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Hoops season dedicated to Wooden

Here is Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott's opening statement from basketball media day, held today in Los Angeles:

“This is an exciting time for the Pac-10 as we try to transform the conference with an ambitious plan forbuilding a uni!ed conference. We’ve added two terrific schools in Colorado and Utah that will allow us tocreate a modern 12-school conference. By creating a foundation of equality in this new enterprise, we are inthe position to aggressively pursue our goals together. We’re not just building a national brand but a globalbrand. To do that we needed to create a conference with a clear, uniform set of standards that will carry us tothe future. The historic steps we took last week leave us very excited about what the future holds for thePac-12 Conference.”

“The history of success the Pac-10 has enjoyed in men’s and women’s basketball is well-known. Coaching haslong been a tremendous strength of the Pac-10 and this season is no different. All 10 of our men’s basketballcoaches have led their teams to the postseason and eight have led their teams to the NCAA Sweet 16.

“I’m honored to announce today that the 2010-11 Pac-10 basketball season will be dedicated to John Woodenand his legacy to Pac-10 basketball. What Coach Wooden stood for, the lessons he taught and the impact hehad on so many people are truly immeasurable. His gift to all of us was instilling values and principles in thegame of basketball that easily transferred to everyday life.

“To honor Coach Wooden and his legacy, we’re producing a series of sportsmanship public serviceannouncements that will be on our football and basketball broadcasts this year that share the teachings of thePyramid of Success. These will also be aired on video boards throughout the season. We’ll have a special ingamepresentation to the Wooden family during the Paci!c Life Basketball Tournament. We renamed thePac-10 Coach of the Year Award in both men’s and women’s basketball to the John Wooden Coach of the YearAward.

“2010-11 also marks the 25th anniversary of women’s sports in the Pac-10, and women’s basketball is amajor part of the overwhelming history of success the conference has enjoyed. The Pac-10 has been one ofthe most dominate women’s basketball conference in the country. For the first time in our history, we willshowcase the best in men’s and women’s basketball on the same floor by hosting a combined Paci!c LifeBasketball Tournament right here in the Staples Center.”

And here's some reaction for UW coach Lorenzo Romar, a former UCLA assistant and fan of Wooden's:

“What set him apart was his core values," Romar said. "If Coach Wooden was in another profession, he would have been inthe hall of fame for whatever career he had. He was not a philosopher by trade, he didn’t have a talk show, butI think if you go back and read the books, there is a wealth of knowledge not very many people possess.”