Pac-12's Larry Scott gets extension

Updated: February 6, 2012, 2:47 PM ET
By Kevin Gemmell | ESPN.com

The Pac-12 board of directors unanimously decided to extend the contract of commissioner Larry Scott through 2016, the conference said Monday morning.

Scott, 47, has served two years as the Pac-12 commissioner.

During that span, he oversaw the conference's first expansion since 1978, a rebranding of the league, equal revenue sharing and the creation of the Pac-12 Network.

"My fellow board members and I are delighted to have reached a long-term agreement with the commissioner to continue his excellent work on behalf of the Pac-12," Ed Ray, president of Oregon State and chairman of the Pac-12 board, said in a statement. "We are on the brink of a period of extraordinary accomplishment and excellence throughout the Pac-12 and Larry's continued leadership and vision for the conference are critical elements in realizing that potential."

Scott, the conference's sixth commissioner, also began looking at international options last fall -- which includes an initiative to start exploring athletic, academic and cultural exchanges in China.

Before joining the Pac-12, Scott was the chairman and CEO of the WTA Tour. The contract extension also includes options for future years.

Kevin Gemmell covers Stanford and the Pac-12 for ESPN.com.

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