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Monday, June 14, 2010
Larry Scott borrowing Pat Kilkenny's jet

By Diamond Leung

As former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny spent weeks conducting a search for a new basketball coach, reporters were able to track his private jet for clues as to where he might be headed and who he might be speaking with.

That same plane is reportedly now being used by Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott while he goes around conducting the business of conference expansion.

According to The Oregonian:
Pacific-10 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott spent the weekend borrowing Kilkenny’s jet, brokering the deal that will change the landscape of college football.

On Saturday he flew from Concord, Calif., to Oklahoma City, where he met with officials from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Then on Sunday it went from Oklahoma City into Texas, where it landed in College Station (Texas A&M) before continuing on to Lubbock (Texas Tech) and then on to Austin (Texas).

Of course, tracking the locations and destinations of someone's plane is no guarantee of anything. In Kilkenny's case, that was cause for some wild speculation in the media.

Here's what Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight told The Register-Guard:
In that vein, Knight said, "the one that was the best" was a report by another newspaper which, apparently tracking Kilkenny’s private jet, reported that Kilkenny had flown from New York to Houston, where it was speculated he might be interviewing Baylor’s Scott Drew, Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman or recently resigned Houston coach Tom Penders.

Instead, Knight contended, Kilkenny was simply stopping to pick up a friend before continuing to Portland. "He never even got off his plane," Knight said.