Chancellor Birgeneau gave some intriguing tidbits of information at yesterday's Cal Alumni Club Q+A in New England. In addition to an expansion, the conference may announce its own television network by this weekend.
On Monday, in Wellesley, Mass., UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau participated in a Q&A with the Cal Alumni Club of New England, and sources say that during that meeting, Cal's top official revealed several tantalizing tidbits in regards to the possible expansion of the Pac-10 Conference.
Birgeneau confirmed that the chancellors and presidents of the Pac-10 member schools will be holding a conference meeting on June 6 in San Francisco, and said that he would be "surprised if something did not happen that revolutionized college athletics."
Birgeneau said that expansion is a real possibility in the near future, and that the Pac-10 is seriously considering "a couple of schools, at least one of which meets the academic standards of the rest of the Pac-10."
The Chancellor cited the fact that Illinois makes $13 million per year alone from its participation in the Big Ten Network, a "model we're really looking to, going forward."
After the jump Fox Sports prepares to pick up football games for the 2010 season, baseball earns a trip to the postseason and tennis' Jana Juricova finishes as the runner-up in the NCAA singles tourney.
- The summer strength and conditioning program for players begins today. Also, the Fox Sports network should soon announce which games it's picking up for the 2010 season.
- The Bears earned a no. 2 seed at the Norman regional, where they will play North Carolina in the opening round. Should the Bears advance, they will face Oral Roberts or no. 11 Oklahoma.
- Jana Juricova finished as the runner-up in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles Championship. She lost to Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia in two sets.