Pac-10 Approves Post-Season Basketball Tournaments

Oct. 23, 2000

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pacific-10 Conference Chief Executive Officers haveapproved the establishment of men's and women's post-season basketballtournaments.

The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center inLos Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted on campusby one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments will begin in March 2002.

The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987through 1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women.

Commented University of California Director of Athletics John Kasser, chair of thePac-10's committee to develop a men's tournament, 'The Athletic Directors havebeen working to initiate a new tournament for the men's programs because of theincreased visibility it will provide the Conference at the time of year when collegebasketball is nationally highlighted. Because of the high quality of Pac-10 teams, webelieve the tournament will be a major attraction on the Pacific Coast.'

Marie Tuite, Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Washington, whochaired a group to plan the women's tournament, was equally optimistic about thequality of the event, remarking, 'The Pac-10 Tournament will be the culminationand highlight of the women's season. The television coverage and other exposureit will provide our teams should assist us in gaining berths in the NCAAChampionship and good seedings.'

'We are very pleased to commend the Pac-10 on its decision to have a post-seasonmen's basketball tournament and we're thrilled that it will be an annual event atStaples Center,' said Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Sports Group and StaplesCenter. 'We are looking forward to working with the Pac-10 to establish a premierevent for the Conference, its member schools, student-athletes and fans as well asfor Los Angeles and Staples Center.'

In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automaticbid to the NCAA Championship.

The Chief Executive Officers also approved a recommendation that the Conferenceeliminate its current training table rule, which restricts provision of training tablemeals to the one meal per day during the competitive season. With the eliminationof the Conference rule, member institutions are governed by the NCAA rule whichallows one training table meal per day throughout the academic year. The CEOsnoted that year-around training table is a significant student-athlete welfare issue,and that each institution should determine how best to implement training table onits campus.

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