Pac-12 weekend notes

A few interesting things happened late last week and over the weekend that merit an update.

Shell game

Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell, who said in April he was transferring to UCLA, apparently is now trying to rejoin the Panthers. He never enrolled at UCLA, so this probably comes down to the Panthers wanting him back. Shell's a talented guy, so they probably will. This makes running back an even bigger need position for the Bruins' 2014 recruiting class.

Oregon Syke'd

Oregon, which continues to await the NCAA's ruling on the Willie Lyles case, announced the hiring of Jody Sykes as senior associate athletic director/chief compliance officer. Hired away from Louisville, Sykes will be in charge of making sure the Ducks walk the straight & narrow when it comes to NCAA rules.

Sykes, according to a news release, "helped supervise all aspects of the office of compliance at the University of Louisville for the past seven years." The appointment is effective July 29.

Colorado searching

Colorado chancellor Philip P. DiStefano announced the formation of a search committee to find a new athletic director to replace the controversially fired Mike Bohn.

Members of the search committee include:

  • Ceal Barry, CU-Boulder interim director of intercollegiate athletics and chair of the search.

  • Kelly Fox, CU-Boulder senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer.

  • Doug Looney, alumni representative, former Sports Illustrated writer.

  • Joe Jupille, CU-Boulder faculty representative, BFA Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.

  • David Clough, CU-Boulder Pac-12 faculty representative.

  • Kurt Gulbrand, CU Foundation.

  • Brittany Lewis, CU-Boulder student-athlete (track)

Barry is currently serving as interim director of intercollegiate athletics and will hold the post until a successor is chosen.

DiStefano said it remains to be seen whether Colorado will hire a search firm, saying "I want the group to convene as soon as possible and get to know each other before we make that decision. I am open to using a search firm if the consensus is that we need one."

I'll help: There is no bigger waste of money in college sports than hiring a search firm. So don't.

DiStefano said the goal is to have a new AD in place "as soon as possible -- certainly by the start of football season this fall."