UA big winner in realignment

It looks as if the Pac-10 divisions are set, although athletic directors are still expected to meet October 21 to finalize numerous plans.

It looks as if the Pac-10 divisions are set, although athletic directors are still expected to meet October 21 to finalize numerous plans.

Sources say the Arizona schools will be with the California schools to form one half of the Pac-12. Although scheduling has yet to be decided, the Wildcats are definitive winners here.

For starters, the UA coaching staffs will use the Los Angeles market as a major recruiting tool. There will be numerous trips to California and you can be assured that coaches will drive home this point when recruiting.

It goes without saying that success can be directly tied to recruiting and the fact that the UA is with California schools is a very positive thing overall.

The bad part for Arizona is that the division will be very difficult. In fact, it should be far superior to the other part of the conference, as Arizona will have to compete with numerous schools on the rise such as Stanford and UCLA while also having to face USC, Cal, and an improved Arizona State.

The competition will be fierce but athletic director Greg Byrne and football coach Mike Stoops have been on record as saying that being in a division with the California schools would be a major deal.

It remains to be seen what will come of the realignment, but credit has to go to Byrne due to the success it seems he has had so far

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