Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 Media Day recap

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods return to the studio to breakdown all of the interesting news and notes from Pac-12 Media Day 2021. It started off with new conference commissioner George Kliavkoff addressing the media 30 minutes after Texas and Oklahoma announced they had officially asked to join the SEC. Things got more interesting when Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich addressed the room via Zoom because he has yet to receive the vaccine and wasn’t allowed to attend the conference in person.

The guys also discuss what they think about the new direction of the conference, from one of parity under Larry Scott to a focus on championships for the revenue sports under Kliavkoff. Ryan also had an opportunity to meet with the new commissioner while he was on the first stop of his listening tour at USC and he shares his first impressions after that one-on-one conversation.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 Media Day preview and why WSU’s Nick Rolovich won’t be in attendance

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods return to discuss the breaking news that Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich will not be attending Pac-12 Media Day in person because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19. The guys were going through the Pac-12 Media Day release right after it was sent to the media and noticed that there was a note indicating that Rolovich would be doing interviews via Zoom. Neither host knew why but within minutes Rolovich’s statement hit Twitter: “I have elected not to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for reasons which will remain private.”

While the guys have a field day with that news, they also go on to discuss what could be another conference realignment wave with both Texas and Oklahoma having potential interest in leaving the Big12 and joining the SEC. The Pac-12 tried to bring in both of those programs back with the league was the Pac-12, but when the deal fell through added Colorado and Utah instead. They also talk about name, image and likeness deals including Alabama’s Bryce Young reportedly getting close to $1 million in NIL money before he even started a game for the Tide.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Podcast of Champions – Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead! Pac-12 fans everywhere rejoice as the Larry Scott era is finally over

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods celebrate the end of an era that went on far, far too long as Larry Scott is finally out as the Pac-12 commissioner. New Conference of Champions boss George Kliavkoff will have plenty of damage to assess from the work of his predecessor and Pac-12 fans are hoping he will be able to push the right buttons to get the conference back on track and on par with the rest of the Power Five.

July 1 also marks for the first day that college athletes will be allowed to profit off of their name, image and likeness after the NCAA punted and said schools can police themselves when it comes to NIL. Oregon recently signed an NIL law that also begins on July 1, but states like Washington, California, Arizona, Utah and Colorado with no active law could be better off since there are actually no state laws that need to be followed regarding NIL. Once the clock strikes midnight we expect all of the Pac-12 programs to be out on social media promoting their new NIL plans for their student athletes.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Podcast of Champions – Could Pac-12 football lose divisions and drop a conference game plus Larry Scott’s final gift to Pac-12 fans

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are together in person for the first time since the pandemic started, discussing the Pac-12 athletic directors meeting with incoming commissioner George Kliavkoff and how the future of college football scheduling strategy could change with the likely expansion of the College Football Playoff from 4 to 12 teams. The ADs are considering a couple of options to help optimize the Pac-12’s chances of making and succeeding in a 12-team playoff world, including eliminating the division model for the conference and dropping the required conference games for each program from 9 to 8.

Outgoing commissioner Larry Scott left Pac-12 fans with one final gift before he rides off with his moneybags into the sunset, declaring that the conference approves of the 12-team playoff model but wants to see all Power Five champions get an automatic bid. Dave and Ryan discuss how this makes the Pac-12 look weaker, showing no confidence that the conference champion would finish ahead of four of the Group of Five champions (two G5 champs would have to be ranked ahead of the Pac-12’s champ for them to be left out of the playoff).

The guys also talk about Arizona State’s COVID-19 recruiting scandal mess and how new reports have surfaced that could implicate more people higher up the food chain, two more Pac-12 teams announce full capacity crowds this fall, the NCAA getting dunked on by the Supreme Court plus NIL goes live in one week.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Podcast of Champions – ASU in potential hot water with NCAA for recruiting violations during dead period

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods discuss the breaking and disturbing news surrounding Herm Edwards and the Arizona State football program, alleging that the Sun Devils hosted recruits on campus during the NCAA extended recruiting dead period. According to reports, ASU had dozens of recruits from all over the country on campus from October through February, including a huge weekend of visitors for the Sun Devils spring game.

