The Pac-12 conference has announced that Larry Scott, who has been commissioner since taking over in June of 2009, will remain in his post after getting his contract extended by the league's Board of Directors through 2017-2018.
"On behalf of the entire Pac-12 Board of Directors, we are delighted to announce a contract extension with Larry and the new title of Pac-12 Commissioner and Executive Chairman of Pac-12 Enterprises," said Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University and Chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group.
The Pac-12 has expanded during Scott's tenure on the West Coast, including an annual football championship game and launching both a cable and digital network.
During this most recent Pac-12 Media Day, Scott laid out his comprehensive four-point plan identifying Athletic Safety, Student Finance, NCAA Governance Flexibility and an overall Review of the Enforcement Process as major building blocks for future success.
His most recent expansions efforts have the Pac-12 experience traveling overseas with the Pac-12 Globalization Initiative. Scott's work in the Pac-12 is also leading innovative research on concussions and player safety in all of collegiate athletics.
"Larry's leadership and vision is critical as we realize our tremendous potential as a conference built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic achievement," Dr. Floyd says. "Pac-12 Enterprises will continue to provide exposure to our athletic programs, student-athletes in all sports, and world-renowned academic programs, as well as deliver long-term financial value for our institutions to help fulfill our core academic missions."
Given the rising landscape of Pac-12 Football in the national eye, along with the ever-changing media and television deals that may some shortcomings with DIRECTV and some befuddling time slots for prime match ups in the conference, the next few years of Scott’s tenure will be filled with plenty of opportunities to place the proper pieces into place transforming this league head and shoulders above the rest.