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Wiles Hallock, former Pac-10 commissioner, dies at 91; Paul Hemphill, writer who focused on the Deep South, dies at 73; Amin al-Hafez, two-month prime minister of Lebanon, dies at 83

July 14, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Wiles Hallock, 91, the former Pacific-10 Conference commissioner who oversaw the league's expansion from eight to 10 schools, died Monday at his home in Walnut Creek, Calif.

The Pac-10 announced Hallock's death in a news release. No cause of death was given.

Hallock was commissioner of the conference from 1971 to 1983. Before joining the then-Pac-8 Conference, Hallock was commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference. He also held various positions with the NCAA.

Hallock oversaw the expansion of the Pac-8 to the Pac-10 in 1978 when the University of Arizona and Arizona State University moved over from the WAC.

Claude Wiles Hallock Jr. was born Feb. 17, 1918, in Denver and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Denver in 1939. He ran track in college and served as track coach at the University of Wyoming for five years.

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