PAC-10 Approves Post-Season Basketball Tournaments

Oct. 23, 2000

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The Pacific-10 Conference Chief Executive Officers

have approved the establishment of men's and women's post-seasonbasketball tournaments.

The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at StaplesCenter in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a ten-team eventhosted on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments willbegin in March 2002.

The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the1987 through 1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women.

Commented University of California Director of Athletics John Kasser,chair of the Pac-10's committee to develop a men's tournament, 'TheAthletic Directors have been working to initiate a new tournament forthe men's programs because of the increased visibility it will provide theConference at the time of year when college basketball is nationallyhighlighted. Because of the high quality of Pac-10 teams, we believethe tournament will be a major attraction on the Pacific Coast.'

Marie Tuite, Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Washington,who chaired a group to plan the women's tournament, was equallyoptimistic about the quality of the event, remarking, 'The Pac-10Tournament will be the culmination and highlight of the women's season.

The television coverage and other exposure it will provide our teams should assist us in gaining berths in the NCAA

Championship and good seedings.'

'We are very pleased to commend the Pac-10 on its decision to have apost-season men's basketball tournament and we're thrilled that it willbe an annual event at Staples Center,' said Tim Leiweke, president ofAnschutz Sports Group and Staples Center. 'We are looking forward toworking with the Pac-10 to establish a premier event for the Conference,its member schools, student-athletes and fans as well as for Los Angelesand Staples Center.'

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

The Chief Executive Officers also approved a recommendation that theConference eliminate its current training table rule, which restrictsprovision of training table meals to the one meal per day during thecompetitive season. With the elimination of the Conference rule, member

institutions are governed by the NCAA rule which allows one trainingtable meal per day throughout the academic year. The CEOs noted thatyear-around training table is a significant student-athlete welfareissue, and that each institution should determine how best to implementtraining table on its campus.

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