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17 Dec 18
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17 Dec 18
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16 Dec 18

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16 Dec 18
The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry

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14 Dec 18
Santa Cruz Sentinel
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from Dec. 14, has been made available on the Hotline in archived form … Pac-12 strategy: Experts weigh in We interrupt the popular narrative — that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has pursued a horrendous media strategy — for some perspective. (Yep, that gosh-darn perspective.) In a recently-published roundtable discussion for AthleticDirectorU, a well-respected industry site, three media experts addressed the decision to retain 100 percent ownership of the Pac-12 Networks and the opportunity that presents for a mega-deal in coming years. The experts are Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports; AJ Maestas, CEO of of Navigate Research; and Hillary Mandel, senior vice president of IMG Media. Surprise, surprise: They have a slightly different view of Scott’s strategy than the non-experts. The link to the full roundtable is below, but here are a few snippets. On the Pac-12’s decision to take 100 percent ownership of its network: Stultz: “The true value of the conference’s strategy won’t be fully known until the next round of rights negotiations. The Pac-12 will have more options available to it than any other conference because of the rights it has retained. Whether or not that pays off will be clear once those negotiations occur.” Maestas: “No one can predict the future, but no sports property I know of regrets their decision to take equity in their own network. I think it was very smart at the time and long-term will prove to be the right decision, even if they are feeling some short term pain. If the Pac-12 had followed the Big Ten/SEC model, it would have committed itself to a disadvantaged position in perpetuity.” On the impact OTT will have on the value of sports rights: Stultz: “As it relates to the Pac-12, the spinoff of the RSNs by Disney could provide interesting opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The buyer may want to expand and thus seek to acquire or partner with the Pac-12. Or, an unsuccessful bidder may become enamored by the business and seek to use the Pac-12 Network as a platform for entering the sports network business. Time will tell.” On the Pac-12’s position when its current media deals expire in 2024: Stultz: “The Pac-12 should be positioned very nicely to capitalize on a changing market that should be much clearer by then … The Pac-12 will have the deepest, broadest, most comprehensive package of content, sponsorship and media rights ever assembled to offer potential suitors. Unless there is a major disruption in college athletics, the Pac-12 should come out of these negotiations in a much stronger position.” Mandel: “The fact that Pac-12 controls its rights will give them flexibility and optionality when they come to market. Owning their own network has allowed them to collect crucial data on their fan base and audience which will be important in those future digital conversations.” Maestas: “They will be in a very strong position given the flexibility and ownership they control. Their deals are all lined up to expire at the same time as well which allows for a lot of room for creativity across their entire portfolio of inventory. The only fear I might have is mostly out of their control – the marketplace. Most major rights deals (major pro sports leagues and other collegiate conferences) expire before the Pac-12 window.” Much more here. It’s worth your time.— Jon Wilner *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. Hot off the Hotline • The season ends as it began for the Pac-12: With Washington on the national stage, carrying the flag. UW’s performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will shape the perception of the conference in the postseason. That and more in our bowl picks (against the spread). • ICYMI: The Wednesday newsletter put my preseason predictions in the spotlight. How did I grade out? Not well, particularly in regard to the South. And please note: Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Key Dates Select men’s basketball games included. (All times Pacific.) Dec. 15: Las Vegas Bowl: ASU vs. Fresno State (12:30 p.m./ABC)Dec. 15: Utah at Kentucky (2 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 19-21: football early-signing periodDec. 22: UCLA vs. Ohio State (12 p.m./CBS)Dec. 22: Kansas at ASU (6 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 26: Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs TCU (6 p.m./ESPN) State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • The Pac-12 placed six players on USA Today’s freshman All-America team, including three linemen … ESPN’s Mark Schlabach picks Pac-12 to win four of seven games in his annual bowl overview. (That seems to be the consensus.) … The Pac-12 isn’t the lowest-rated Power Five conference in the CBS Sports power rankings: “It came into the season as the punchline to every Power Five joke … But it was at least slightly better than expected,” writes Barrett Sallee … There’s a growing push to expand the College Football Playoff, but obstacles to an eight-team event are significant, as The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel smartly explains. