The dream of a Pac-16 by 2012 is dead. However, that doesn't mean that Expandageddon is over. Enjoy your Tuesday Quack Fix.
- Bob Clark has an article today on new assistant basketball coach Kevin McKenna, who will be a part of Coach Altman's staff for the third time. Clark reports that despite resigning the head coaching job at Indiana State, the $250,000 in guaranteed compensation the first two years that McKenna will earn at Oregon represents a "significant" increase in pay (his annual guaranteed compensation at ISU came in at $200,000). Other details of his agreement are also included.
- The Denver CBS affiliate has a blog post about how the conference will be split into divisions, assuming Utah joins the conference. Reportedly, the Utes would join Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, USC and UCLA in a southern division. While maybe not the most geographically accurate, at least it would guarantee the eight non-California schools two division opponents from the state.
- The Daily Camera has a report that Colorado may look to join the conference as early as 2011. By joining the Pac-10 a year earlier, Colorado would appear poised to avoid losing $4.5 - $5 million in exit fees they would be required to pay, as stipulated by the Big-12.
- Block U is has a rumor that Utah has already notified the MWC of their decision to leave the conference.
- As everyone knows by now, the Big-12 has managed to avoid extinction after Texas agreed to stay in exchange for the rights to their own television network. Like everybody else, I am very interested in how Big-12 commissioner Dan Beebe will explain how he plans to increase the TV revenue that conference schools earned last year ($7 - $10 million) to the approximately $20 - $25 million he promised despite the defections of Colorado and Nebraska.
- The search for a new Athletic Director is starting to take shape. The 13-member search committee hopes to come up with a list later this week of six to eight candidates to invite to campus for an interview and to have a new AD in place by the end of July.