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New Pac-12 defined


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The press conference is over, so now we know what the Pac-12 football schedule will look like. For more on that, read on.

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• Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott, sharing the podium with Arizona State president Michael Crow, outlined a conference with two divisions you’ve already heard. Washington State will be in the North with Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal and Stanford. The new members, Utah and Colorado, are in with USC, UCLA, ASU and Arizona. The California schools will get to play each every year, which limits the Northwest schools’ trips to Southern California, though Scott said it would be every other year. The tradeoff: When the new media deals come into effect in 2012, the Pac-12 will split the money equal, as long as its more than $170 million, which it should be. That finally gets WSU’s outside revenue up to par with USC and UCLA and the other conference schools. Will see if the change in scheduling affects recruiting in So Cal. … There will also be a title game and it will be held at the home field of the team with the best record, even if it’s WSU and 35,000-seat Martin Stadium. … Basketball will not be in divisions, there will be home-and-home with the rival every year, six home-and-home matchups and four single games. Other than the rival, the schedule will vary. … There won’t be much change with the other sports, except plugging in the new members.

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• That’s all for now. We’ll be back later. Until then …


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