Sometimes, you get the conference commissioner you deserve.

Big Ten presidents:  Watch us make a disaster out of a decision to play football!

Pac-12 presidents:  Hold our beers.

The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors’ unanimous decision last month to postpone all conference sports competition until at least Jan. 1 came after they saw a presentation that included erroneous statistics that overstated the prevalence of COVID-19 in several of the conference’s communities during the first week of August.

The most glaring incorrect metric listed the seven-day average positivity rate for tests in Los Angeles County as 19% — more than three times the 5.49% average listed by the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

It’s times like this that make you realize why they pay Larry Scott the big bucks.

[Ed. note:  It should go without saying that this post isn’t an invite to debate COVID stats, so don’t go there.]


Filed under Pac-12 Football, The Body Is A Temple

22 responses to “Sometimes, you get the conference commissioner you deserve.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Can I at least make the point that: mockworthy as the conference officials are, the public health officials are just as bad or worse?

    I read the link, which delves nicely into where the school presidents got their data, but it doesn’t really excuse the public health officials. As cynics like me are fond of pointing out, government people haven’t covered themselves with glory in this pandemic.

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  2. boz864

    All this reminds me of the scene in Old School when Will Ferrell goes streaking and his wife and friends catch him.. it’s like the Pac12 and B10 thought everyone was going to fall in line with them… and it just didn’t happen.


  3. 81Dog

    Damon Huard was on SXM84 a couple of days ago touting this whole labored process as a tremendous PR victory for the Big10. Can’t wait to hear how big a coup he feels this is for the Pac12.

    FTMFs if they want a spot in the CFP with a 6-8 game schedule.

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  4. Down Island Way

    What you can’t agree with is the fact without the need for those football broadcast check$, those erroneous facts/stats/findings would still be used today for some political hack to impose their will on the public at large…..

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    LOL at your last comment, that attitude nationally has caused the debacle . Bad stars etc , junk info in, junk info out.

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  6. practicaldawg

    The data for decision-making have been awful since the beginning, and things aren’t much better now. For example, many local school districts are using county-level spread metrics as the basis for keeping schools closed. The problem is that many positive cases are happening at colleges and being reported back to the resident county. In other words, the county-level data reflect cases for many people who aren’t even in the county. Similar issues can be found nationwide.

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  7. gurkhadawg

    I like the old saying about being careful about how you use statistics. “ A man drowned in a river with an average depth of 6 inches”.


  8. 123fakest

    64% of all statistics are made up.


  9. Russ

    SEC Shorts has this covered, hilariously.

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