The Pac-12 doesn't have media days, they have TED Talks
— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) July 23, 2014
It’s all positivity and sunshine for Larry Scott. And why not? The West Coast is where optimism breaks through and everyone is happy and life breaks through and money so much money.
Things are moving quickly, so here are the bullet points. Check out this cool PDF infographic for more of a succinct summary.
Conference of champions: It was the ninth year in a row that the Pac-12 led all conferences in national championships (10 this year, 469 overall). Quick, name all the titles!
Depth and experience: There’s no doubt the conference balled out on the field last year. The Pac-12 put up 31 non-conference wins in 2013, with five teams posting 10+ wins during the season and nine teams making bowls (going 6-3). There will also be 10 teams returning starting quarterbacks, with 15 starters returning per team.
Non-conference highlights: There will be Oregon taking on Michigan State, UCLA taking on Texas, Utah battling Michigan, and Notre Dame facing off with Stanford, Arizona State and USC.
Future of college athletics: He expresses confidence that college athletics will make the changes to be successful, and downplays "doomsday" scenarios.
Chevron: The Pac-12 announced a new partnership with Chevron. Here are some of the details.
The Pac-12 Conference today announced a three-year partnership with Chevron that will highlight the value of education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. As part of the agreement, the Pac-12 Network will create a collection of video vignettes, which will run on the conference multimedia channels, highlighting current student-athletes from each campus who major in STEM, including alumni who now work for Chevron. The company also becomes a sponsor of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament and the official Fuel and Integrated Energy sponsor of the Conference.
To showcase the Chevron partnership, Marcus Mariota was in a promotional video talking about returning to school for science classes. Uh. Sure.
Santa Clara: Larry Scott seems really excited that he can now drive to the Pac-12 championship game. He was quick to promote the fact that it would be a state-of-the-art venue in heart of Silicon Valley, spanning 1.85 million square feet and approximately 68,500 seats (notably absent was the talk of the luxury boxes that probably made the big decision for him).
Student health: The Pac-12 has committed over $3.5 million a year for the next 3 years to study athlete health, with a special emphasis on head trauma.
Collegiate model: "The collegiate model is working for the vast majority of our schools." Larry has been pretty against student-athlete stipends for awhile, so I'm guessing this is firm.
DirecTV: No words on it. I’m guessing you’re not likely to see any DirecTV updates for awhile.