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"From my perspective, the name of the conference, the brand -- what it stands for -- ought to reflect the membership," Scott said. "Until our deliberations are concluded about what is the constitution of our membership, we won't go about the process of thinking about the logo or the name."
One area the league wants to take a long look at is scheduling.
More specifically, ways to reduce travel to minimize missed classes. That could mean two divisions based on geographic location.
"We are determined in whatever scenario we wind up with, through the use of divisions and creative scheduling, to make sure that any of these expansion scenarios -- including the most extreme that you've heard of -- do not result in significantly greater travel distances nor more missed class time," Scott said. "I'm confident that in any of the scenarios we're contemplating, that will not be the case."
The Pac-10 expanded for the first time since 1978, when the conference brought in Arizona and Arizona State.
When word surfaced that the Pac-10 might be interested in as many as six Big 12 schools, Baylor alumni began lobbying for the Waco, Texas, school to supplant Colorado on the list of invitees. The Bears were concerned about losing traditional in-state rivals in any conference realignment.
Now the Bears, like several of their Big 12 brethren, are in a precarious situation.
"We don't like leaving people behind," Colorado president Bruce Benson said. "This is a better fit for us. I wish the people in the Big 12, the remaining members, a lot of luck in the future."
Scott announced in February that the Pac-10 was exploring possible expansion. He was given the authority last weekend to offer invitations to potential new members.
Buffaloes athletic director Mike Bohn didn't return a message Thursday, but is scheduled to be at a news conference Friday at Folsom Field.
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne wasn't at all surprised by the Buffaloes' move into the West Coast-based league.
"That's something we thought might happen," he said.
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