Not even the most dramatic speculation about Pac-10 realignment – as outlined in the post below – can be ruled out, Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said today.
But neither is anything close to being confirmed, according to Woodward, who is attending Pac-10 meetings this weekend in San Francisco.
“There’s all kinds of discussions going on,” Woodward said. “It’s so many different items, it’s too speculative to narrow it down right now. Everything’s up for discussion, whether it’s a full-on merger or joint ventures, all kinds of scenarios.”
Actually, Woodward did all but rule out one possibility. He doesn’t see any of the current Pac-10 schools breaking apart: no top schools leaving for greener pastures, no smaller college-town members such as Washington State or Oregon State being forced out.
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“No,” Woodward said. “You never say never on anything … but I would be shocked.”
There seem to be no such assurances in the Big 12, where schools like Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State and perhaps even Kansas could be left scrambling to find homes in the new superconference landscape that could be emerging. And in that landscape, the driving force isn't athletic tradition, but television sets delivered.
We'll have more on the whole issue online later, and in our Saturday paper.