Pac-12’s George Kliavkoff gets his spotlight, pressure moment over

Pac-12 Conference commissioner George Kliavkoff speaks at Pac-12 NCAA college football media day Friday, July 29, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press

You have to hand it to George Kliavkoff. He came out confidently and boldly swinging just after breakfast Friday at Pac-12 football media day in Los Angeles.

Kliavkoff was in the national spotlight, sitting on the pointed end of a spike Friday morning. 

Because of the defections of USC and UCLA from the league’s breadbasket of Los Angeles, his opening remarks and Q&A afterward were among the most anticipated and covered sports moments this summer.

Obviously under pressure, unfairly put in this position in his first year on the job, Kliavkoff took a few swings at other leagues and media reports that he perceived had been lobbing “grenades” at the Pac-12.

Kliavkoff: “I’ve been spending 4 weeks trying to defend grenades from every corner of the Big 12. I get why they’re scared. I get why they’re trying to destabilize us.”

— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) July 29, 2022

With the Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren throwing out overtones of future poaching during his league’s football media day remarks earlier this week, and soon-to-be Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark declaring the league was “open for business” during his media days in Dallas, everyone eagerly anticipated what the voice of the Pac-12 would deliver.

Sporting an open-collar shirt under a sports jacket, Kliavkoff delivered no breaking news, but he did what he needed to do, setting a confident, aggressive, authoritative …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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