Pac-10 expansion? It's already happening -- at least on the administrative side.
The conference announced the hiring of Woodie H. Dixon Jr. Tuesday as general counsel and vice president of business affairs. Dixon, who will start April 15, is currently general counsel for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dixon is the conference's fifth new hire in the past six weeks, joining deputy commissioner/chief operating officer Kevin Weiberg, the former Big 12 commissioner, chief financial officer Ron McQuate, chief marketing officer Danette Leighton and senior associate commissioner/SWA Gloria Nevarez.
"Woodie's extensive legal and business affairs experience with the NFL and as a general counsel make him an ideal choice for our new leadership team," Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. "His passion for collegiate athletics and his relevant experience will be instrumental in driving the transformation of the Pac-10. We are thrilled to welcome him to the college ranks."
Dixon will be responsible for all of the conference's legal and business affairs. He also will share leadership responsibilities for football operations. He will be based at conference headquarters in Walnut Creek, Calif., and will report directly to Scott.
Over the past six years, Dixon has overseen the Chiefs' legal matters, including player, marketing, sponsorship, stadium operations, special event and sales contracts, litigation and licensing. Previously he practiced law with the NFL, Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood LLP in Chicago, and Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, Minn.
He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Massachusetts' graduate program in sports management and Amherst College.
"I've always been a huge fan of college sports," Dixon said in the statement. "It is an honor and a privilege to join an outstanding new leadership team at the premier conference in the country. Commissioner Scott has assembled a world-class team that is poised to take the Pac-10 to the next level of performance."