Here's the release from the Pac 12 Conference:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 21, 2010) - The Pac-12 Conference took major steps to transform
itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional
rivalries, creating the !rst-ever Pac-12 football championship game, establishing schedule models
for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the !rst time in conference
history, it was announced today.
The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South
division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including
the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship
game to the home !eld of the top team in the conference standings and is easy for fans to follow.
"Our key objective was to transform the Pac-10 to a modern 12-team conference that has long
term strength, increased value, competitive balance and is fan friendly and we have done that with
these monumental decisions today," Commissioner Larry Scott said. "By unanimously adopting a
plan for equal revenue sharing we have created a conference with a strong foundation for long term
success. It's an exciting day for the Pac-12 and all of our fans."
"This has been a very thorough process that created a lot of discussion and has delivered results
that we are all very excited about," said Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University and
Chairman of the Pac-10 CEO Group. "The engagement we have received from all 12 member institutions
and their Presidents and Chancellors has been tremendous. We have an ambitious plan for
the future of our conference and all of that input was vital in allowing us to take these transformational
The new divisions will feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South.
Each school will play !ve divisional games, and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve
all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format
locks in annual inter-divisional games between the Northern and Southern California teams, that
date back to the 1930s.
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The traditional rivalries like Oregon-Oregon State (113 meetings), Cal-Stanford (112), Washington-
Washington State (102), Arizona-Arizona State (83) and UCLA-USC (79) will continue to be played
at the end of each season. Not to be lost, USC has played Stanford (98 times) and Cal (89) more
than it has faced cross town rival UCLA (79). Meanwhile USC, Cal and Stanford tie as UCLA's most
frequent opponent at 79 meetings apiece. The divisions were formed based on the combination of
rivalries, location and competitive balance.
"Not only did we achieve a competitive balance in our divisions, but we were also able to preserve
our traditional rivalries as cornerstones of our conference," Scott said. "These great annual battles
have produced some of the most memorable moments in sports history. It was imperative that we
kept them in tact."
The inaugural Pac-12 Championship game will be played in December 2011 at the home stadium
of the team with the best overall conference record, ensuring a full stadium and an electric collegiate
atmosphere be!tting of a major conference championship game.
There will not be divisions for Pac-12 basketball or any other sports. In men's and women's basketball,
the teams will play an 18-game conference schedule that will include home and home games
with traditional rivals, six rotating home and homes and single play games against the remaining
four teams in the Conference.
The press conference announcing the Pac-12 decisions was streamed live at www.pac-10.org,
powered by Ustream. That webcast is available for further viewing at http://ustream.tv/pac10.
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