Pac-12 Announce Conference Alignment, Revenue Sharing
The Pac-10 had a press conference this morning in San Francisco unveiling the conference alignment of the new Pac-12 conference and monetary issues. With USC Athletic Director Pat Haden decrying the possible elimination of rivalry games between the two Los Angeles schools and the two Bay Area schools, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott reassured that rivalries were the focal point for their decision.
“We used four primary criteria to determine our division alignment, the importance of rivalry games, competitive balance, geography and fan-friendliness,” Scott said. “Our rivalries have been kept completely intact. And this is an important focal point for the conference going forward. Part of the DNA of the Pac-10 is the importance of traditional rivalries.”
Having said that the conference alignment was pretty much as expected: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, California and Stanford comprising the Pac-12 North; USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah making up the Pac-12 South.
The conference will continue to play a nine-game schedule with five games within the division and four inter-divisional matchups.