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Arizona State’s Michael Crow, some of the influential presidents within the Pac-12 — and commissioner Larry Scott’s staunchest supporter inside the CEO group — addressed a slew of hot-button points in an interview with the Arizona Republic that was revealed Monday.

Not surprisingly, Crow echoed most of the speaking factors Scott has hit in current months and was optimistic concerning the Pac-12’s future: “By my standard, we’re on track, we’re doing well, we’re making progress and we’re positioning ourselves for greatness going forward.”

As you learn Crow’s feedback — and everybody within the Hotline group ought to, whether or not you agree with Crow or not — maintain a couple of issues in thoughts:

1) Crow has a private stake within the success of Scott’s management and the convention’s methods, since he was a key member of the group that employed Scott and signed off on Scott’s compensation and the Pac-12 Networks’ enterprise mannequin.

To admit missteps — to acknowledge the potential for something aside from “greatness” — can be to name his personal judgment into query.

2) When addressing the income hole between the Pac-12 and different Energy 5 conferences, Crow famous: “Conference income is a tiny part of everybody’s income. It’s just a piece of everybody’s income.”

That’s straightforward for him to say.

Arizona State’s athletic division is closely sponsored by central campus — to a larger extent than its convention friends — and subsequently isn’t almost as reliant upon Pac-12 distributions as the opposite faculties.

Per the monetary database compiled by USA In the present day, a whopping 22 % of the Solar Devils’ athletic income in 2016-17 got here from scholar charges and college help ($22 million in help and costs on $101 million in income).

For Utah, that determine was 14.5 %.
For Colorado, it was 13 %.
For Arizona, it was 11 %.
For Oregon State, it was 9 %.
For Washington State, it was eight %.
For Cal, it was four.three %.
(Oregon, UCLA and Washington have been miniscule.)

I can’t emphasize this level sufficient: Due to its large enrollment (70,000+), sprawling system of on-line courses and Crow’s underwriting mannequin, the Solar Devils’ financial challenges don’t sq. with the realities confronted by most of their public faculty friends.

three) A couple of of Crow’s feedback require context. For example:

• “What somebody will be writing about three years from now or four years will be, ‘How did the Pac-12 get ahead of us?’”

It’s truly six years till the Pac-12’s new media rights deal kicks in (2024-25), until the convention renegotiates early, and 6 years is an eternity on the entrance strains.

And earlier than the subsequent settlement takes maintain, the Huge Ten, already a full lap forward of the Pac-12 on the income entrance, could have a mammoth new deal of its personal; and the SEC, already a half-lap forward, could have a colossal mega-jackpot of a brand new settlement with CBS. (Extra on that within the Media Panorama part under.)

I’d argue that Crow is definitely doing Scott and the convention a disservice by ratcheting up expectations.

• On the subject of content material management, Crow notes that the Pac-12 has retained 100 % possession of its community whereas different conferences have companions (the Massive Ten with Fox; the SEC and ACC with ESPN):

“Others have sold their networks to commercial entities and thereby have lost control of their networks and lost control of their scheduling and other things, and we have not.”

Properly, sure and no. The Pac-12 Networks set the schedule for the content material on the nationwide and regional networks. However with regards to probably the most priceless content material, the content material that pays the payments for the Olympics sports activities — the premium soccer and males’s basketball video games — the Pac-12 has zero management over the scheduling.

In reality, it bought that management to Fox and ESPN for chilly, exhausting money … with Crow’s approval.

Backside line: It’s good when the presidents and chancellors converse, whether or not their opinions are in style or not. However perspective is essential.— Jon Wilner

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• Washington has performed its approach into the NCAA Event bubble dialogue. As a result of a related groups makes for a related resume, we examined UW’s wins, losses and schedule within the newest basketball energy scores. (The Huskies will need assistance.)

• The Pac-12 sustained restricted injury within the NFL Draft early-entry course of. The highest quarterbacks stayed in class, and the groups with the perfect shot to succeed in the New Yr’s Six subsequent season stored their rosters largely, if not full, intact. Oh, and no one from USC declared. Wait. What?

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Choose males’s basketball video games included (all occasions Pacific).