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Things got a bit interesting Wednesday when the Colorado regents gathered to approve Mel Tucker’s contract. Two voted against, using the forum to protest larger issues in the game. (Right idea, wrong platform; thumbs down.) • Meanwhile, Kwahn Drake, who did quality work with Colorado’s defensive line and was expected to be retained by Tucker, is leaving the Buffs for Kansas. • Utah linebacker Chase Hansen is questionable for the Holiday Bowl. So is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Wait, what? • Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson is less-than-questionable for the Las Vegas Bowl because of a family emergency. He’s not expected to play. • Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe was a success, but as SI’s Daniel Rapaport notes: Winning seven games at ASU “isn’t really a mark of progress.” • Forget what we said Wednesday about Justin Murphy’s sixth year of eligibility adding to UCLA’s offensive line depth. He’s leaving the program. • The national championship game at Levi’s Stadium has a huge halftime act, Imagine Dragons, except they won’t be performing at Levi’s Stadium. • UCLA big man Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery and plans to return “better than ever.” We wish him the best in his recovery. Recruiting Trail The early-signing window opens in five days. • An elite cornerback, St. John Bosco’s Trent McDuffie, is headed to Washington. About time the Huskies landed a decent defensive back. Sheesh. • Arizona State corralled a major recruit Thursday in the form of dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, a 4-star prospect from San Bernardino. (Psst: The Sun Devils are doing quite well on the trail.) • Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, perhaps the best prospect in the country (any position), will announce his college choice Saturday. Oregon is in the final four. So is Bama. • Some of the top players in Arizona history came from the Pacfic Islands. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats are dipping back into the pipeline Dick Tomey established decades ago. Draft Developments • Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller published his latest ‘big board’ earlier this week, and Pac-12 representation was, um, modest: The conference’s top talent, Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, is the No. 16 overall prospect, behind eight — yep, eight — players from the SEC. • Meanwhile, nobody really knows if Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will declare for the 2019 draft, Miller writes. Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • Cool story from Berkeley, where Bears guard Archer Olson and gymnast Cassidy Keelen participated in a Sports Tech Collider program designed to “solve some of the most pressing issues in sports.” • One of the greatest basketball players in conference history, USC’s Lisa Leslie, will receive the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. (Her hardware: three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, four Olympic golds, two WNBA titles and the Naismith HoF. Solid.) • It’s Stanford against Nebraska for the NCAA volleyball championship (Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2). Choice Reads • Oregon big man Paul White “has lost count of how many friends in his hometown (Chicago) have been murdered,” writes the Register-Guard’s Steve Mims. At a recent funeral, White felt anxious about the fragility of his own life. • Touching profile, from azcentral’s Greg Moore, of Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose daughter has Down syndrome. That doesn’t stop Abby from giving dad the ‘Forks Up.’ • The Seattle Times’ Scott Hanson takes a deep dive into an important development for the Pac-12: The state of Washington, once known for its basketball talent, is producing more elite football prospects. Could the success of the Huskies and Seahawks have something to do with it? • Not directly related to the Pac-12 but worth your time: USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer examines the engine behind the expansion of the bowl season, which has grown from 18 games two deacdes ago to 40 this season (and is about to get bigger). Bottom line: The games benefit those with a vested interest. Looking Ahead What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5756113,5756448,5749671″] • Our recap of the Las Vegas Bowl will be included in ‘Saturday Night Five,’ along with reaction to other developments across the conference. The AP football poll is on hiatus until the end of the bowl season, but we’re chugging along with the basketball version (coming Monday morning). • Cal coach Justin Wilcox got more than a new contract. He received a raise for the 2018 season, as well. We’ll look at the salaries for all 12 coaches this season on a dollars-per-victory scale. • Also coming Monday: Our preview of the top storylines of the early-signing window, with the help of 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). If you don’t, or have other feedback, let me know: pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716 *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline *** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.
