Yeah, Larry Scott is a dick. That’s callous even by Jim Delany standards.
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And he is… Chris Petersen?
I didn’t take Petersen’s comments as a direct criticism of ESPN whatsoever — he seemed to be speaking generally about the situation and never uttered those four letters.
“We apologize for these late games,” Petersen said. “And I’d also like to reiterate it has nothing to do with us or the administration. We want to play at 1 o’clock.
“It hurts us tremendously in terms of national exposure. No one wants to watch our game on the East Coast that late, and we all know it.”
*** Herbstreit does an excellent job as a fair and reasonable advocate for the sport in all corners of the country. But his response to Petersen — he “should be thanking ESPN” — went far beyond what seemed necessary.
Kneel before Zod, Petersen.
It didn’t stop with Herbstreit, either.
No wonder Washington fans took umbrage with this during last night’s broadcast:
This cropped up during the broadcast of the UW game:
This was an especially nice touch.
No doubt Petersen already senses that this is a game he can’t win…
… but for his sake, he’d better hope that Washington’s case for the CFP is unassailable, because he’s not gonna get any help from Mickey.
Shorter Chris Petersen: Live by the conference network, die by the conference network.
Let’s open up the chafing dishes.
- Brian Kelly got a little pissy with a reporter in the post-game presser. Yeah, she was a bit obnoxious herself, but the man’s got a tight sphincter.
- If you’ve ever wondered how a team could wind up facing a third-and-93, here’s a nice breakdown. (By the way, is there any play to run in that scenario that would work, other than a pass and a hope for a pass interference penalty?)
- Sounds like everyone had a nice time at yesterday’s Ole Miss infractions hearing.
- Is cheating really that rampant?
- The reason you can’t avoid the curse of small sample size.
- Southern Cal wants to erase a little history.
- Statistically speaking, Georgia looks fairly mediocre right now, except for this.
- An Oklahoma defensive lineman has sued the NCAA over his lost eligibility.
- Central Florida has now been forced to cancel two of its regular season games.
I give Larry Scott plenty of crap when he deserves it, so it’s only fair to dish out some praise when he turns up on the side of the angels.
The Pac-12 will shorten halftime and reduce the number of commercial breaks during its non-conference schedule this season as part of a trial program to reduce the length of its football games.
Halftime will be 15 minutes long, cut down from the usual 20-minute break. The number of commercial breaks will be reduced and they will be shorter in length, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Wednesday.
Scott announced the initiative as the Pac-12 kicked off its media days in Hollywood. The experiment is intended to shorten ballooning game times in an era of up-tempo offenses running more plays and the increased scoring that comes with it.
Let us hope this experiment succeeds beyond our wildest dreams. Attaboy, Larry.
The Pac-12 commissioner is being paid nearly $4.2 million a year, more than any of his peers, to oversee a revenue gap between his conference and Jim Delany’s that amounts to a $228 million, single-year conference-wide deficit. Nice work, if you can get it.
In my next life, I want to come back as a P5 conference commissioner.
Willie Taggart’s gotten off to a rocky start at Oregon for, among other things, some trouble with the strength and conditioning program that resulted in the S&C coach being suspended for a month and Taggart losing direct control over the S&C program.
Head coach Willie Taggart, whom Oregon hired to replace Mark Helfrich in December, said he is no longer speaking to The Oregonian reporter who broke the story, claiming that the reporter’s characterization of the workouts as “grueling” and “akin to military basic training” were inaccurate, unfair and directly contradicted what Taggart told the reporter before the story was written.
Keep in mind that the words used by the reporter were suggested to him by several sources and that a faculty athletics representative who investigated said the story was fair and that coaches made mistakes in the first workout. Oh, and let’s not forget that three players were hospitalized due to the workouts.
So when you boil it down, Oregon’s head coach has decided to get pissy with the paper covering his team over semantics. That certainly bodes well for his public relations skills. Better win big and win fast, my man.