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Kliavkoff one of the most disastrous hires in modern business history

Yes. Others to blame

But Kliavkoff had plenty of time to get a deal done. He slow played himself into

A corner then had no rabbit to pull

So very very sad

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Aug 4, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Listened to you on KJR-FM earlier. My sentiments range from outrage to disappointment...

Time to get my mind right for the upcoming season and pray for the future

A lot more I could say, but what’s the point

Horribly bummed

GO DAWGS

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As a Duck fan, sad to see Oregon leave Oregon State behind. Disappointing how college football is becoming NFL lite and devaluing regional rivalries all to chase the almighty dollar.

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I was really hoping that they would work it out. This hurts. It feels personal. I hope someday all of this gets corrected. This much greed and chasing of revenue will prove to have been the downfall of college sports, and perhaps some professional ones ( I'm looking at you, golf...).

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Aug 4, 2023·edited Aug 4, 2023

USC, UCLA, Fox and Larry Scott started this mess but UW and UO put the final nail in the coffin. They have coveted Big X entry since the day the LA schools announced. They showed no real interest or leadership keeping the conference together the last 13 months. They just didn’t want blood on their hands. The way they’ve screwed OSU and WSU leaves me embarrassed to be a Duck alum today. It’s a sad day for sure.

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If I can be serious for a minute:

Yesterday I posted the following: "I can't believe I'm about to say this, but Go Ducks! C'mon Uncle Phil. Save our conference!"

When I said "Go Ducks" I did not mean "Go to the Big Ten, Ducks." I recant my previous statement. FTD.

In all seriousness, what a sad ending to 100 years of tradition. It's easy to blame certain schools or TV network executives or throw commissioners and chancellors under the bus, but this realignment might be inevitable. It's like water rolling down a hill. Money and television contracts now rule the day in college football, and while certain actors and schools can try to build a dam to keep rivalries and tradition together, water is eventually going to roll down hill and dams will be breached.

Go Beavers!

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Seen almost no coverage about concerns for the fans from the powers to be? Is that even considered or are we just an afterthought?

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Aug 4, 2023·edited Aug 4, 2023

Sad but the debacle created by Presidents and Commissioners (Larry & George) sewed this fate. Of course, with a gun to their head Oregon chose long-term guaranteed financial stability. For Oregon it makes total sense because now Phil Knight can return to being a mega donor and life after Phil is secure. He can fill the gaps for extra money on travel expenses, ensure facilities are top notch, and make sure the Coaching staff is elite. He will also certainly bridge any revenue gaps until the Ducks are getting a full share.

Oregon and Washington are not to blame. The presidents were not equipped to manage this process. USC and UCLA conspired and that was the first table leg to fall.

After the underwhelming television deal was presented this week it was every school for themselves.

RIP Pac 8/10/12

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Broken hearted and relegated, this is a bad day for Beaver Nation. I hated the Ducks before. Now I loathe them.

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You may be onto something with the antitrust and Fox.

If Cal, Stanford, WSU, OSU and perhaps Utah are standing, who takes the lead to poach 5 others? Don’t have faith GK can pull it off.

The day the music died...

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Aug 4, 2023·edited Aug 4, 2023

As a WSU alum and fan, my heart is broken and I'm literally sitting here at work, in front of my computer, feeling disillusioned and trying to make sense of anything. I don't blame UW nor Oregon because they gotta do with what they gotta do for self-preservation. Honestly, if Wazzu or the Beavs were in their position, we all know we'd make the same decisions.

At this point, I'm totally okay with no longer having the Apple Cup. If it continues, it won't ever be the same nor will it have any type of meaning or implication. It will simply disguise itself as a September UW "pay to play" out-of-conference body-bag matchup. It's the sobering reality.

In the end, Fox Sports got what it wants. It got the west coast television markets that it wanted without having to deal with a conference filled with other schools that it didn't want. Is it fair that Rutgers, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Mizzou gets to be in elite conferences while us Cougs and the Beavs get relegated?

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Such a bummer.... all the way around.

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Linda from a family of 6 Beaver grads: regroup with Utah, OSU, Cal, Stanford. SMU & San Diego State. I can't wait till the losses mount for the quarkers, et al

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Ok so here we are, “stranded on a melting ice berg”

How and who would get a new conference started?

OSU, WSU, STANFORD, CAL, SDS, SMU, FRESNO STATE, TULANE, MEMPHIS, BOSIE STATE, UNLV, and others to get to at least 12, or even 14.

Could they use the name, PAC-12, or PAC-14?

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Welcome to the party, Ducks! I’m glad we’ll have some games in driving distance. I do feel empathy for Oregon State though…. that school punches above its weight class…

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Before we all get too crazy about this, let's look at the big picture. For Oregon, and U-Dub as well, let's list all the academic benefits of this move: #1. (Oh, that's right, there are none). The conferences are all about sports marketing, and have virtually nothing to do with academics.

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