14 Dec 18
Marin Independent Journal
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from Dec. 14, has been made available on the Hotline in archived form … Pac-12 strategy: Experts weigh in We interrupt the popular narrative — that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has pursued a horrendous media strategy — for some perspective. (Yep, that gosh-darn perspective.) In a recently-published roundtable discussion for AthleticDirectorU, a well-respected industry site, three media experts addressed the decision to retain 100 percent ownership of the Pac-12 Networks and the opportunity that presents for a mega-deal in coming years. The experts are Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports; AJ Maestas, CEO of of Navigate Research; and Hillary Mandel, senior vice president of IMG Media. Surprise, surprise: They have a slightly different view of Scott’s strategy than the non-experts. The link to the full roundtable is below, but here are a few snippets. On the Pac-12’s decision to take 100 percent ownership of its network: Stultz: “The true value of the conference’s strategy won’t be fully known until the next round of rights negotiations. The Pac-12 will have more options available to it than any other conference because of the rights it has retained. Whether or not that pays off will be clear once those negotiations occur.” Maestas: “No one can predict the future, but no sports property I know of regrets their decision to take equity in their own network. I think it was very smart at the time and long-term will prove to be the right decision, even if they are feeling some short term pain. If the Pac-12 had followed the Big Ten/SEC model, it would have committed itself to a disadvantaged position in perpetuity.” On the impact OTT will have on the value of sports rights: Stultz: “As it relates to the Pac-12, the spinoff of the RSNs by Disney could provide interesting opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The buyer may want to expand and thus seek to acquire or partner with the Pac-12. Or, an unsuccessful bidder may become enamored by the business and seek to use the Pac-12 Network as a platform for entering the sports network business. Time will tell.” On the Pac-12’s position when its current media deals expire in 2024: Stultz: “The Pac-12 should be positioned very nicely to capitalize on a changing market that should be much clearer by then … The Pac-12 will have the deepest, broadest, most comprehensive package of content, sponsorship and media rights ever assembled to offer potential suitors. Unless there is a major disruption in college athletics, the Pac-12 should come out of these negotiations in a much stronger position.” Mandel: “The fact that Pac-12 controls its rights will give them flexibility and optionality when they come to market. Owning their own network has allowed them to collect crucial data on their fan base and audience which will be important in those future digital conversations.” Maestas: “They will be in a very strong position given the flexibility and ownership they control. Their deals are all lined up to expire at the same time as well which allows for a lot of room for creativity across their entire portfolio of inventory. The only fear I might have is mostly out of their control – the marketplace. Most major rights deals (major pro sports leagues and other collegiate conferences) expire before the Pac-12 window.” Much more here. It’s worth your time.— Jon Wilner *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. Hot off the Hotline • The season ends as it began for the Pac-12: With Washington on the national stage, carrying the flag. UW’s performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will shape the perception of the conference in the postseason. That and more in our bowl picks (against the spread). • ICYMI: The Wednesday newsletter put my preseason predictions in the spotlight. How did I grade out? Not well, particularly in regard to the South. And please note: Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Key Dates Select men’s basketball games included. (All times Pacific.) Dec. 15: Las Vegas Bowl: ASU vs. Fresno State (12:30 p.m./ABC)Dec. 15: Utah at Kentucky (2 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 19-21: football early-signing periodDec. 22: UCLA vs. Ohio State (12 p.m./CBS)Dec. 22: Kansas at ASU (6 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 26: Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs TCU (6 p.m./ESPN) State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • The Pac-12 placed six players on USA Today’s freshman All-America team, including three linemen … ESPN’s Mark Schlabach picks Pac-12 to win four of seven games in his annual bowl overview. (That seems to be the consensus.) … The Pac-12 isn’t the lowest-rated Power Five conference in the CBS Sports power rankings: “It came into the season as the punchline to every Power Five joke … But it was at least slightly better than expected,” writes Barrett Sallee … There’s a growing push to expand the College Football Playoff, but obstacles to an eight-team event are significant, as The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel smartly explains. