Category Archives: Pac-12 Football

Monday morning buffet

Grab yourself a plate and go.

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“The Pac-12 just doesn’t have the numbers.”

Some pretty eye opening data here:

According to the NFSHSA, participation in California dropped by approximately 3,000 athletes year-over-year and is now down 11.7 percent over the latest five-year stretch (2014-18).

Meanwhile, Florida, which feeds numerous Power Five conferences, has experienced a decline of just 0.6 percent over that five-year span.

Georgia, a key feeder state for the SEC (and others), has lost just 3.2 percent.

Meanwhile, Texas, the primary pipeline for the Big 12 and a vital recruiting ground for the SEC, has experienced an increase in participation over the five years.

* In the fall of 2014, there were 163,998 players in Texas (11-player tackle).

* In the fall of 2018, there were 165,641.

Contrast that to California:

* Participants five years ago: 103,740.

* Participants last fall: 91,305.

Or, to put it in an even more dire perspective:  “Last fall, there were 4,000 more high school football players in Texas than in the entire Pac-12 footprint.”

Parents’ fears over head trauma are playing into that, although that’s not the only reason for the decline.  But as a trendline, that disparity means this:

Daniel Jeremiah spends hundreds of hours watching film of NFL prospects and talking to coaches while preparing for his role as lead analyst for the NFL Network’s draft coverage.

He’s also a Southern California resident with a son who plays high school football.

Personally and professionally, Jeremiah’s life is the Pac-12’s talent pipeline at its entry and exit points.

“You see some individual players” as good as those in the SEC and Big Ten, he explained recently when asked to compare the Pac-12’s high-end talent to its Power Five peers.

“You’ll get one here or there, but the difference is the waves of guys, especially on the lines, the defensive line,’’ he said.

Now, this is just me speculating out of my ass, but if you’re steadily losing ground on your home turf, the only way going forward to make up for that is to go elsewhere for talent, and if that’s the path you have to take, how do you make it attractive for recruits outside the region to come west?  Well, that California legislation might not be as bad a thing as Larry Scott might think right now.  Just sayin’, necessity can be a mother sometimes.

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While you were sleeping…

Last night marked one of those rare occasions when I regret living on the East Coast during college football season, because I went to bed and missed the epic shitshow that was the Arizona-Hawaii game.

And I do mean epic.  Hawaii’s first ten possessions were marked by five turnovers and five touchdowns, which admittedly is balanced, but still led to this:

Which is not to say Arizona didn’t have its fair share of screwing up.  Again, say hi to epic.

What he means by that cryptic last sentence is the way the game ended.

Epic, indeed.

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Friday morning buffet

One day ’til college football, and counting.

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Larry Scott is college football’s George Constanza.

You may recall the Pac-12’s commissioner’s lukewarm concern about the conference’s general counsel inserting himself into the review of a penalty call in last year’s USC-Wazzou game.  It’s taken a while, but Woodie Dixon has been unceremoniously removed from a position of having any authority to challenge a review decision.

But, as Jon Wilner relates, it’s not because Larry Scott woke up suddenly motivated to do what appears to most normal football fans as an obvious and correct decision.

At the time of the scandal, accountability was difficult to locate.

Immediately following the incident, Scott conducted an internal review and committed to changes in the relevant protocol; only after several weeks did he announce an unspecified punishment for Dixon.

That wasn’t enough — not close to enough — to restore public trust, and the athletic directors knew it. They pushed the conference for a full audit conducted by an independent agency…

— The removal of Dixon from the top of the Pac-12’s officiating operation: Coleman will now report directly to Scott.

(If not for Anderson and the ADs pushing for the external review, Dixon seemingly would have remained in charge. Give that some thought.)  [Emphasis added.]

All of which brings this to mind.

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“Well, I’ve got news for you: Nobody is going now.”

I get the point Jon Wilner is making here, but it sure sounds counter-intuitive to me to base a new marketing strategy on what television viewers located all the way across the country like, rather than figuring out what’ll attract the locals.

I guess I’m not a visionary genius like Larry Scott.  Or as lazy.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent…

Mike Leach apparently isn’t a morning person.

I wonder if anyone has considered that he might make a better conference commissioner than Larry Scott.

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