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Pac-10 commissioners: outgoing and incoming

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 31, 2008 at 6:28 pm with No Comments »
July 31, 2008 6:28 pm

Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen treated Pac-10 football media day last week as though it was no different from any other media day.

It was different, of course, because it will be his last. Hansen announced earlier this summer that he will be stepping down after a 26-year reign. (Here’s the story I wrote at the time.)

However, he played his final media day address prett straight, speaking briefly on the Pac-10’s strong out-of-conference scheduel, its 2008 bowl lineup, its TV contracts, introducing the league’s two new coaches, and taking pride in the Pac-10’s NCAA-high 13 sports championships last season.

I taped his remarks (along with a minute or so of dead air at the end), and you can click here, if you’d like to listen in.

Looking forward, when Hansen first announced his decision to step down, Jon Wilner whipped up an interesting list of candidates in his Mercury News blog. First on the list is former Stanford AD Ted Leland, whose name picked up some steam this week with a New York Times blog mention that the Pac-10 is “leaning” toward him.

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