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Things got a bit interesting Wednesday when the Colorado regents gathered to approve Mel Tucker’s contract. Two voted against, using the forum to protest larger issues in the game. (Right idea, wrong platform; thumbs down.) • Meanwhile, Kwahn Drake, who did quality work with Colorado’s defensive line and was expected to be retained by Tucker, is leaving the Buffs for Kansas. • Utah linebacker Chase Hansen is questionable for the Holiday Bowl. So is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Wait, what? • Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson is less-than-questionable for the Las Vegas Bowl because of a family emergency. He’s not expected to play. • Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe was a success, but as SI’s Daniel Rapaport notes: Winning seven games at ASU “isn’t really a mark of progress.” • Forget what we said Wednesday about Justin Murphy’s sixth year of eligibility adding to UCLA’s offensive line depth. He’s leaving the program. • The national championship game at Levi’s Stadium has a huge halftime act, Imagine Dragons, except they won’t be performing at Levi’s Stadium. • UCLA big man Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery and plans to return “better than ever.” We wish him the best in his recovery. Recruiting Trail The early-signing window opens in five days. • An elite cornerback, St. John Bosco’s Trent McDuffie, is headed to Washington. About time the Huskies landed a decent defensive back. Sheesh. • Arizona State corralled a major recruit Thursday in the form of dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, a 4-star prospect from San Bernardino. (Psst: The Sun Devils are doing quite well on the trail.) • Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, perhaps the best prospect in the country (any position), will announce his college choice Saturday. Oregon is in the final four. So is Bama. • Some of the top players in Arizona history came from the Pacfic Islands. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats are dipping back into the pipeline Dick Tomey established decades ago. Draft Developments • Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller published his latest ‘big board’ earlier this week, and Pac-12 representation was, um, modest: The conference’s top talent, Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, is the No. 16 overall prospect, behind eight — yep, eight — players from the SEC. • Meanwhile, nobody really knows if Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will declare for the 2019 draft, Miller writes. Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • Cool story from Berkeley, where Bears guard Archer Olson and gymnast Cassidy Keelen participated in a Sports Tech Collider program designed to “solve some of the most pressing issues in sports.” • One of the greatest basketball players in conference history, USC’s Lisa Leslie, will receive the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. (Her hardware: three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, four Olympic golds, two WNBA titles and the Naismith HoF. Solid.) • It’s Stanford against Nebraska for the NCAA volleyball championship (Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2). Choice Reads • Oregon big man Paul White “has lost count of how many friends in his hometown (Chicago) have been murdered,” writes the Register-Guard’s Steve Mims. At a recent funeral, White felt anxious about the fragility of his own life. • Touching profile, from azcentral’s Greg Moore, of Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose daughter has Down syndrome. That doesn’t stop Abby from giving dad the ‘Forks Up.’ • The Seattle Times’ Scott Hanson takes a deep dive into an important development for the Pac-12: The state of Washington, once known for its basketball talent, is producing more elite football prospects. Could the success of the Huskies and Seahawks have something to do with it? • Not directly related to the Pac-12 but worth your time: USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer examines the engine behind the expansion of the bowl season, which has grown from 18 games two deacdes ago to 40 this season (and is about to get bigger). Bottom line: The games benefit those with a vested interest. Looking Ahead What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5756113,5756448,5749671″] • Our recap of the Las Vegas Bowl will be included in ‘Saturday Night Five,’ along with reaction to other developments across the conference. The AP football poll is on hiatus until the end of the bowl season, but we’re chugging along with the basketball version (coming Monday morning). • Cal coach Justin Wilcox got more than a new contract. He received a raise for the 2018 season, as well. We’ll look at the salaries for all 12 coaches this season on a dollars-per-victory scale. • Also coming Monday: Our preview of the top storylines of the early-signing window, with the help of 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). If you don’t, or have other feedback, let me know: pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716 *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline *** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.
14 Dec 18
The Mercury News
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from Dec. 14, has been made available on the Hotline in archived form … Pac-12 strategy: Experts weigh in We interrupt the popular narrative — that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has pursued a horrendous media strategy — for some perspective. (Yep, that gosh-darn perspective.) In a recently-published roundtable discussion for AthleticDirectorU, a well-respected industry site, three media experts addressed the decision to retain 100 percent ownership of the Pac-12 Networks and the opportunity that presents for a mega-deal in coming years. The experts are Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports; AJ Maestas, CEO of of Navigate Research; and Hillary Mandel, senior vice president of IMG Media. Surprise, surprise: They have a slightly different view of Scott’s strategy than the non-experts. The link to the full roundtable is below, but here are a few snippets. On the Pac-12’s decision to take 100 percent ownership of its network: Stultz: “The true value of the conference’s strategy won’t be fully known until the next round of rights negotiations. The Pac-12 will have more options available to it than any other conference because of the rights it has retained. Whether or not that pays off will be clear once those negotiations occur.” Maestas: “No one can predict the future, but no sports property I know of regrets their decision to take equity in their own network. I think it was very smart at the time and long-term will prove to be the right decision, even if they are feeling some short term pain. If the Pac-12 had followed the