Jan. 17: Oregon at Arizona (6 p.m., ESPN)
Jan. 19: East-West Shrine Recreation (midday, NFL Community)
Jan. 19: Oregon State at Arizona (four p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
Jan. 26: Senior Bowl (11:30 a.m., NFL Community)
Feb. 6: Nationwide Signing Day


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• UCLA tailback Joshua Kelley, a switch from UC Davis who thrived within the second half of the season, is returning to high school as an alternative of getting into the NFL Draft. In the meantime, the Bruins have misplaced linebackers coach Roy Manning to Oklahoma.

• When he arrived at Oregon within the winter of 2016-17, Willie Taggart was decided to create open scholarships by operating gamers out of this system, in accordance with a former Duck who has sued the varsity.

• If any protection within the Pac-12 can lose 9 starters and stay an elite unit, it’s Washington. The Huskies have completed it earlier than, notes Adam Jude of the Occasions.

• Spectacular resourcefulness from the Spokesman-Evaluate’s Theo Lawson, who got here up with 19 causes to comply with Washington State in 2019.

• Arizona State’s latest employees member, assistant Shaun Aguano, the previous Chandler Excessive Faculty coach, plans to make an impression on in-state recruiting. (Little question, the Solar Devils want to raised shield their turf.)

• A good probability to win the beginning job is all quarterback Tristan Gebbia, who transferred to Oregon State from Nebraska, is asking of his new teaching employees.

• Two video games involving Pac-12 groups made CBS Sports activities’ listing of the 10 most intriguing for 2019, though for totally different causes.

• Simply in: Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts isn’t headed to Washington State. Or Arizona. Or UCLA.


• Will he or gained’t he? Washington State hasn’t confirmed that Mike Leach will co-teach a category on guerrilla warfare and soccer technique this semester, however Leach apparently has a syllabus prepared. And you may make certain that if he does step right into a classroom, it is going to be the preferred spot on campus. (Oh, for the video of his lectures.)


• The SEC’s contract with CBS has lengthy been thought-about undervalued. The highest convention within the sport in a major Saturday window on over-the-air tv needs to be value greater than $55 million per season, proper? Nicely, in accordance with analysis by Arkansas sports activities administration professor Steve Dittmore, the SEC might command $300 million yearly when it reworks the deal. That’s greater than $20 million per faculty per yr, simply from CBS.

• The Huge 12 championship recreation wants a broadcast associate for 2019, 2021 and 2023 after Fox took a tough cross. ESPN, which owns the rights to the even-year video games, is a possible residence, based mostly on the SportsBusiness Day by day report. Fascinating that Fox executives didn’t need to transfer the Huge 12 recreation to Friday night time, the place they’ve positioned the Pac-12 championship.


• Colorado guard McKinley Wright’s shoulder damage isn’t anticipated to be season-ending, which is sweet information for the Buffaloes, who’ve skilled greater than their share of dangerous information up to now.

• So suspended guard Kevin Porter isn’t leaving USC, but.

• Arizona has choices for changing massive man Emmanuel Akot. The previous 5-star recruit, whose manufacturing had been tepid, is transferring.

• Arizona State’s losses in convention play have prompted coach Bobby Hurley to interact in soul-searching moments not as soon as however twice this month. The Devils are a group “that exhilarates and confounds,” writes the Republic’s Kent Somers.


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• UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scored an ideal 10 on her flooring routine over the weekend and produced a viral video within the course of.

• It was an offseason in contrast to some other for the Oregon softball program. “There is no scenario in which everyone goes back to their respective corners from June,” writes the Oregonian’s James Crepea.

• Lesle Gallimore, who has coached UW’s ladies’s soccer program for greater than 1 / 4 century, is stepping down on the finish of the season.

• UCLA’s seashore volleyball group is the unanimous preseason No. 1. 4 different Pac-12 groups are within the DiG Journal prime 20.

• Utah’s Purple Rocks have employed a Hollywood choreographer to assist with their flooring routine.


What’s approaching the Pac-12 Hotline:

• Coming Wednesday afternoon: A brand new podcast analyzing the Pac-12’s long-term media technique. Did Larry Scott get it proper? An business skilled weighs in.

• Beginning Thursday, we’ll roll out the primary wave of content material releated to the 2019 soccer season. (For the junkies, it’s by no means to early.)

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