.  Really, all we know for sure about the new Pac-10 is that its going to have a conference championship game, 12 teams and two divisions.  Where that conference championship game will be held, or who will be in those divisions, we don't know.

Thanks to USC athletic director, Pat Haden, however, we're beginning to at least get an idea of what the divisions will look like.  The conference athletic directors got together for a meeting last week in which they discussed these matters, and one of the divisional suggestions passed by a 7-to-5 vote.  Though that doesn't mean it will be put into effect.

The plan is to break the conference up between north and south, but that creates a problem for schools in Washington and Oregon who need to keep an imprint in the state of California for recruiting purposes.  So a bit of a compromise has been struck.  Both Cal and Stanford would be placed in the North Division, while the two newcomers to the conference will head south.

Which means the Pac-10 would look like this.

North

  • Cal
  • Oregon
  • Oregon State
  • Stanford
  • Washington
  • Washington State

South

  • Arizona
  • Arizona State
  • Colorado
  • UCLA
  • USC
  • Utah
Which makes a lot of sense, but Haden isn't really all that thrilled with the idea.  He's worried for his life, apparently.

“I told them my alumni will kill me if we don’t play the Northern California schools and have the weekender every year," said Haden.

“I proposed a 5-2-2 model that has us playing the five schools (UCLA, AZ schools and Co/Ut) every year and then have the Northern California schools as part of our regular 2 and then rotate the other two.  We need to play Stanford and Cal.”

Which doesn't seem all that unreasonable.  If the conference is willing to put Stanford and Cal up north so the Oregon and Washington schools can maintain a presence in the state of California, then I don't see why it can't give USC protected rivalries with Cal and Stanford as well.  The problem might come if UCLA asks for the same thing, because then the other four north schools may only get one game in southern California every six years or so.

The final vote will come later this month.
Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:30 pm
 

USC AD Pat Haden talks Pac-10 alignment

SDSU is 7-39 all time against Pac-10 teams all time.

UNLV has only one win against the Pac-10 in the last 20 years. 

The Pac-10 took some good teams I would have liked to see Boise St., or TCU over Colorado, but that's just me.

And you obviously must be very young to not know that Wash St. and Arizona St. have been very good in the recent past.  They are going through some down years right now, but they will be back soon.




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:19 pm
 

USC AD Pat Haden talks Pac-10 alignment

Only problem I see with that is SDSU and UNLV suck, in pretty much every sport...occasionally they show up in basketball.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:49 pm
 

pac ten added wrong members

The Pac Ten added the wrong teams- they should have added SDSU and UNLV instead. They have the geography to make everybody happy. Imagine how much happier the northwestern teams would have been with extra trips to Cali and a trip to Vegas? just sayin'...

colorado and Deseret are much less appealing to all pac ten members than San Diego and Vegas would be. Hell, they're trying to put the conference championship in those cites..  yeah they'd have to build them up a bit, but seriously, the conference has Washington State and Arizona State, not the greatest schools ever, SDSU and UNLV would fit right in and would be competitive pretty quick

swap co and utah with unlv and sdsu and both MWC and Pac would be happy


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