Big Ten/SEC model, it would have committed itself to a disadvantaged position in perpetuity.” On the impact OTT will have on the value of sports rights: Stultz: “As it relates to the Pac-12, the spinoff of the RSNs by Disney could provide interesting opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The buyer may want to expand and thus seek to acquire or partner with the Pac-12. Or, an unsuccessful bidder may become enamored by the business and seek to use the Pac-12 Network as a platform for entering the sports network business. Time will tell.” On the Pac-12’s position when its current media deals expire in 2024: Stultz: “The Pac-12 should be positioned very nicely to capitalize on a changing market that should be much clearer by then … The Pac-12 will have the deepest, broadest, most comprehensive package of content, sponsorship and media rights ever assembled to offer potential suitors. Unless there is a major disruption in college athletics, the Pac-12 should come out of these negotiations in a much stronger position.” Mandel: “The fact that Pac-12 controls its rights will give them flexibility and optionality when they come to market. Owning their own network has allowed them to collect crucial data on their fan base and audience which will be important in those future digital conversations.” Maestas: “They will be in a very strong position given the flexibility and ownership they control. Their deals are all lined up to expire at the same time as well which allows for a lot of room for creativity across their entire portfolio of inventory. The only fear I might have is mostly out of their control – the marketplace. Most major rights deals (major pro sports leagues and other collegiate conferences) expire before the Pac-12 window.” Much more here. It’s worth your time.— Jon Wilner *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. Hot off the Hotline • The season ends as it began for the Pac-12: With Washington on the national stage, carrying the flag. UW’s performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will shape the perception of the conference in the postseason. That and more in our bowl picks (against the spread). • ICYMI: The Wednesday newsletter put my preseason predictions in the spotlight. How did I grade out? Not well, particularly in regard to the South. And please note: Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Key Dates Select men’s basketball games included. (All times Pacific.) Dec. 15: Las Vegas Bowl: ASU vs. Fresno State (12:30 p.m./ABC) Dec. 15: Utah at Kentucky (2 p.m./ESPN2) Dec. 19-21: football early-signing period Dec. 22: UCLA vs. Ohio State (12 p.m./CBS) Dec. 22: Kansas at ASU (6 p.m./ESPN2) Dec. 26: Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs TCU (6 p.m./ESPN) State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • The Pac-12 placed six players on USA Today’s freshman All-America team, including three linemen … ESPN’s Mark Schlabach picks Pac-12 to win four of seven games in his annual bowl overview. (That seems to be the consensus.) … The Pac-12 isn’t the lowest-rated Power Five conference in the CBS Sports power rankings: “It came into the season as the punchline to every Power Five joke … But it was at least slightly better than expected,” writes Barrett Sallee … There’s a growing push to expand the College Football Playoff, but obstacles to an eight-team event are significant, as The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel smartly explains. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Things got a bit interesting Wednesday when the Colorado regents gathered to approve Mel Tucker’s contract. Two voted against, using the forum to protest larger issues in the game. (Right idea, wrong platform; thumbs down.) • Meanwhile, Kwahn Drake, who did quality work with Colorado’s defensive line and was expected to be retained by Tucker, is leaving the Buffs for Kansas. • Utah linebacker Chase Hansen is questionable for the Holiday Bowl. So is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Wait, what? • Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson is less-than-questionable for the Las Vegas Bowl because of a family emergency. He’s not expected to play. • Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe was a success, but as SI’s Daniel Rapaport notes: Winning seven games at ASU “isn’t really a mark of progress.” • Forget what we said Wednesday about Justin Murphy’s sixth year of eligibility adding to UCLA’s offensive line depth. He’s leaving the program. • The national championship game at Levi’s Stadium has a huge halftime act, Imagine Dragons, except they won’t be performing at Levi’s Stadium. • UCLA big man Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery and plans to return “better than ever.” We wish him the best in his recovery. Recruiting Trail The early-signing window opens in five days. • An elite cornerback, St. John Bosco’s Trent McDuffie, is headed to Washington. About time the Huskies landed a decent defensive back. Sheesh. • Arizona State corralled a major recruit Thursday in the form of dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, a 4-star prospect from San Bernardino. (Psst: The Sun Devils are doing quite well on the trail.) • Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, perhaps the best prospect in the country (any position), will announce his college choice Saturday. Oregon is in the final four. So is Bama. • Some of the top players in Arizona history came from the Pacfic Islands. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats are dipping back into the pipeline Dick Tomey established decades ago. Draft Developments • Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller published his latest ‘big board’ earlier this week, and Pac-12 representation was, um, modest: The conference’s top talent, Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, is the No. 16 overall prospect, behind eight — yep, eight — players from the SEC. • Meanwhile, nobody really knows if Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will declare for the 2019 draft, Miller writes. Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • Cool story from Berkeley, where Bears guard Archer Olson and gymnast Cassidy Keelen participated in a Sports Tech Collider program designed to “solve some of the most pressing issues in sports.” • One of the greatest basketball players in conference history, USC’s Lisa Leslie, will receive the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. (Her hardware: three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, four Olympic golds, two WNBA titles and the Naismith HoF. Solid.) • It’s Stanford against Nebraska for the NCAA volleyball championship (Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2). Choice Reads • Oregon big man Paul White “has lost count of how many friends in his hometown (Chicago) have been murdered,” writes the Register-Guard’s Steve Mims. At a recent funeral, White felt anxious about the fragility of his own life. • Touching profile, from azcentral’s Greg Moore, of Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose daughter has Down syndrome. That doesn’t stop Abby from giving dad the ‘Forks Up.’ • The Seattle Times’ Scott Hanson takes a deep dive into an important development for the Pac-12: The state of Washington, once known for its basketball talent, is producing more elite football prospects. Could the success of the Huskies and Seahawks have something to do with it? • Not directly related to the Pac-12 but worth your time: USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer examines the engine behind the expansion of the bowl season, which has grown from 18 games two deacdes ago to 40 this season (and is about to get bigger). Bottom line: The games benefit those with a vested interest. Looking Ahead What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5756113,5756448,5749671″] • Our recap of the Las Vegas Bowl will be included in ‘Saturday Night Five,’ along with reaction to other developments across the conference. The AP football poll is on hiatus until the end of the bowl season, but we’re chugging along with the basketball version (coming Monday morning). • Cal coach Justin Wilcox got more than a new contract. He received a raise for the 2018 season, as well. We’ll look at the salaries for all 12 coaches this season on a dollars-per-victory scale. • Also coming Monday: Our preview of the top storylines of the early-signing window, with the help of 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). 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14 Dec 18
East Bay Times
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from Dec. 14, has been made available on the Hotline in archived form … Pac-12 strategy: Experts weigh in We interrupt the popular narrative — that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has pursued a horrendous media strategy — for some perspective. (Yep, that gosh-darn perspective.) In a recently-published roundtable discussion for AthleticDirectorU, a well-respected industry site, three media experts addressed the decision to retain 100 percent ownership of the Pac-12 Networks and the opportunity that presents for a mega-deal in coming years. The experts are Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports; AJ Maestas, CEO of of Navigate Research; and Hillary Mandel, senior vice president of IMG Media. Surprise, surprise: They have a slightly different view of Scott’s strategy than the non-experts. The link to the full roundtable is below, but here are a few snippets. On the Pac-12’s decision to take 100 percent ownership of its network: Stultz: “The true value of the conference’s strategy won’t be fully known until the next round of rights negotiations. The Pac-12 will have more options available to it than any other conference because of the rights it has retained. Whether or not that pays off will be clear once those negotiations occur.” Maestas: “No one can predict the future, but no sports property I know of regrets their decision to take equity in their own network. I think it was very smart at the time and long-term will prove to be the right decision, even if they are feeling some short term pain. If the Pac-12 had followed the Big Ten/SEC model, it would have committed itself to a disadvantaged position in perpetuity.” On the impact OTT will have on the value of sports rights: Stultz: “As it relates to the Pac-12, the spinoff of the RSNs by Disney could provide interesting opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The buyer may want to expand and thus seek to acquire or partner with the Pac-12. Or, an unsuccessful bidder may become enamored by the business and seek to use the Pac-12 Network as a platform for entering the sports network business. Time will tell.” On the Pac-12’s position when its current media deals expire in 2024: Stultz: “The Pac-12 should be positioned very nicely to capitalize on a changing market that should be much clearer by then … The Pac-12 will have the deepest, broadest, most comprehensive package of content, sponsorship and media rights ever assembled to offer potential suitors. Unless there is a major disruption in college athletics, the Pac-12 should come out of these negotiations in a much stronger position.” Mandel: “The fact that Pac-12 controls its rights will give them flexibility and optionality when they come to market. Owning their own network has allowed them to collect crucial data on their fan base and audience which will be important in those future digital conversations.” Maestas: “They will be in a very strong position given the flexibility and ownership they control. Their deals are all lined up to expire at the same time as well which allows for a lot of room for creativity across their entire portfolio of inventory. The only fear I might have is mostly out of their control – the marketplace. Most major rights deals (major pro sports leagues and other collegiate conferences) expire before the Pac-12 window.” Much more here. It’s worth your time.