Pac-10 Adopts 9-Game Conference Football Schedule, Expands Men's Basketball Tournament to 10 Teams.

June 6, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The adoption of a nine-game Conference football schedule beginning in 2006 when the overall college season increases to 12 regular season games and the expansion of the Men's Basketball Tournament from eight to 10 teams highlighted the actions taken at the Pac-10 annual summer meetings just concluded in Portland, Oregon.

Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the implementation of a full round-robin Conference football schedule starting in 2006. Each Pac-10 team will play nine Conference games and three non-conference games. It is the first time the Conference has had a full round-robin schedule in football since 1977.

The Conference approved a recommendation of the men's basketball coaches and Directors of Athletics to expand the Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament from eight to 10 teams beginning with the 2006 tournament at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will require expanding the event from three to four days. The winner of the tournament receives the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Conference also voted to experiment with instant replay in football during the 2005 season. The Pac-10 will adopt a system similar to the one that was successfully implemented by the Big Ten Conference last season. Instant replay will be utilized in all Conference games and in non-conference games hosted by Pac-10 members if agreed to by the visiting institution.

Elected as Conference officers for 2005-06 academic year were Noel Ragsdale of USC as President of the Council and Petrina Long of UCLA and Todd Turner of Washington as Vice-Presidents.

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