Thursday, February 11, 2010
Three-point stance: Pac-10 expansion
By Ivan Maisel
1. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday that the league will look at expansion in the next few months. That’s pretty much the same message that Scott delivered Tuesday when he announced hiring former Big 12 commissioner and Big Ten Network executive Kevin Weiberg to be his wingman. Do football needs drive expansion? TV sets? Academic compatibility? Other sports? One thing’s for sure: Fresno State and San Diego State fit none of the above criteria.
2. Stanford went 8-5, its most successful season in nearly a decade, yet head coach Jim Harbaugh has had to replace four assistants and his operations director. Most left for better jobs or for bigger, better-paying schools. After Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart left for the NFL, the Cardinal would get questions about whether the team is a one-hit wonder. But with half a new staff, the answer will be more interesting.
3. Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said he hired Tee Martin as wide receivers coach because of what he saw at a high school game in Atlanta last fall. “When Tee walked in the stadium,” Phillips said, “it was like every little kid, coach and media outlet knew who Tee Martin was.” Martin survived receiving improper cash as a Tennessee quarterback. He survived a year on Mike Locksley’s staff at New Mexico. When the pocket collapses, he still knows how to escape the rush.