Despite leadership change, Pac-10 appears likely to remain pro-BCS

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The coming change of commissioners in the Pac-10 provided a glimmer of hope for advocates of a college football playoff.

The retirement of Tom Hansen and the hiring of Larry Scott, the leader of the Women's Tennis Association, made some wonder whether the Pac-10 might soften its anti-playoff stance.

The questions multiplied when Scott, who takes over in July, said he wanted "to keep an open mind" about expanding the Bowl Championship Series.

The leadership transition created a bit of buzz at the Pac-10's annual spring meetings at a Phoenix resort this week, as Hansen wound down his tenure and Scott unofficially made the rounds of meetings and cocktail parties.

Scott has made a favorable impression on athletic directors, who used the informal setting to become acquainted with their new leader.

But some Pac-10 AD's don't expect Scott to come in and advocate revolution.

The Big Ten, Big East and Big 12 also rejected an effort last year to turn the much-criticized system for deciding a national champ into a four-team playoff, starting in the 2010 season.

The BCS later signed a four-year deal with ESPN, which would seem to forestall any drastic changes through 2014.