WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The Pac-10 adopted a nine-game Conference football schedule at its meetings recently concluded in Portland, Ore. The switch will begin in 2006 when the overall college season increases to 12 regular season games.
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 year before Arizona and Arizona State joined the then Pacific-8 for the 1978 season.
This coming season Arizona is scheduled to "miss" Washington State, one of the teams it has played all but one year in the Pac-10's scheduling system.
Over the years as a Pac-10 affiliate, Arizona has "missed" seven games against Stanford and Southern California, six against Washington, four against Oregon, three apiece against UCLA and Cal, two against Oregon State and one against Washington State.
In 1990, the Wildcats played their only season with all league teams on the schedule (5-4). Only two other teams ever played a full round-robing, California (1979 and 1986) and Washington State (1986).
The Conference also 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.
Since the Arizona schools joined the Pac-10,