Boy, this is embarrassing.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott doubled down on Saturday night.
Late last week, when asked if the conference instant-replay policy existed anywhere in writing, Scott said, “I don’t know if there’s a manual or not, but there’s a well-established procedure.”
On Saturday, Scott said to media in Pullman for the Oregon-Washington State game: “I had a chance to look into it … there’s an NCAA rule in writing, but there is no manual. I’m not aware of any manual that exists in our conference or nationally.”
Turns out, Scott is wrong. The Oregonian/OregonLive obtained a printed copy of the 2018 version of that instant-replay manual, titled: “The Pac-12 Conference Instant Replay Manual.”
First Rule of Holes, Larry baby.
Another reason to keep your mouth shut is because the manual itself is nothing to write home about.
A close examination of the 11-page publication could help explain why the conference finds itself embroiled in this instant-replay public-relations nightmare in the first place. The conference replay manual doesn’t include vital components of the instant-replay procedure, is ambiguous and leaves a wide berth for interpretation and instruction that comes from the Pac-12’s centralized command center.
Eh, minor details.
On Saturday, Scott said he doesn’t believe the conference has a credibility issue.
This guy is the highest paid conference commissioner in the country. Pac-12, I could do the job without showing my ass (or yours, for that matter) for half the price. I suspect you could open the phone book and choose a name at random who could do the same.