In this episode of the Podcast of Champions host Ryan Abraham is back from another long vacation and then got sick so the show with David Woods was postponed. Now Ryan is in studio and David joins remotely, talking about the reported Grant of Right agreement between the remaining Pac-12 programs (as long as a suitable media rights deal comes to fruition). They also talk about the release of the television schedule for the first three weeks of the Pac-12 football season with some interesting match-ups on at some interesting times (and on interesting channels), including Colorado on national television for all three weeks, twice on Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff, Washington at Michigan State on Peacock and Florida coming to Salt Lake City on an ESPN Thursday night broadcast.
The guys also talk about the Pac-12’s longtime partner, the Holiday Bowl, suing UCLA and the conference for the Bruins cancelling the game hours before kickoff back in the 2021 season.
Of course, how can we have a show without more conference realignment talk? The guys discuss the latest rumors surrounding Colorado’s flirtation with the Big 12 and Arizona State University securing AAU status, making them a more appealing target for other conferences. Jason Scheer also tried to torpedo his own mentions when he Tweeted, “Washington is recognized by both the Big 10 and Pac-12 as having more value than Oregon.”
The SEC announced they would only be playing 8 conference games in 2024, despite the addition of Texas and Oklahoma to the rotation. This makes it possible for those bottom dweller SEC programs to beat four nonconference cupcakes, go 2-6 in conference and still make a bowl game.
They round out the show talking about Ryan’s extended vacation, the Pac-12 paying $10 million to un-renovate their San Francisco offices, the Pac-12 Media Day moving to Las Vegas and the continued silence of commissioner George Kliavkoff on any and all topics including the most important one, the Pac-12’s new media rights deal.
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