Silence is good... but so is the anger of stakeholders.
Keep it coming, JC. I can't get enough on this topic. I am eager, impatient to know what the future holds, and more than a little pissed off. Purgatory sucks.
If Newsom found a way to get UCLA to come back to the Pac, that would be a huge victory. It'd also be a great counter punch at the Big 10. Plus, USC would have to deal with being 1,500+ miles away from any other member of their conference. Then, let's add in SDSU to get back to 12.
John thank you for your hard work. I look forward to your column every day. I learn more from you than any other sportswriter.
My hope is that no school in either the PAC 10 or the B12 is left out and that we can avoid any collateral damage from the bomb that USC and UCLA dropped on everyone.
I guess I’m old fashioned but I always thought that honesty was a virtue. I would love to see someone call out Carol Folt (USC) or Gene Block (UCLA) during the conference’s media days for being “bald faced” liars.
Lori Loughlin went to jail for lying (ironically) to USC about her children. Folt and Block apparently lied about their intentions to 10 university presidents and George Kliavkoff. But for some reason they are applauded in the media for being shrewd forward thinkers. I don’t know how to explain the difference to my grandkids.
Dont be sorry for two posts in a day - this is great stuff! Keep it coming. Thanks.
Thanks John, love the updates
Always time for updates, John. Plus, no hearings today. :)
Well, I don't know if it's feasible, but I hope Newsom will somehow veto UCLA's move to the PAC-10. The Chancellor at UCLA forgets that it's the Board of Regents that has authority over the academic experience for all the students of the University of California, and this will affect not only the UCLA student athletes having to travel back and forth across the country while they attempt to get an education, but also Cal's football program. Newsom is the chair and the governor appoints all the regents. If he lets this go then he's going to have a lot of Cal and Stanford alumni up in arms when he might very well start a 2024 presidential bid. Things are starting to get interesting. And to all the USC, Big-10 and SEC fans who attacked me on Reddit when I said this would happen, you all should go back to your universities and get your tuition back. LOL.
Super interesting. I heard rumors about Cal thinking of suing because of damages that might occur because of this. I don't know if that is real or not. If the regents do not want UCLA to go, can UCLA sue their own governing board?
Makes you wonder...Does Newsome have the clout as the Regents Chair to put this exodus on hold?
Thanks for the update, John. Read this article in The Athletic today, to me, it is far and away the best solution/scenario that I've seen proposed. I absolutely love it for a number of reasons. A coast to coast conference, where travel is not onerous, but West Coast games suddenly matter nationally? Sign me up! If the Big 12 and the PAC merge however, who stays on as commissioner? That very question alone seems like it could submarine the whole idea, why would either want to give up their shiny new gig??? https://theathletic.com/3426046/2022/07/15/pac12-big12-schedule-football/
Don’t apologize. Keep the news and takes coming
Who cares what the politicians think. They don't do anything for their constituents, but now they want a piece of the conversation.
They need to stay in their lane and help the people ( instead of blowing hot air about everything)
Can you say "get inflation under control"?
Lawyer up, UCLA. And good riddance to USC.
If UCLA was under credible threat from Governor or Board of Regents, would the Big Ten consider inviting both Stanford and Cal due to size of the Bay Area market?
OOOPS. Who is in charge the Governor or tv networks. You can say the same in Oregon..Gov Brown or Mr Nike? By the way take a look at the university roster of the Missouri Valley Conference. Even though it is FBS in football, it has some strong teams.
Great reporting on a significant story