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 …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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