Canzano: Oregon State in the fight of its life
Beavers, WSU wait on decision from Stanford and Cal.
Maybe it has very few options, but Oregon State wants to rebuild the Pac-12 Conference one blasted brick at a time.
The Beavers and Washington State would like Stanford and Cal to come in on the plan, too. On Wednesday, OSU Athletic Director Scott Barnes said that clarity on the matter was “days away — not weeks.”
Is Stanford in? Or gone? How about Cal: in or out? Also, can anybody in college athletics be trusted these days?
Barnes spoke candidly in a wide-ranging 1-on-1 interview with me. He vented about seeing 108 years of Pac-12 history blown up. The AD wagged a finger at the stranglehold television has on college football and pushed back against those who argue that anyone in Oregon and Washington’s shoes would have ditched the Pac-12 for the Big Ten themselves.
“No,” said Barnes. “We could have made it work.”
Even after the defection of Colorado to the Big 12?
“Oh, by the way, we got better, not worse when Colorado left,” he said. “We had a chance to add a member that would have made us better.”