— Jon Wilner *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. Hot off the Hotline • The season ends as it began for the Pac-12: With Washington on the national stage, carrying the flag. UW’s performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will shape the perception of the conference in the postseason. That and more in our bowl picks (against the spread). • ICYMI: The Wednesday newsletter put my preseason predictions in the spotlight. How did I grade out? Not well, particularly in regard to the South. And please note: Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Key Dates Select men’s basketball games included. (All times Pacific.) Dec. 15: Las Vegas Bowl: ASU vs. Fresno State (12:30 p.m./ABC)Dec. 15: Utah at Kentucky (2 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 19-21: football early-signing periodDec. 22: UCLA vs. Ohio State (12 p.m./CBS)Dec. 22: Kansas at ASU (6 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 26: Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs TCU (6 p.m./ESPN) State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • The Pac-12 placed six players on USA Today’s freshman All-America team, including three linemen … ESPN’s Mark Schlabach picks Pac-12 to win four of seven games in his annual bowl overview. (That seems to be the consensus.) … The Pac-12 isn’t the lowest-rated Power Five conference in the CBS Sports power rankings: “It came into the season as the punchline to every Power Five joke … But it was at least slightly better than expected,” writes Barrett Sallee … There’s a growing push to expand the College Football Playoff, but obstacles to an eight-team event are significant, as The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel smartly explains. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Things got a bit interesting Wednesday when the Colorado regents gathered to approve Mel Tucker’s contract. Two voted against, using the forum to protest larger issues in the game. (Right idea, wrong platform; thumbs down.) • Meanwhile, Kwahn Drake, who did quality work with Colorado’s defensive line and was expected to be retained by Tucker, is leaving the Buffs for Kansas. • Utah linebacker Chase Hansen is questionable for the Holiday Bowl. So is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Wait, what? • Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson is less-than-questionable for the Las Vegas Bowl because of a family emergency. He’s not expected to play. • Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe was a success, but as SI’s Daniel Rapaport notes: Winning seven games at ASU “isn’t really a mark of progress.” • Forget what we said Wednesday about Justin Murphy’s sixth year of eligibility adding to UCLA’s offensive line depth. He’s leaving the program. • The national championship game at Levi’s Stadium has a huge halftime act, Imagine Dragons, except they won’t be performing at Levi’s Stadium. • UCLA big man Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery and plans to return “better than ever.” We wish him the best in his recovery. Recruiting Trail The early-signing window opens in five days. • An elite cornerback, St. John Bosco’s Trent McDuffie, is headed to Washington. About time the Huskies landed a decent defensive back. Sheesh. • Arizona State corralled a major recruit Thursday in the form of dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, a 4-star prospect from San Bernardino. (Psst: The Sun Devils are doing quite well on the trail.) • Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, perhaps the best prospect in the country (any position), will announce his college choice Saturday. Oregon is in the final four. So is Bama. • Some of the top players in Arizona history came from the Pacfic Islands. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats are dipping back into the pipeline Dick Tomey established decades ago. Draft Developments • Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller published his latest ‘big board’ earlier this week, and Pac-12 representation was, um, modest: The conference’s top talent, Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, is the No. 16 overall prospect, behind eight — yep, eight — players from the SEC. • Meanwhile, nobody really knows if Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will declare for the 2019 draft, Miller writes. Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • Cool story from Berkeley, where Bears guard Archer Olson and gymnast Cassidy Keelen participated in a Sports Tech Collider program designed to “solve some of the most pressing issues in sports.” • One of the greatest basketball players in conference history, USC’s Lisa Leslie, will receive the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. (Her hardware: three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, four Olympic golds, two WNBA titles and the Naismith HoF. Solid.) • It’s Stanford against Nebraska for the NCAA volleyball championship (Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2). Choice Reads • Oregon big man Paul White “has lost count of how many friends in his hometown (Chicago) have been murdered,” writes the Register-Guard’s Steve Mims. At a recent funeral, White felt anxious about the fragility of his own life. • Touching profile, from azcentral’s Greg Moore, of Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose daughter has Down syndrome. That doesn’t stop Abby from giving dad the ‘Forks Up.’ • The Seattle Times’ Scott Hanson takes a deep dive into an important development for the Pac-12: The state of Washington, once known for its basketball talent, is producing more elite football prospects. Could the success of the Huskies and Seahawks have something to do with it? • Not directly related to the Pac-12 but worth your time: USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer examines the engine behind the expansion of the bowl season, which has grown from 18 games two deacdes ago to 40 this season (and is about to get bigger). Bottom line: The games benefit those with a vested interest. Looking Ahead What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5756113,5756448,5749671″] • Our recap of the Las Vegas Bowl will be included in ‘Saturday Night Five,’ along with reaction to other developments across the conference. The AP football poll is on hiatus until the end of the bowl season, but we’re chugging along with the basketball version (coming Monday morning). • Cal coach Justin Wilcox got more than a new contract. He received a raise for the 2018 season, as well. We’ll look at the salaries for all 12 coaches this season on a dollars-per-victory scale. • Also coming Monday: Our preview of the top storylines of the early-signing window, with the help of 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). 