Football/basketball: Expansion, USC coverage

–Here’s the story we ran today from the Los Angeles Times about USC’s penalties. It includes quotes we added from Jeff Tedford and Sandy Barbour.

–A thorough story on Colorado/expansion by our own Jeff Faraudo here.

–Columnist Gary Peterson weighs in on the impact the USC sanctions might have.

–Jon Wilner says Pac-10 expansion clearly is motivated by money.


Football/basketball: Barbour on Colorado

I spoke this evening with Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour, who was happy and excited about the Pac-10 adding Colorado for the 2012-13 season.

“We’re thrilled. I think there are all kinds of reasons why the addition of the University of Colorado is not only a great idea for the conference but certainly for Cal,” she said. “From an academic and athletic and marketing and television market and somewhat from a geography standpoint, it all makes really good sense.”

Asked if she has a sense what might happen next, Barbour said, “I think we just don’t know. There are certainly scenarios and possibilities where there”s a lot more change to come. But I can envision scenarios where we could end up as the Pac-11. (Either way) I think Colorado would be a very good add.”

Barbour acknowledged that things are moving quickly, but suggested that by imposing a deadline on schools to declare their intentions, the Big 12 forced Colorado’s hand.

“I think under the circumstances and some of the strategies employed by some of the conferences to either stay together or acquire new members, you can see why it had to come together very quickly,” she said.

Without getting ahead of the process that may ultimately land Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the Pac-10, Barbour said she understands how difficult this might be for schools such as Baylor and Kansas, which may find themselves left behind in a crumbling Big 12.

“That’s a really unfortunate part of this kind of movement,” she said. “It’s very exciting for those that are considered winners to find new and exciting and enhanced homes.”

On the question of how the Pac-10 will handle travel and scheduling, Barbour said conference leadership has her full confidence. They “will use the right value system and the right priorities in putting together the massive numnber of details that will be required to be prepared for an expanded conference in 2012.”


   — Nickname: Golden Buffaloes
   — Location: Boulder, Colo.
   — Founded: 1876
   — Enrollment: 30,128 undergraduate students
   — Intercollegiate sports teams: Football, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf and track and field, women’s soccer, tennis and volleyball, co-ed skiing.
   — Most recent national championship: Men’s cross country (2006)
   — Famous non-athlete alumni: Judy Collins, musician; Glenn Miller, musician; Robert Redford (did not graduate), actor; Scott Carpenter, astronaut; Stephen Bechtel Jr., busissman; Rick Reilly, writer.
   — Famous athlete alumni: Chauncey Billups, basketball; Hale Irwin, golf; Kordell Stewart, football; Bill Toomey, track and field.
   — Association of American Universities: Colorado is among 34 U.S. public university members of the century-old organization of elite research institutions. Current Pac-10 schools with membership are Cal, Stanford, Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington.


Football: Transfer rules

For those of you thinking Cal might now be able to scoop up some disgruntled USC players, don’t hold your breath. Under terms of the NCAA ban, juniors and seniors are allowed to transfer to another school without having to sit out a year. …with one exception. Pac-10 rules state that any USC player wishing to transfer to another Pac-10 school not only has to sit out a year, but also loses a year of eligibility. So it’s hard to imagine any USC player near the end of his career accepting that arrangement.

For the record, USC freshman and sophomores would still have to sit out a year if they transfer out, but wouldn’t lose any eligibility (similar to normal rules).

Of course, these implications are only valid if USC’s appeal is denied.


Football: Pac-10 on USC

Here’s the Pac-10’s official reaction to the NCAA’s ruling on USC today:

“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.”


Football/basketball: NCAA releases USC sanctions; plus USC reaction

Here’s the official NCAA news release on its sanctions against USC football, men’s basketball and women’s tennis.


The headlines:

•    Four years of probation
•    A two-year football postseason ban
•    Vacation of regular-season and postseason wins for all three sports
•    Scholarship reductions in football (to 15 initial grants and 75 total grants for each of the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, which represents a decrease of 10 scholarships for each of the three seasons)
•    Scholarship reductions in men’s basketball (from 13 to 12 for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years)
•    Recruiting restrictions for men’s basketball

Here’s USC’s official response. Not surprisingly, the Trojans say they will appeal penalties they believe are too harsh.

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said the conference will provide its statement later this afternoon.


Football/basketball: Colorado’s Pac-10 arrival off to rocky start

A 10:30 a.m. PDT teleconference introducing Colorado as the newest member of the Pac-10 was interrupted by technical difficulties and rescheduled for early this afternoon. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott welcomed the Golden Buffaloes to the conference, calling it an “historic day,” but the phone company hosting the call was unable to activate the phone lines for Colorado president Bruce D. Benson or Colorado chancellor Phillip P. DiStefano, preventing either from speaking to the media.


We’ll have more as soon as things are back up and running properly.