Imagine what Pac-12 media days would be like if…

There was absolutely no information distributed at Pac-12 Media Day Friday in Los Angeles.

Nobody expected, but today he begged for it.

With what happened on June 30, the day of the split with USC and UCLA leaving for the Big Ten, that’s exactly what many loyal Pac-12 fans have been craving: some absolute promise.

What we saw was what Billy Weitz of the New York Times described as a media day that “carried out the atmosphere of an awkward family reunion.”

The media case could have used some absolutes, some paper sheets with signatures.

For example, Commissioner George Klyavkov could have helped deliver the following news:

  • Announcement that the remaining 10 teams of Pac 12 have each agreed to grant media rights for 5, 7, or even 10 years.

He couldn’t.

  • Announcing an official premiere cash figure for each school as presented by ESPN during negotiations scheduled to end August 4 during a 30-day evaluation period.

He couldn’t.

  • Speaking of conference solidarity, face-to-face meetings with the league board of directors twice a week since June 30, where 10 presidents/advisors have expressed their commitment to stick to each other, it would have been nice to provide something in writing, something like an affidavit from each team, a document for this The matter is from Oregon, Washington, Cal and Stanford.

He couldn’t.

  • Since Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren popularized the theory that his league might not be through expansion and CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd revealed that the league was basing Oregon, Washington, Cal and Stanford, it would have been nice for Kliavkoff to provide a letter of clarification from his friend Warren that The Big Ten wouldn’t hunt anyone else down.

He couldn’t.

  • With nearly a month to prepare and silence the rumors, it was difficult for Kliavkoff to officially dispel talk that the Big 12 had not communicated with members or that the so-called Four Corner Schools, either directly or through a third-party entity, had not communicated with the Big 12 To consider expansion.

He couldn’t.

  • It would have lived up to Pac-12 fans for Kliavkoff to announce that member schools were not holding closed one-on-one management meetings with athletic directors, general counsel (attorneys) and referee boards to discuss expansion options.

He couldn’t, though Oregon sports writer James Kripia said those meetings were well documented.

  • By producing a piece of paper explaining whether the remaining Pac-12 teams would have an equal distribution of money in the new media deal, it could have enlightened the package when making decisions about expansion.

Kliavkoff did not have such guidance ready.

What the Pac 12 needs is some good news, but what’s missing, and more valuable than all the gold in the world, is confidence.

The Pac-12 needs a great deal of confidence, more than athletics confidence in general these days.

Now, of course, it’s too early to reveal many of the ultimate discoveries, but can you imagine what a Pac-12 media day could have been with just a few of them?

Just a year ago when Oklahoma and Texas announced their exit from the Big 12 for the SEC, Pac 12 had a chance to expand.

A select panel of Pac-12 presidents and athletic directors met to discuss expansion. “She shut it down,” said University of Southern California president Carol Wohlt, who was on the committee, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A year later, Wohlt, secretly behind the appearance of her peers, led the USC investigation into membership in the Big Ten. Subsequently, UCLA joined the move via the Trojan Coats.


The Pac-12 should have learned a lesson last summer from the Big 12 when Oklahoma and Texas withdrew from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The expansion, which included Houston, BYU, Cincinnati, and UCF, was immediate. With Prima donnas OU and Texas leaving, the Big 12 is left with eight hungry remaining teams and four excited newcomers who seem to trust each other.

Over the past month, the Pac-12 has learned first-hand what the USC and UCLA trusts have earned. Now Kliavkoff is left with almost an entire league hoping to trust meetings while texting the Big Ten and Big 12 under the table.

Why be surprised by any of this when our higher education leaders are so eager to chase money, leaving behind moral courage and confidence?

Wasn’t it just last August that Klyavkov, who was new to the job he got from Larry Scott, joined Warren and ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips in a video press conference announcing an alliance that would help with scheduling and other initiatives Like a whole year. Celebrating Chapter Nine?

At that press conference, these commissioners were asked if there was a binding contract for this agreement.

Kliavkoff said it wasn’t necessary because this was a gentlemen’s handshake deal.

Now, with Warren’s Big Ten destroying the Pac-12, negatively what some say is 28 percent of its media value in taking the USC and UCLA, Kliavkoff must be wondering just who in the world is he dealing with in this college sports deal.

Who are his peers? Who are his friends who are his enemies?

You have to feel sorry for Kliavkoff.

It appears to be in an episode of Narcos and Mexican Gangs.

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