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Pac-10 commissioner given green light for expansion

SAN FRANCISCO — Amid reports that the Pac-10 is ready to invite six southwestern schools to join its ranks, the league concluded its meetings Sunday by giving commissioner Larry Scott the authority to pursue any possible expansion, while not committing the conference to adding any more schools.

Scott addressed the chancellors and presidents on the final day of the weekend meeting about possible expansion scenarios and was given permission to move ahead without having to go back to the board for approval.

"I have the authority to take it different directions depending on various scenarios and discussions we will have," Scott said.

The conference will decide its plans by the end of the year before negotiating a new television contract for the 2012-13 academic year.

There have been reports that the Pac-10 was ready to invite half the Big 12 — Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and either Baylor or Colorado — to create a 16-team megaconference.

Meanwhile, the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported that the Big 12 imposed a deadline of Friday for Nebraska and Missouri to state their intentions on whether they intend to stay or bolt for the Big Ten.

The Kansas City Star reported that Missouri and Nebraska officials neither confirmed nor denied reports of a deadline.

The Big Ten did not take formal action during a meeting about expansion, though officials say their timeline, originally thought to be up to 18 months, might change after the Pac-10 happenings. The Big Ten's 11 school presidents and chancellors met for about 4½ hours, and commissioner Jim Delany said the majority of time was spent on expansion dialogue.

Baseball: UF, FSU move on to super regions

Tyler Thompson became the first Florida player to hit three home runs in a postseason game as the Gators beat Florida Atlantic 15-0 to clinch the Gainesville Region. Thompson, son of former major-leaguer Robby Thompson, drove in six. Brian Johnson pitched seven shutout innings, homered and was named the region's most outstanding player.

The Gators (45-15) advanced to next weekend's super regions, where they'll host Miami or Texas A&M. The Hurricanes (42-18) lost to the Aggies in the Coral Gables Region; the teams meet again tonight at 7.

Florida State (44-17) defeated Oregon 5-3 to finish an unbeaten run in the Norwich, Conn., Region as former Alonso High standout Sherman Johnson hit a two-run homer in the third for the Seminoles. The Seminoles face either Louisville or Vanderbilt in a best-of-three super region.

SOFTBALL: Samantha Camuso hit a three-run homer and B.B. Bates had a two-run shot as UCLA made the World Series final for the first time in five years, beating Georgia 5-2 in Oklahoma City. In the other bracket, Arizona swept Tennessee 8-0 and 5-2 to set up a best-of-three final series with its Pac-10 rival starting tonight.

MEN'S GOLF: Augusta (Ga.) State won its first Division I national title after Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway missed a 3-foot putt on a playoff hole to hand Mitch Krywulycz the match and the Jaguars a 3-1-1 win in Chattanooga, Tenn.

OBITUARY: Nelson Stokley, the former football coach and athletic director at Louisiana-Lafayette and the father of Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley, died Saturday from complications brought on by Alzheimer's disease. He was 66.

Pac-10 commissioner given green light for expansion 06/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, June 7, 2010 1:09am]

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