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Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12, to step down at end of June

Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12, to step down at end of June

Larry Scott’s 11-year run as Pac-12 commissioner will end in June, the meeting reported Wednesday night.

In a proclamation, the meeting said Scott will stay at job until June 30 and aid the progress.

His present agreement is set to expire in June 2022.

“We appreciate Larry’s pioneering efforts in growing the conference by adding new competitive university programs and accelerating the Pac-12 to television network parity with the other conferences,” said University of Oregon president Michael Schill, the chair of Pac-12 CEO Group. “At one point, our television agreement was the most lucrative in the nation and the debut of the Pac-12 Network helped deliver our championship brand to US and global markets on traditional and digital platforms.

“That said, the intercollegiate athletics marketplace doesn’t remain static and now is a good time to bring in a new leader who will help us develop our go-forward strategy.”

A leader board that incorporates Washington State president Kirk Schulz, Washington president Ana Mari Cauce and Schill will lead the quest for his substitution.

“I was in pro sports for 20 years, I’ve now been in college athletics for more than 10 years, and now is a great time in my life to pursue other exciting opportunities,” Scott said in a statement. “This moment, when college athletics are moving in a new direction and with the Conference soon commencing the next round of media negotiations, it seems the right time to make a change.

“It is important that the conference be able to put in place the person who will negotiate and carry out that next agreement. Based on the recent robust valuation and marketplace interest we’ve received from traditional and nontraditional media organizations, I am confident the conference is well-positioned for continued success. I appreciate the support of the Pac-12 member institutions and a very talented staff, with whom it has been my privilege to work.”

Scott, 56, was recruited as magistrate of what was then the Pac-10 in July 2009, after already filling in as the director and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association. During his residency, the meeting extended to incorporate Utah and Colorado, however his time will to a great extent be characterized by the dispatch of the Pac-12 Network in 2012.

Under Scott’s authority, the meeting stayed a force to be reckoned with in a few games, however its accomplishment in football and men’s b-ball was restricted. No Pac-12 group won a public title in one or the other game and only one – Oregon, in 2017 – arrived at the men’s Final Four.

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