There is reportedly a dossier of evidence that was sent to the NCAA laying out all of ASU’s transgressions, breaking protocol during a global pandemic. During this period the Sun Devils miss three games in a row due to COVID-19 protocol, the only Pac-12 program to miss that many games in a row.

The guys also talk about what looks like the inevitable expansion of the College Football Playoff to 12 teams, something David calls “stupid.” They discuss how this could actually be a positive for the Pac-12, with the potential to host a CFP game on the West Coast plus more money for teams in the conference with more teams in the playoff.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Podcast of Champions – Breaking down Larry Scott’s exit interview plus Pac-12 quarterback news

This week Podcast of Champions host Ryan Abraham goes solo with David Woods out on injured reserve, talking about the infuriating but not surprising exit interview for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. Associated Press reporter Ralph Russo talks to Scott for 25 minutes and Larry didn’t disappoint, blaming everyone but himself for the conference failures and taking no responsibility for the lack of revenue and distribution by his baby, the Pac-12 Networks.

Ryan also talks about some Pac-12 quarterback news with Colorado starting QB Sam Noyer entering the NCAA Transfer Portal and Washington State starting quarterback Jayden de Laura having his suspension lifted after missing the spring because of a DUI. He also touches on new commissioner George Kliavkoff’s Twitter account, Stanford head coach David Shaw being upset with Fox and Arizona announcing the stadium will be at 100% of capacity this fall.

And as always he’ll spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Pac-12 programs wrap up spring football and early season TV times are set

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods put a bow on spring football 2021 with Stanford hosting its spring game over the weekend and UCLA finishing up with a rare Thursday morning spring game, both shown live on the Pac-12 Network.

The guys also talk about the early season television times being set for the conference including a week zero game with UCLA, the first ever Pac-12 after dark matchup on Fox, Stanford in the Kickoff Classic during week one plus Oregon’s match-up with Ohio State and Washington’s showdown with Michigan in week two. They also get into some transfer portal news and Stanford reversing its decision to cut 11 sports program from the athletic department.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 hires George Kliavkoff from MGM Resorts International as new commissioner of the conference

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods give their thoughts on the long awaited announcement of the new Pac-12 commissioner, George Kliavkoff, the president of entertainment and sports for MGM Resorts International, will take over for Larry Scott starting on July 1. Kliavkoff won the opening press conference broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks, discussing many of the major problems the conference is facing including putting a priority on college football, expanding the college football playoff and fixing the Pac-12 Networks.

The guys also talk about the conferences latest announcement that will eliminate the intraconference transfer rule, removing the requirement that all undergraduate transfers within the Conference serve one academic year in residence at their new institution before being permitted to compete (meaning you can transfer within the conference and not have to sit out a year.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Podcast of Champions – Recapping the 2021 NFL Draft for the Pac-12 football programs

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods give their thoughts on how the Pac-12 fared in the 2021 NFL Draft, with just three first round selections and 28 over all draft picks. Alabama alone had 6 first rounders and the SEC as a conference more than doubled the Pac-12’s output, but there were other factors at play including a delayed and shortened season due to COVID-19 leading to fewer draft eligible Pac-12 players this year than last.

The guys also talk about four more Pac-12 teams having their spring games including Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Oregon State. The Buffs may have a different quarterback in 2021, the Ducks should get a star defensive player back, the Huskies have some returning veterans that could have been high NFL Draft picks while the Beavers limped into the spring game with a lot of injuries.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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Podcast of Champions — Update on the Commissioner Search, Spring Games

This week Ryan Abraham is trapped in a well again, so David Woods has spring football updates from several schools around the Pac-12 including the spring games for Arizona and Washington State, as well as an update on the Pac-12 commissioner search.

And as always they spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails!

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