When Jamie Zaninovich assumed the role of West Coast Conference Commissioner in 2008 he did so with the laudable goal of making the league the strongest non-BCS conference in the country. On Wednesday, in a move that was apparently months in the making, he worked toward that goal by adding the University of the Pacific to the WCC, effective in the 2013-14 season.
Re-admitting one of the WCC’s charter members brings a 7,000-member school (fourth smallest in league) a 6,150-seat gym (second largest), and a modest basketball tradition to the conference. Pacific will conveniently function as a fourth Bay Area-school, and the tenth total team, resulting in an 18-game league schedule. Several programs have noted that this year’s nine-team conference scheduling experiment, which deviated some from the traditional travel-partner format of two successive home or away games played on Thursdays and Saturdays, put an extra burden on the logistics of travel.