Your questions, my answers...
Happy anniversary! That's the important stuff.
Kliavkoff is NOT being petty in any way. Jumping to the BIG 12 makes no sense for any legit PAC 12 program. FACT: Big 10 & SEC has an aggressive strategy to weaken if not destroy 60% of college football. If ANY program in the PAC had serious interest in the mediocre, incredibly scattered Big12 they would be gone already. Remember, SIX or more PAC teams draw larger TV audiences thatn any Big 12 program. As a fan / TV viewer even without the Ariz schools the remaining PAC 8 would be MUCH more desirable by every criteria that matters..
The PAC has the opportunity to lead the way for CFB to return to sanity.
Fun story about Anna, who looks like she handled the wave with fun and laughter!
If I'm OR/UW, I'm not signing up for anything longer than 4-5 years on GoR, and I'm probably a bit pushy about terms that aren't too onerous if they need to break out in 24/25 due to the BIG coming calling.
How about another story on Mike Leach? Especially his rabid, extremist-right-wing willful ignorance. Remember when he posted a doctored video of Obama, then when called out on it, he doubled down on his racist idiocy. Before you say 'stop bringing politics into sports,' never forget it was ignorant, hateful Mike Leach who did that. Sad!
I think UNLV would be an awful choice (not to mention the questioner’s ask about New Mexico). While Las Vegas is growing, it is growing from people moving there from other parts of the country. They are longtime connections to UNLV. They don’t attend games in person nor watch them on TV.
CBS Sports reported one AD as saying the best and only answer is staying the PAC-10. Curious if you have heard anything on that, John? IMO, the conference will be over before the tv contract ends if that is the chosen path. Oregon, UW and others will not stay.
You definitely married up John!!!!
UCLA backs out (or is (forced to), Big 10 pivots and takes SC AND Stanford, Oregon and Washington.. Big 12 swoops in and takes the 4 corner schools. Pac Nothing is now a burning pile of rubble, California Regents announces UCLA and Cal will form their own 2 school conference named Big Newsom and play every week for the Governor's Cup.
If UCLA backed out of going to the Big Ten (close to 0% of this happening), USC then makes a phone call to Stanford and they definitely would head to the Big Ten with USC. Yes Stanford would owe the Pac-12 an exit fee penalty for leaving after the July 1, 2022 deadline imposed by the current media deal. However the school is sitting on a $38 billion endowment and unlike the public UCLA and Cal, private Stanford has recently used funds from it to save several of its non revenue sports - so paying several million dollars to leave the Pac-12 is a super easy check for them to write.
Vegas will run out of water at this rate lol
The way the college football climate is changing almost by the month
I would seek an annual media contract that extends automatically if nothing
changes. I would imagine that the upper half of the conference all want a short
term contract with multiple options for getting out and the bottom half all want
long term security. Good luck putting that together.
Happy Anniversary, John and Anna. You two make a great partnership and I thorough enjoy your banter on the radio. You remind me of myself and my wife--we're constantly heckling each other. We don't take ourselves seriously, AT ALL!!
Thank you for keeping us listeners informed on all the relevant topics going on right now--not just the Pac 12 drama. I hope your dad is feeling much better!
UNLV has always been bad (other than Randall Cunningham and Ickey Woods). The were lousy in the Big West! I heard were the entire state of New Mexico only has just a few to no Power 5 recruits. SMU has also been mediocre and has a history of major cheating (Sonny Dykes left ASAP). SDSU is the best option, can play their game against Oregon or Washington at the Rams Stadium. Iowa State would work for the academics and has had a decent football team in the last 20 years. Does not bring much media value. Nevada Reno? Boise is too small and WSU does not want them (I imagine).
With those moves, Anna could have competed at the Worlds in the sprints! Happy Anniversary to you both!
Thank You😎 & Anna!
Love your column but it’s wishful thinking that UCLA FLIP FLOPS. Trust me, They’re not going back