Larry Scott almost stepped out as Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff

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Hello and happy Father’s Day to all the dads – old and new – out there. I went above and beyond for my old man this year, as I bought a bunch of beer and arranged for it to be delivered to his house. The caveat is he can only watch it until I show up in August and drink until the last of the beers I’ve ordered. What a wonderful son I am. I always believed dads were like children’s names. There are no “good” fathers. There are fathers, and there are bad fathers. It’s like Chris Rock said (I’m paraphrasing) when guys brag about looking after their kids, “YOU ARE TAKEN!” ”

Anyway, speaking of bad fathers, Pac-12’s biological father Larry Scott was there again this week. First, the four-man CFP task force (Bob Bowlsby, Jack Swarbrick, Craig Thompson and Greg Sankey) presented their recommendation for a 12-team CFP to the College Football Playoff Management Committee (11 conference commissioners plus a representative of Notre Dame). At the end of these deliberations, Scott issued a statement on behalf of the conference. You’ll see that later, but first, let’s take a look at Scott’s comments from less than two years ago.

Here’s some of what Scott told the San Jose Mercury News in 2019:

“The first thing I would say,” said Scott, “is that we have to do better in football. We have to have elite teams to break through.

“People are focused on the laser to improve themselves in football because we are not happy with where we are at. And if we’re (focused) I think the rest takes care of itself no matter what system you’re in.

“I don’t care if it’s four teams, six teams, eight teams or 12 teams, if we are not the top flight and we win consistently I don’t think that really fundamentally changes the whole thing because we will be compared to our peers, and we need to do better than our peers.

“We took a few hits by not being there, but if I take a step back as the steward of college football and college football playoffs, I think it has helped increase the popularity and interest (of the Game). It has been positive.

“But what’s more important than the format is that we just need to improve.”

Fast forward to this week, when Larry’s tune changed from “we have to earn it” to “let us in for reasons.”

So two years ago, Champagne Larry focused on the conference programs by raising their level of play, in order to meet the standard. Now that the CFP TRIPLE the number of teams, Larry wants a free pass. Which makes sense, given that Larry has always sought out compensation, whether it’s Vegas hotel suites or interest-free loans.

And of course, Pac-12 resident puppet Jon Wilner agrees with that.

Dan Wetzel (who co-hosts the best podcast on college sports and is actually a credible journalist) naturally has a much smarter point of view than our friend Jon.

Dan hadn’t finished.

Look, Larry, I know you shot for the moon when you took on the role of daddy for the Pac-12. You tried to lure sons of superstars like Texas and Oklahoma into your brood, but instead you had to settle for glue eaters also in the form of Colorado and Utah. You failed, and continued to fail to the top for most of a decade, amassing millions of dollars while presiding over a network dumpster fire and downsizing staff for a pandemic. The least you could have done was quietly go out and avoid bringing more embarrassment to a once proud conference. But no.

Like many other fans of a Pac-12 team, I’m counting the days until biological father Larry is out of sight and the newly adopted stepdad, who runs Vegas and runs a casino, walks in. in the void. 11 days to go. I’m not naive enough to think that Kliavkoff has nothing to do with the Pac-12’s statement asking for a free pass, but hopefully his position will change once he’s seated in the commissioner’s seat. . The last thing this conference needs is more mockery, and that’s what statements like the one above invite.

Then again, maybe that sounds too hard. In all fairness to Larry, let’s list all the other conference commissioners pushing for the same:

College football playoff

College football qualifiers: behind the scenes of 12-team expansion – Sports Illustrated
If Bowlsby’s notes could speak, they would tell you that the task force of three commissioners – Bowlsby, Greg Sankey (SEC) and Craig Thompson (Mountain West) – and athletic director Jack Swarbrick (Notre Dame), has examined nearly 100 model playoffs, one of which even included 24-team support.

Revamped 12-team college football playoff format has a big problem
The first round matches, featuring teams ranked 5-12, will be played on the campus of the highest ranked team. Impressive. After that, it’s the neutral site bowl games – increasing bowl participation from its current three games to seven. If you finish 1-4, you can’t host.

Recruitment

Keep lying to yourself that the stars don’t matter.

Blue-Chip Ratio 2021: The 16 teams that can win a national title
Simply put, to win the National Championship, college football teams must recruit more Four- and Five-Star (AKA “Blue Chips”) rookies than two- and three-star players in the previous four recruiting classes.

This week in parenthood

This week, the nine-year-old was granted solitary family member status on an unvaccinated island, as the 12-year-old received his second dose of the scientific miracle of 2020. Soon after, mom took the boys to the pool for an afternoon swim in (finally) sunny weather. Said pool contained a high plunge, which they put to the test. To anyone’s surprise, all this activity after the second shot took its toll on the older one, as he was down for the count the next day. All is well now, however, and I hope the younger one gets his chance at the Needle soon.

They also told me they would be cleaning the house this week, and the results were predictable, to put it mildly. The 12-year-old is fine with cleaning up, as long as it involves organizing his Lego and nothing else. The nine-year-old also enjoys (watching everyone) cleaning up while he wastes time doing the least he can. Mom reported that he finally made a commitment to clean up his art office, while singing as loud as possible in order to annoy his older brother. Some things never change.

Finally, the boys were locked up on Father’s Day, as they are with anything not involving Disney + or the food.

At least he was being honest.

Non-athletic

Clarion Ledger reporter Lee Sanderlin spent 15 hours in a Waffle House
I’ll do my fair share of moans here. Mainly how cold it was in the Waffle House, how cold waffles feel like they are chewing on wet cement, how my gastrointestinal tract is screaming at me for help.

Inside Amazon’s Job Machine – The New York Times
Amid the pandemic, Amazon’s system burned down workers, resulted in inadvertent layoffs and stalled benefits, and hampered communication, casting a shadow over a business success story for ages.

The terrible banality of Twitter – Noahpinion
Twitter scares millions of people. But what real power does he have?





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