Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott just concluded a joint conference call along with officials from the University of Colorado, introduced this morning as the newest member of the conference.
Here are some highlights:
1.) Colorado's membership begins in 2012.
2.) As of now, the Pac-10 has no other invitations out and does not know if additional expansion will necessarily follow. And while Scott also wouldn't rule out that it will, he also said stopping here -- a Pac-11 -- is possible and that Colorado alone is a strong addition to the league. Scott also said reports of an invitation to Oklahoma State aren't accurate.
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3.) The league will consider changing its name once its membership seems settled. He said he believes the name should reflect the membership ... which could mean not only changing the "10" but also perhaps the "Pac."
4.) The conference will probably break into divisions. The league will divide and schedule in a way that tries to minimize cost, inconvenience and especially study time for the athletes.
5.) A conference championship football game could happen as soon as 2012. However, he said he doesn't know if the current round of conference evolution will lead to a handful of superconferences with the champions meeting in a true football championship playoff.
6.) There is no definite timetable for when the conference expansion will be judged "complete."
7.) There are no requirements for Colorado -- which lacks a baseball program -- to add any sports.
8.) Scott implied that he expects Colorado to bring television viewers in Denver in much the same way the Arizona schools bring Phoenix or the Bay schools bring San Francisco. It is not -- he implied -- just Boulder that will become interested in the Pac-10.
9.) Scott said the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood series will go on as scheduled as long as there is a Big 12 to honor the remaining years of the contract. Unless it doesn't. The Colorado officials said they don't like leaving any Big 12 members behind, but that they acted for the academic and athletic good of their school.
10.) Not directly related, but the conference released this statement today regarding NCAA sanctions against USC:
We are aware of the NCAA’s decision to impose penalties on USC, following its recent review of alleged infractions. The NCAA process provides member institutions with the right to appeal and we support USC in its decision to exercise this right. The Conference will have no further comment on the matter, pending the outcome of the appeal process.