Utah Utes football: Pac-12 realignment meets with mostly approval
A look at headlines around the new territory of the Pac-10 (soon to be the Pac-12) show that Thursday's press conference announcing the details of the expanded league's football situation drew praise from nearly every corner. The Sporting News called the new league a cash cow.
The Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne declared in his column that says USC and UCLA scored big in the new aggreement. Since the Los Angeles area schools were allowed to keep rivalries with Cal and Stanford, In report he quotes the Trojan's Athletic Director Pat Haden: "From USC's standpoint, we're quite pleased . . . They've preserved the traditional rivalries. Not just ours, everybody's. It's a new day, we're happy, and bring on the Pac-12."
The San Francisco Chronicle announced that Cal and Stanford had a lot to gain from the new alignment, pointing out possible financial gains in a non-column story. From that story comes another athletic director quote:
"It was something that all four of the California schools for months stated as essential to us," Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said. Asked if a change would have been a deal-breaker, she said, "Correct."
Chronicle writer John Crumpacker, who was critical of the possibility of splitting the California schools changed his tone after finding that the four schools will always play each other every year. He wrote, "Kudos to conference commissioner Larry Scott in recognizing the historic importance of these rivalry games between the four California schools."
Washington State sounded pleased by its future schedules as well.
"I felt all along the best situation would be for the Northwest schools and the Northern California schools to be together. I felt that was best for Washington State," said football coach Paul Wulff told the The Seattle Times. The Associated Press says the Huskies will enjoy a bigger sports budget.
Oregon AD Rob Mullen spoke with high praiseof the arrangements but OregonLive.com documented some dissent.
"Detractors to the North-South split argued that the Northwest schools got short-changed in the decision, because they will be making fewer trips to Los Angeles and Phoenix -– two areas that each of the four programs leans on for recruiting," wrote Jim Beseda.
The site also has an interesing question and answer session with Oregon State coach Mike Riley.
AZCentral.com claimed victory for the two Arizona schools, Arizona and Arizona State. Columnist Paola Boivin anticipates better visiting crowds with schools from neighboring states than from its more distant conference members in the North Division.
"That means the Oregon and Washington schools will compete against Los Angeles-area schools only once every two years, irking much of a Northwest fan base that values the perks that come with those meetings, including recruiting advantages and attractive travel," Boivin wrote.
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