Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 expert John Canzano discussing options to keep the conference afloat

In this edition of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods welcome in special guest John Canzano to talk about last week’s bombshell news that USC and UCLA would be leaving the Pac-12 for a much bigger payday in the Big Ten. Within the first 48 hours of the news breaking Canzano wasn’t very optimistic that the Pac-12 would continue to exist after 2024, but since then he now feels that commissioner George Kliavkoff will be able to pull something together and keep the Conference of Champions afloat, one way or another.

We get into several topics with John, including the viability of this West Coast conference without the Los Angeles market and what sort of options there are out there, starting with a partnership with the ACC. Adding schools to the ACC would be tough with their TV deal lasting until 2036, but there are opportunities to for the Pac-12 and ACC to work together, scheduling games and even having potential post season match-ups between the top teams from each conference squaring off in Las Vegas. This sort of out of the box thinking would give ESPN more programming and the Pac-12 (and ACC) more revenue.

They also talk about what potential expansion for the Pac-12 will look like, what Oregon and Washington’s best options are, if he thinks the mountain and desert schools will leave for the Big 12, what could happen with the Bay Area schools and of course how Washington State and Oregon State are in limbo waiting for all of the dust to fall in order to find out their fate.

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EMERGENCY Podcast of Champions- USC and UCLA are leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten

In a rare EMERGENCY edition of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods, who had wished Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff a happy one year anniversary earlier in the week, now try to make sense of the horrific anniversary present that arrived on his door step courtesy of the Los Angeles schools. We are of course talking about the college football bombshell first reported by Jon Wilner and later confirmed by all parties involved that the University of Southerner California and the University of California, Los Angeles would be leaving the Conference of Champions and joining the Big Ten conference.

The guys talk about what this means for the landscape of college football and compare this event with a major one from 11 months ago when Texas and Oklahoma decided to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. They also go through each Pac-12 program one by one and discuss what this means for them. The unquestionable winners in this transaction are USC and UCLA, but there are some Pac-12 programs that are positioned really well to land in a soft spot, while others are on much tougher footing and may need a miracle to retain Power Five status.

There is also the question about the future of the Podcast of Champions, considering the conference could be in major trouble and the two hosts will be covering teams that are no longer in the Pac-12. We don’t have any answers for you yet, but we still have a couple of years (both teams leaving in 2024) to come up with a solution.

As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.

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Podcast of Champions – Happy one year anniversary to Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff!

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods wish Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff a very happy one year anniversary. If you recall Kliavkoff officially took over for the embattled Larry Scott on July 1, 2021, right at the time that college football went from a silly sport to certifiably insane one. Corresponding with his start date, the NCAA permitted all student athletes to profit off of their Name, Image and Likeness but provided very little in the form of rules and guidelines. The sport was also rocked when Texas and Oklahoma decided to leave the Big 12 and enter the SEC plus a new 12-team college football playoff format was announced and then quickly shot down and fought over for several months before ultimately being shelved.

They also take a look at what Kliavkoff had to say in one of his many “year in review interviews,” this time with friend of the podcast Jon Wilner where he talked about changing the entire collegiate model, how the conference had a bit of a COVID hangover that isn’t finished yet and the better communication between the conference office and the individual campuses.

The guys also discuss the change at the top of the Pac-12 power structure, the Big 12 reportedly finding their next commissioner, the ACC releasing a new division-less football schedule for 2023 and Pac-12 teams involved in some of the most anticipated games of the 2022 college football season.

As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.

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Podcast of Champions – Betting lines for the top Pac-12 games in 2022 plus Kyle Whittingham gets a raise

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods take a look at some of the early betting lines for some of the most intriguing matchups for Pac-12 programs and see how they have changed from when they first came out to now following all of the roster adjustments thanks to the NCAA Transfer Portal. We also discuss Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham getting another contract extension and raise thanks to the Utes Rose Bowl appearance, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the conference.

They also take a look what Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff had to say about NIL and his thoughts on what needs to be changed going forward plus his idea to separate major college football from the rest of the NCAA sports programs.

The guys also recognized the 50th anniversary of Title IX and discuss the plans the Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC have to celebrate it over the next year, they name most impactful transfer for each Pac-12 program plus the conference finally gets an official grocery chain partner (not a joke, its Sprouts).

As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.

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Podcast of Champions – Analyzing how the Pac-12 programs have navigated the NCAA Transfer Portal in 2022

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods take a look at how each of the Pac-12 football rosters have changed over the past six months with players leaving and joining programs through the NCAA Transfer Portal. Our friend Chris Karpman from SunDevilSource compiled this massive list that shows all of the additions and subtractions for each of the Pac-12 squads. Five of the 12 programs in the conference ended up with top-25 transfer classes, trailing only the SEC for most teams in the top-25 with six.

They also take a look at the upcoming Pac-12 media rights deal and discuss how the upcoming Big 10 deal could have a major impact on which options commissioner George Kliavkoff could have access to in order to finally boost conference revenues.

With Name, Image and Likeness dominating the college football headlines, Ryan and Dave give their thoughts on how NIL is changing the sport and what changes, if any, they would like to see plus USC chief of staff Brandon Sosna, the architect of the Lincoln Riley hire, is leaving for a front office position with the Detroit Lions.

As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.

