Pac-12 credit leaders, they’re putting up a solid lead | Opinion

You have to hand it over to the Pac-12.

Since USC and UCLA dropped the June 30 bombshell that they were leaving the marriage for more money and bling, the remaining 10 teams have shown strong solidarity in holding on to each other, no matter what.

There may be a lot going on behind the scenes with outside contacts testing the waters to see if the people left want to jump ship. But you can’t find such a notch by any formally speaking voice. This does not appear to be the case.

This is impressive.

If it continues, it is really unusual.

And that’s good news for the remaining teams – if they can stay together.

What I’d really like to know is if Oregon, and possibly Washington, would ask for an extra piece of the pie if this league stays together. And if so, what does that do to stability?

For league chiefs and sporting directors to stay on the same page, put them on the same face, and then support each other in times like these, is historic.

At least one Pac 12 critic, Jason Shear, who covers Arizona, has cautioned against trusting such a united front. He said the conversation between league members is often fake — just look at the USC and UCLA.

With the 30-day negotiation window closed last week, there was no significant news about the conference expansion. You can expect that to be the case until the Big Ten finishes its review of its value with media partners, which Commissioner Kevin Warren has indicated could be in its first college football season, in September.

What we found out is that the Big Ten is working on what could be $1.2 billion annually for the 16-team league. That’s a massive amount of money for awarding rights at a conference and it will set a new standard.

CBSsports.com columnist Dennis Dodds appeared on 365 Sports this week and revealed that none of the remaining Pac-12 teams would add the needed value ($80 to $100 million) to be considered in the Big Ten. He said the biggest domino everyone has been waiting for is whether Notre Dame will remain independent or accept a permanent invitation to join the Big Ten.

“Once we know how it goes, that will determine what the other leagues do,” Dodds said.

Because of that, the Pac-12 schools are reluctant to sign off on granting media rights for any length of time as league options are discussed after June 30, Dodds said.

Meanwhile, a real dog fight broke out between the media and fans associated with the Big 12 and Pac-12.

It has become bad.

On the left coast, we’ve had several columns, tweets, and stories from veteran Pac12 reporters John Wellner (Mercury News), Oregon Radio host and blogger John Konzano and Stuart Mandel of The Athletic taking a pro-Pac-12 administrative vote. They defended criticism, explained and dismissed criticism and published what could be considered a line for the company.

They used their sources to expose some of the Big 12 supporters Pac-12 round-trip shots on everything from stadium attendance to media ratings.

Just days after the new Big 12 commissioner, Brett Yormark, took over the duties of Bob Bowlsby, the official Big 12 Twitter account responded to a tweet for the league attendance by Wilner with his own numbers.

Then you have Cher, publisher and senior editor at the Wildcat Authority, the website 247sports, who found himself in a firestorm when he reported “meetings” had taken place regarding Pac-12 teams joining the Big 12.

Wellner and Konzano immediately refuted this assertion. Then they announced that they would be doing a podcast together – Everyone is welcome.

Cher was criticized by Konzano who disputed his reports. In turn, Cher attacked Konazno for his report that none of the Pac-12 athletic directors had received the latest rating numbers from ESPN.

This is a popcorn bowl stuff.

Regardless of all the bubble gum backroom sports hall sideshows, we’re all waiting for official, concrete news from college presidents regarding the future of non-SEC tournaments.

But this summer has been fun, right?

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner George Kliavkov, left, with Senior Associate Commissioner Merton Hanks, center, and Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir, receive questions from the media during the opening day of Pac-12 NCAA College Football Friday, July 29, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Damien Devarganis, Associated Press

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