George Kliavkoff: 10 schools remaining in Pac-12 Conference stand united

Oct 26, 2022, 7:07 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 10 schools staying put in the Pac-12 Conference when UCLA and USC leave for the Big Ten next year are united in driving the future success of the league as it searches for expansion options, Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff said Tuesday.

“I know everyone continues to have interest in the current round of realignment. With respect to the Pac-12, I can tell you that our 10 schools are together, aligned, and committed to our conference,” Kliavkoff said at Pac-12 women’s basketball media day.

“We are actively negotiating our next media rights agreements, and there is great interest in the marketplace due to the strength of our schools’ brands and markets. … We remain open to expansion that makes sense for the conference at the appropriate time. For all these reasons, we are incredibly bullish about the future growth and success of the Pac-12.”

The conference announced its preseason women’s polls, with Stanford the favorite to win the Pac-12 — picked by both the coaches and media in separate votes. Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer’s team lost to UConn in the Final Four last spring after winning the national championship in 2021.

“That Connecticut loss was really difficult and it was a tough pill to swallow. As a team and Tara as well, we all hate losing more than we love winning. It was difficult but losses are part of the game so you have to live and learn with it,” senior guard Haley Jones said. “… So we were able to take it and turn it into a positive but also more so as motivation heading into this next season where we have goals, we have aspirations and also taking a step back from last year and realizing that we still had a great season.”

Oregon was chosen second by the coaches and third by media members with Arizona second in media voting and third by the coaches.

UCLA was picked fourth in both polls, which remained the same the rest of the way. Utah was fifth, followed by Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado, USC, Washington, California and Arizona State.

“The Pac-12 is stacked,” VanDerveer said. “It’s going to be a battle, a heavyweight fight every night.”

An earthquake hit the Bay Area shortly before noon local time while UCLA coach Cori Close and her players spoke on the podium about the upcoming season.

“I’m a Bay Area girl,” Close said when told of the shake after not feeling it. “I just, like, roll with it.”

Penguin Air

Arizona State Basketball

Arizona guard Kerr Kriisa (25) passes the ball away from Utah guard Gabe Madsen (55) during the sec...
Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball falls in AP Poll after loss, ASU sniffs top 25

The Arizona Wildcats remain in the top 10, while the Arizona State Sun Devils are closer to being ranked in the AP Poll for men's basketball.
22 hours ago
Arizona State guard Desmond Cambridge Jr. celebrates a turnover by Stanford during the second half ...
Arizona Sports

ASU uses solid defense, 19 points from Desmond Cambridge Jr. to defeat Stanford

The Arizona State men’s basketball team used a great defensive first half and clutch shot-making to defeat Stanford.
22 hours ago
Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley argues for a call in the first half of an NCAA college basket...
Wills Rice

Bobby Hurley points to defense, toughness as Arizona State’s identity

After an impressive road 60-59 victory over Colorado on Thursday, Bobby Hurley and the Sun Devils start off the year 1-0 in conference play.
2 days ago
Arizona State forward Jamiya Neal, left, drives the lane as Colorado guards Nique Clifford, front r...
Associated Press

Arizona State basketball’s late 3 caps off comeback win over Colorado

Arizona State kicked off Pac-12 play with a clutch three pointer with under three seconds remaining in a 60-59 win over Colorado.
4 days ago
Arizona State Sun Devils forward Marcus Bagley (23) looks on during the college basketball game bet...
Kellan Olson

Arizona State forward Marcus Bagley tweets he has been ‘suspended’

Arizona State forward Marcus Bagley tweeted on Tuesday that he had been "suspended" by the team.
7 days ago
Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley talks to Marcus Bagley during the first half of the team's NCAA co...
Tyler Drake

Hurley: ‘There’s just no minutes’ for ASU’s Marcus Bagley right now

ASU's Bobby Hurley told Arizona Sports' Bickley & Marotta that Marcus Bagley's lack of playing time stems from his teammates' upped play.
7 days ago
George Kliavkoff: 10 schools remaining in Pac-12 Conference stand united