Credit Pac-12 leaders, they’re putting on a solid front | Opinion

Pac-12 Conference commissioner George Kliavkoff speaks at the Pac-12 football media day Friday, July 29, 2022, in Los Angeles. The conference found itself in a pickle when USC and UCLA announced they were taking their ball to the Big Ten.

Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press

You gotta hand it to the Pac-12.

Ever since USC and UCLA dropped the June 30 bombshell that they were leaving the marriage for more money and bling, the remaining 10 teams have shown strong solidarity in sticking together, come what may.

There may be a lot more going on behind the scenes with third-party contacts testing the waters to see if the remaining folks want to jump ship. But you can’t find such a fissure through any authoritative voice who speaks on the record. That just doesn’t seem to be the case.

This is admirable.

If it keeps up, it is really quite extraordinary.

And that is good news for the remaining teams — if they can stick together.

Competitively and financially, the new Pac-12, new Big 12 and ACC are much more like each other – with differences on the margins – than any of them is like the SEC and Big Ten.

Which has been my point since June 30. https://t.co/o77c4rZjvB

— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) August 5, 2022

What I’d really like to know is if Oregon, and perhaps Washington, is asking for an extra piece of the pie if this league stays together. And if so, what does that do to the stability?

To have league presidents and athletic directors stay on the same page, put on the same face, and then have one another’s backs in times like this is, well, historic.

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At least one Pac-12 pundit, Jason Scheer, who covers Arizona, is wary of trusting this united front. He said talk between league members is often fake — just look at USC and UCLA.

I think people need to realize it’s every school for itself right. The communication is often fake within the conference. Look at USC and UCLA. These schools all say they were shocked. Each school is going to do what’s best for them, whether it’s stay or go. It’s their job.

— Jason Scheer (@jasonscheer) August 5, 2022

With the 30-day negotiation window closing this past week, there has not been any significant news on conference expansion. You can expect that to be the case until the Big Ten finishes its review of its value with media partners, which commissioner Kevin Warren has indicated could be at the first of the college football season, in September.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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