SALT LAKE CITY — In a press release sent Wednesday, the Pac-12 Conference announced Commissioner Larry Scott would step down from his position at the end of June.
The Conference and Scott decided to not renew his contract after his 11-year tenure. Scott's existing contract expires in June 2022, but he has agreed to remain in his role until June of 2021 to help transitioning a new commissioner.
The year buffer was planned in part to allow the new hire to be in place to "negotiate and maximize the Conference's next important long-term media rights agreement," according to the release.
The Pac-12 executive committee said they will immediately start a national search for Scott’s replacement as commissioner.
Scott says it is time for him to pursue other exciting opportunities outside of the Pac-12.
“I was in pro sports for 20 years, I’ve now been in college athletics for more than 10 years, and now is a great time in my life to pursue other exciting opportunities. This moment, when college athletics are moving in a new direction and with the Conference soon commencing the next round of media negotiations, it seems the right time to make a change," Scott said.
The Pac-12 and member institutions say one thing they are looking to prioritize in the search for Scott's successor will be expanding positive graduation rates for the Conference's student-athletes.