While football is the engine driving Pac-10 expansion, the other sports want to make certain they're not being left behind.
"We need to make sure that our other programs aren't complete afterthoughts in this," Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said. "We are the Conference of Champions, and we've got sports that as a conference we're just monsters in. We need to make sure that they are not unnecessarily depositioned or damaged in this."
Barbour said that what works for football doesn't necessarily have to be applied to other sports, but she stressed there is much detail work to be done for each situation.
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott and the league's athletic directors will meet Friday in Los Angeles to begin trying to hammer out details of the new 12-team conference that starts play as early as the fall of 2011.
Some concerns are universal, at least among the California schools.
"It would be a disaster if we were in the North with the Oregon and Washington schools," said Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, adding that she was speaking for only her own program. "We have a natural rivalry with USC and UCLA."
Recruiting concerns also are the same as football.
"You don't want to lose the L.A. recruiting market," Cal women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle said.
How critical is that connection? Nine out of the ten conference men's basketball programs feature a scholarship player from Southern California. There were 33 scholarship men's basketball players from Southern California on Pac-10 rosters last season, more than the combined total from the states of Arizona, Oregon and Washington.
"It's an issue but not a drop-dead issue as long as we're in Los Angeles or the Bay Area frequently," said Washington athletic director Scott Woodward, whose programs do extensive in-state recruiting.
For men's and women's basketball, deciding whether to split into divisions will be much simpler than scheduling. "Basketball will be complicated," Woodward said, "but workable."
Stanford's VanDerveer wouldn't mind maintaining the status quo, where each team plays everyone else home and away.
"I'm probably in the minority, and I doubt this is even an option, but what about a full round-robin where you play 22 (conference) games." she suggested. "But that might get one vote."
No 12-team conference in the country uses a double-round robin schedule.
Among the BCS leagues, only the Southeastern Conference splits its 12 basketball teams into two divisions. The SEC and two other 12-team leagues — the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference — use various formats to create 16-game conference schedules.
Boyle, who once was an assistant coach at Duke, recalled when the ACC expanded to 12 schools. "They protected some of those rivalries, like the Duke-Carolina game," she said. "I would assume they will do it here."
Stanford men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins, also with Duke roots, is open to change. "We know Cal is our rival. We want to play them twice," he said. "After that, I want what's best for the conference."
Baseball and softball may require fewer adjustments. Asked what concerns she has for her sport, Cal softball coach Diane Ninemire said, "None at all." It's a sentiment that was echoed by Bears baseball coach David Esquer.
Both sports use schedules where teams play one three-game weekend set against every other team. Given that Colorado does not field a team in either sport, the change could be as easy as adding one weekend series for Utah.
Some sports — track and field, swimming, cross country, for instance — don't schedule many (if any) head-to-head matchups but participate in invitational meets before the championship portion of the season. Expansion will prompt little change on those fronts.