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CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device NORWALK — De La Salle wanted a tight game, wanted a chance in the fourth quarter — something it did not experience the previous two years on the state’s biggest stage. The Spartans had a chance Saturday night, had a chance to make it real interesting. But Mater Dei answered the call and celebrated a second consecutive Open Division state championship with a 35-21 victory at Cerritos College. Trailing by 21 in the second half, De La Salle found itself down just 28-21 when James Coby scored from the 1 on fourth down midway through the fourth quarter. The defense then put Mater Dei in a third-and-5 tight spot from the 20 with five minutes left. A stop, a punt and who knows? “Despite four turnovers, we were sitting right there,” De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh said. “We were going to go for two. We wanted to stop them, march down that field, and we knew the two-point play we wanted to go for. We were confident that we were going to get it done. We couldn’t get them off the field.” No, De La Salle could not. Bru McCoy reeled in a 9-yard reception from Bryce Young to move the chains, and the Monarchs were on their way to a championship-icing touchdown. “Those guys are great,” Alumbaugh said, noting Mater Dei’s wins over IMG Academy and St. John Bosco. “But we just made too many mistakes. I wish we were a little cleaner.” In this season of redemption for De La Salle, so much went right — from early wins over Folsom and Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas to claiming a 27th consecutive North Coast Section championship last week. But the trip to the Southland was far from right for the Spartans. Four-star linebacker/running back Henry To’oto’o — the heart and soul of the defense — injured a foot while making a cut at practice Friday and was limited on defense and unavailable on offense. “It was impressive he played on it, I’ll put it that way,” Alumbaugh said. “You can definitely put on record that dude showed a lot of guts tonight.” “I fractured the bottom half of my foot,” To’oto’o said. “I just gave it everything I could.” To’oto’o acknowledged there was a chance he would not play at all. But, he added, “These are my brothers for life. I love everybody on this team way too much to let them down like that.” De La Salle had hoped to avoid the mistakes that proved costly in last season’s title game, but the miscues piled up again. A bad snap on a first-quarter punt gave Mater Dei the ball at the DLS 17. After a 10-yard penalty, Young fired a laser to Cameron Gardner from 27 yards out for a 7-0 lead. De La Salle (12-1) moved into Mater Dei territory on its next series as Dorian Hale connected with Lu Magia Hearns for a 44-yard gain to the 26. But on the next snap, Hale lost a fumble and Mater Dei drove 74 yards for another touchdown. Along the way, Young scrambled for 18 yards on third-and-19 to set up Sean Dollars’ 10-yard run on fourth-and-inches. Then came a 23-yard pass from Young to Mike Martinez and 37-yard beauty of a throw from Young to McCoy on the first snap of the second quarter for a 14-0 lead. It looked like more of the same for De La Salle, which lost to St. John-Bosco 56-33 in the Open final in 2016 and 52-21 to Mater Dei in the Open final a year ago. But De La Salle found fresh air while pushed back against its own end zone. Hale, amid heavy pressure, connected with Coby along the sideline and the running back turned the completion into an 83-yard gain to the Mater Dei 8. On third down from the 9, Hale found Grant Daley for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 14-7. Hale finished 10 of 19 for 254 yards and two TDs. The score did not change until Mater Dei (13-2) opened the second half with a 67-yard drive, capped by Glenn Harper’s 15-yard run that widened the margin to 21-7. The lead grew to 28-7 when Harper scored from the 1 with 4:52 left in the third quarter, a drive that started after a De La Salle fumble. “It was 28-7, and there was no quit in us,” Alumbaugh said. “We clawed our way back. I looked up and was like, ‘Man, this is looking good.’ We just couldn’t capitalize. We couldn’t finish. It’s too bad.” But the Spartans made it interesting. When Hearns caught a pass from Hale and sprinted across the goal line for a 67-yard touchdown play, De La Salle had pulled to within 28-14 with 11:42 left. A blocked punt gave De La Salle the ball at the Mater Dei 27 with 8:35 to go, and Coby scored eight plays later to make it a one-touchdown game. “We had ’em,” To’oto’o said. “We just had to finish off on defense.” Harper’s 15-yard run — his third touchdown of the night — stretched the advantage to 35-21 with 3:55 left, ending De La Salle’s hopes of winning an eighth state crown. When it was over, To’oto’o, a senior, shared an emotional embrace with teammate Shamar Garrett, who will be a senior next season. “Bring it back next year,” To’oto’o said. “I told him to make me a promise to stop letting this happen to us. We’re way too good of a team to let that stuff happen like that.” Etc.: The announced attendance was 4,823, far from capacity in a venue that can hold 12,000. … Mater Dei cornerback Elias Ricks, who had nine interceptions this season, did not play for reasons coach Bruce Rollinson did not disclose, according to the Orange County Register. PLAYOFFS? 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