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Hansen to retire after 26 years as Pac-10 commissioner

Updated: June 9, 2008, 5:58 PM ET
Associated Press

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pac-10's Tom Hansen, the longest-tenured Division-I conference commissioner in the country, will retire next summer after 26 years on the job.

"When I started there in the 1960s, it was the Pac-5, Pac-6, then Pac-8," Hansen said in a phone interview Monday. "Then, in 1978, the Arizonas came in. I've seen it grow so much."

Hansen will step down effective July 1, 2009. So far, Pac-10 teams have won 204 NCAA championships during his time running ...

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