Pat Haden and I don't agree on much.
But we agree on one thing.
Haden told a news service that he doesn't like the new Pac 10 football alignment, which the conference athletic directors voted 7-5 to support. The school presidents/chancellors must still approve the alignment. The AD supported proposal as UCLA and USC in a division with the Arizona schools and the Rocky Mountain Schools. The Bay Area schools, the Oregon schools and the Washington schools would form the other division.
But under this format, the odds are the four California schools won't all play each other every year. Said Haden:
"I told [the rest of the athletic directors] my alumni will kill me if we don’t play the Northern California schools," Haden said.
"I proposed a 5-2-2 model that has us playing the five schools [in our division] every year and then have the Northern California schools as part of our regular two and then rotate the other two. We need to play Stanford and Cal."
On that point he and I agree. The annual trip to the Bay Area is a UCLA ritual that -- despite the scores of our games against Cal and Stanford this year -- must remain intact for the future. It's the one trip the band goes on, the trip the students drive up for and the chance for UCLA's extensive Northern California alumni network to see the team close to home.