- As the University of the Pacific prepares to join the West Coast Conference, Pacific University sports information director Blake Timm is requesting that media outlets not confuse his Forest Grove, Ore., NCAA Division III school with the Stockton, Calif., Division I team.
- The move is almost certain to generate confusion, as it will put the University of the Pacific in contention with Pacific University-area teams like Portland and Gonzaga.
- Previous incidents of the two universities being confused for one another include former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith congratulating Pacific University for the University of the Pacific's advancement into the 2004 NCAA men's basketball tournament and a Pacific U. logo gracing a NCAA Fan Fest banner meant for U. of the Pacific at this year's Final Four.
From the article:
... "I get one call or request a month on average where someone calls the wrong school," Timm said. "Most of the time it comes from reporters who don't realize that 503 is an Oregon area code." ...