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College Hotline - Pac-12 hot-button topics: An upcoming Hotline series

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  1. RSSBot

    RSSBot News Junkie

    Jul 8, 2005
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    The Pac-12 has been the source of much angst and the recipient of much criticism lately. (Not exactly stop-the-presses news, I know.)

    Some of the criticism seems justified, some seems excessive, and some seems … I’m not sure what to make of some of it, frankly, for one reason: The unknown.

    We don’t know everything. We don’t know all the motivations, processes and options that led to the decisions that gave us the results that invariably prompt someone to post #FireLarryScott on my Twitter timeline.

    What, exactly, is the end-game with the Asia push?

    Did the conference seriously consider selling equity in the Pac-12 Networks?

    Are the presidents and chancellors content to live with a multi-year, many-millions-of-dollars revenue gap with the SEC and Big Ten?

    A few weeks ago, I asked if commissioner Larry Scott would address the topics that have riled fans, frustrated campuses and been targeted by media.

    He agreed, and we sat down for a 45-minute chat last week.

    The contents of the interview will be published on the Hotline in a planned four-part series over the next few weeks.

    I opted for that approach … as opposed to providing Scott’s responses in a single, enormous summary … because it seemed like the easiest format for fans to digest.

    We covered a variety of subjects in a fair amount of detail, and most of it is loaded with nuanced.

    So check back regularly for Scott’s comments and explanations, in addition, of course, to Hotline posts on other topics, from my ongoing post-spring practice projections to Pac-12 basketball and national topics.

    (The early-season football schedule is expected to be released this week, btw.)

    The motivation for the interview with Scott and resulting series isn’t to defend his moves; it’s to explain the moves as thoroughly as possible. On a few issues, I was confused, and the discussion provided some clarity.

    Likewise, the goal of the series isn’t to change your mind on any particular topic. Rather, it’s to inform the public discourse so fans (and campus officials) can reach the most informed conclusions possible.

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    by Jon Wilner
  2. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Club Member Club Member

    Jul 14, 2005
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    He sometimes gets too Bay Area centric for me (which makes sense with him writing for the San Jose paper) but we never had a columnist with a pulse of the conference like Wilner, when we were in the Big 12. I enjoy reading his insights into the Pac12.
  3. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

    Jul 8, 2005
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    Wilner is awesome. Probably the best writer I've seen. It's incredible the difference between PAC 12 writers and Big 12 writers. Night and day. And Wilner tops the group. I sometimes read his stuff that has nothing at all to do with CU just to get his take on things.

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