We all know the Pac-10’s latest moves have nothing to do with women’s hoops. It’s just a sit back and wait until the dust settles to see what will be. Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said as much when I asked her about the possibility of expansion in February.
VanDerveer just wanted the 32-year-old conference to nab a television deal like the Big Ten so all sports could be aired. I agreed, knowing nearly as much about that conference and its women’s basketball as I did the Pac-10.
“I don’t understand. I like the Pac-10 the way it is,” said VanDerveer, who’s been the Stanford coach since 1985. “That might be old-school. But there is something special about playing a true double round-robin and that we have a true winner of the Pac-10. It’s a normal life for kids to not be playing on a Wednesday night and then chartering, which is what you would have to do (if expanding) and it would be extremely expensive.”
Maybe a TV channel dedicated to the new conference is the positive that stems from the deal. Although Washington home games are on Comcast’s On-Demand, that would probably be the only positive for UW women’s hoops.
Especially if the rumored Texas and Oklahoma schools sign up, joining Colorado, which agreed to terms Thursday. The storied Big 12 was a tough conference for hoops and their joining the Pac-10 for a mega union would further bury the Huskies. The competition can only make them stronger — eventually — but it’ll be a long, rough road in my opinion.
What do you think? It won’t stop anything, but do you like the move outside of football?