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Pac-10 exploring expansion options

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said that if the conference is going to expand, a decision likely would be made sometime in the next year.

News of the possible expansion came Tuesday on a conference call to announce the hiring of Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weinberg as Scott's new deputy.

Scott said it made sense to have a decision about expansion before starting to negotiate new television deals that expire following the 2011-12 academic year.

Scott says "serious evaluation" of the topic will go on in the next six to 12 months. He said the primary factor in the decision will be finding schools that fit into the conference culturally and academically and determining whether the benefits of adding extra teams outweigh the costs.

KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City reported should the Pac-10 expand to 12 teams Utah and Colorado would be the likely additions. Utah would be taken over BYU because of BYU's refusal to play games on Sundays. BYU could either stay in the Mountain West or join the Big 12, filling the spot vacated by Colorado.

Any way it shakes out, changes wouldn't take effect until 2011-12 season. That's because a team has to give a one-year notice if it wants to change conferences.

(With information from KTVX-TV, Association Press)

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