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Podcast of Champions – Early season Pac-12 football TV times released

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods discuss the newly released early season Pac-12 television schedule that includes several high profile matchups against traditional powers from other Power Five conferences. It could be an incredible showcase for the Conference of Champions if the teams from the West Coast are able to notch a few notable victories or it could be a mitigated disaster for commissioner George Kliavkoff and the Pac-12.

They also take a look at the Pac-12 bowl schedule for the 2022 season that includes the rare January 2 Rose Bowl. The five bowls line up well for the Pac-12, getting to face a local Group of Five opponent from the Mountain West in the Los Angeles Bowl followed by four bowl games facing opponents from the other four Power Five conferences (Las Vegas vs. SEC, Alamo vs. Big 12, Sun vs. ACC & Rose vs. Big 10).

Which Pac-12 teams will step up and make it to those bowl games (or even a college football playoff appearance)? Jon Wilner recently broke down the Pac-12 football schedule strength so Ryan and Dave chime in and give their thoughts on all of the programs from the easiest schedule (UCLA) to the toughest schedule (Colorado).

As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.

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Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 revenue drops to last place in the Power Five plus future conference schedule ideas


This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods discuss a report by Jon Wilner that shows how the conference revenue fell significantly in 2021 thanks to the shortened COVID-19 football schedule in 2020 that saw most teams only play a handful of games. Wilner points out that the shortfall over the next four years will be significant, dropping the Pac-12 below the ACC into last place and leaving EACH Pac-12 program earning more than $100 million less than schools from the SEC and Big 10 over that span.

They also take another look at the conference’s decision to remove division winners from the Pac-12 Championship game and they debate what scheduling changes can be made for the future including a pods system that would group the Pacific Northwest, California and Mountain/Desert schools together and a “flex” schedule that could leave a couple of weeks open at the end of the season for games arranged on the fly. Dave even throws out a World Cup model where the conference holds group play for three weeks and then have programs advance from there into a mini tournament.

247Sports came out with new NCAA Transfer Portal rankings and Ryan and Dave see where the Pac-12 teams are ranked and which top-100 players the conference picked up.

As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.

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Podcast of Champions – George Kliavkoff chops divisions for title game plus Jimbo Fisher goes nuclear

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are both on the podcast, just not at the same time. The show starts off with Ryan diving into all of the news and notes around the conference and college football starting with the emerging SEC head coaching feud between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. Saban accused Fisher of buying all of the players in the Aggies’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class and Fisher responded by calling Saban a narcissist that was lashing out because he’s the college football czar that didn’t get his way. Absolutely wonderful college football content in the middle of May.

The big conference news came from commissioner George Kliavkoff on Wednesday when he announced that the Pac-12 Championship Game would no longer feature the top program from the North facing the top program from the South, instead opting for the two teams with the best conference winning percentage regardless of what division they reside in. This new rule would have altered the championship game participants in 5 of the last 11 seasons.

Ryan also addresses the breaking news that Biletnikoff Award winning wide receiver Jordan Addison pulled the trigger and picked the Trojans for his final season in college football.

Dave finishes off the show answering all of the listener questions from the past two weeks plus he talks about the report that stated Chip Kelly’s offensive play cards while at Oregon were meaningless, used only for a distraction for the opponent.

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Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 spring games wrap up with Cal and Washington

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods give a detailed recap of the final two Pac-12 spring games in the conference, California and Washington. Cal is looking at Purdue transfer Jack Plummer to potentially replace POC favorite Chase Garbers while Washington has a three-way QB battle going on to ring in the new Kalen DeBoer era. The guys also breakdown how the conference did in the NFL Draft (not well) with the fewest picks since the conference expanded to 12 teams. UCLA led the way with six players selected and even though Oregon sent the most players to the NFL Combine, the Ducks had just one player selected (though he did go No. 5 overall).

Unfortunately there is more turmoil to talk about at Arizona State with freshman All-American linebacker Eric Gentry leaving for division rival USC and potential All-American defensive tackle Jermayne Lole also hitting the NCAA Transfer Portal. ASU AD Ray Anderson also had some hypocritical things to say about cracking down on cheaters in the conference at the Pac-12 spring meetings according to a report by friend of the pod Bruce Feldman.

There is also discussion about Biletnikoff Awarding winning wide receiver Jordan Addison entering the transfer portal and USC’s involvement in trying to get him to relocate to Los Angeles.

As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.

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Podcast of Champions – Huge spring game weekend in the Pac-12

This week Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods give a detailed recap of the bevy of Pac-12 spring games held over the weekend. Half of the conference had various versions of their spring games/practices televised on Saturday with UCLA, Utah, Colorado, Oregon and Washington State on the Pac-12 Networks and USC on ESPN. It was a magical weekend for Ryan, getting to watch so much spring football in one day, and a dreadful day for Dave who had to cover UCLA’s spring practice in person.

The guys dive into the NCAA Transfer Portal, talking about Jon Wilner’s piece on the portal winners and losers in the Pac-12. They also preview the NFL Draft and talk about the four Pac-12 players that are projected to go in Thursday’s first round. 247Sports put out their post-spring top-25 poll and three Pac-12 teams made the cut plus beleaguered NCAA president Mark Emmert has announced he will step down next year (if not sooner).

As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.

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