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There is always unseen big trouble when people and their development pushes that out the door for big money. Can’t understand why no one ever stood up against one man’s decision ( poorly in retrospect) over the good of students and all the schools represented. Surely, there must be those who have the ability to see through the ulterior motive of one. Where is common sense anymore?

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Larry Scott, the gift that keeps on giving (to sports writers). Only one word describes this clown: Putz

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Sorry to be a one trick pony, but: College sports (revenue kind), Money, Private agendas: "Its Chinatown, Jake". Charlie PS more excellent reporting, John - play on.

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by John Canzano

The level of greed in college and professional sports today is breathtaking. The latest - and worst - example is the so-called "merger" of the PGA, LIV Golf and PIF (Saudi International Pension Fund - a bottomless pit of money). Jay Monahan's sanctimony, hypocrisy and double-dealing - particularly the way he treated and discarded the families of September 11th victims - makes anything Larry Scott has done look like Amatuer Hour. Not excusing Scott, but he ostensibly had adult supervision in the university presidents/chancellors in the Pac-12. Unfortunately, the large majority of academicians wouldn't recognize business excellence or a meritocracy if it hit them in the forehead. Their background is academia - being collegial to all, seniority and tenure prevail and complete ignorance of how business results should be measured. Fortunately for the Pac-12, George K looks like a different animal. We won't know for sure until the media rights deal is finalized and announced, but at least this guy has a business background, not just a professional tennis player who was once ranked no. 210 in the world.

My, gosh, who vetted Scott and thought he would be a good idea? Once again, in academia, no accountability.

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Having lived in Asia for many years and worked in China installing factories and probably having a better grasp of the situation than Scott - he was an egoistic clod taking the Pac-12 for all he could. Why was he allowed such free rein?

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Help! I've been Shainghaied! Please get me out of here, Sun Devil.

The clowns who allowed the thievery by Scott if the Pac-12 was a public company would be out on the street and sued for breach of fiduciary duty.

And why in the heck has the conference not cross-claimed against Scott in the Comcast employees' wrongful termination suit? Conference members are simply going to bend over and suffer the cover-up losses.

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I like the fact that the PAC-10-12 is not now involved in international travel and game schemes. These decisions should be up to the schools involved as in the case of UO travel to Canada.

And the question of what was Larry Scott thinking?

Himself. Always.

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The Tostitos Narcos Bowl presented by Insys. Halftime show presented Saudi ARAMCO.

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Those Big-12 teams playing in Mexico City are in for a rude awakening. The elevation is 7,300 ft. Went there last summer and you feel it just walking in the airport.

And we complain about going to Boulder and Salt Lake for games!

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Hey, the Big 12 "Cartel Bowl," presented by Pablo Escobar. Sounds great. Good luck finding a conference with a lick of sense to partner with you on that one.

And Houston, losing its marquee home game of the conference season to Mexico City (you don't think they'd make Kansas lose a home game, do you?).

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They haven't learned that. They will try again, with similar results. The PAC12, and college sports, generally, have to figure out the NIL mess before going on junkets.

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The more we learn the more I question the failure for oversight...

Where were the College Presidents?

The current news on Big10 and Big12 pilfering the PAC is alarming... Developing a media package and new members runs at a snails pace.

How to wreck a conference with one corrupt leader... keep digging JC...

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Most likely Scott was also thinking about ways to get Alibaba interested in Pac12 broadcasts as a sponsor/partner. I would guess the players, coaches and other team members would have loved a trip to China at top cost, I would have. It may have been a failed experiment to garner interest in China for Pac12 sports broadcasts. No way to gauge that in a one-and-done try. Not sure Arizona State and Hurley were hurt by this adventure... didn't they finish 2nd that year in the Pac12. Let's face it, since Colorado played AZ in the first game, one of them was going to be 0-1. No harm no foul.

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Every time the name Larry Scott is mentioned I think the Pac-12 takes a negative hit...Just think there must be at least another 1000 stories we haven't even touched on...So Sad!!

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Our DII Women’s BB team from Univ of Alaska Anchorage will make their second August trip to a tournament in Taiwan this summer. Head Coach Ryan McCarthy has built a nationallly ranked top 10 program and would welcome your questions, I’m sure.

rmmcarthy@alaska.edu. Alaska is a hot BB state! Thanks

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I was watching the NCAA track and field championships last night and it turns out the Pac-12 400 meter hurdles champion is Cass Elliot of the Washington Huskies. I immediately conjured what it would look like if Mama Cass entered the 400 meter hurdles. She'd be a third of the way to the first hurdle when the race ended.

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