The Pac-12 will become the first major conference to restrict football contact due to concussion concerns.
Commissioner Larry Scott said in a Monday morning conference call that a new league policy will limit hits in practice to less than what the NCAA mandates. More details will be announced at Pac-12 Media Day on July 26.
The conference is also instituting a number of new health and safety initiatives, including a Head Trauma Task Force to study affects on athletes.
– Scott said there will be no further action regarding the officiating controversy surrounding Arizona head coach Sean Miller. After Miller was ejected during the Pac-12 tournament, head official Ed Rush resigned following reports that he offered a bounty for targeting the coach. Scott stood by the independent review commissioned by the conference, one that found that the bounty statements — either $5,000 or an all-expenses-paid trip — were offered in jest.
– Pac-12 Networks negotiations with DirecTV remain in a holding pattern. Scott said accused the satellite provider of not wanting to complete a deal on the same terms as other networks, and maintained he was just as disappointed as fans about the process.
“I don’t have any reason to be optimistic about it,” he said.
– The network is also expected to already be profitable in Year 1, but Scott declined to say if or how those profits would be distributed to schools. The broadcast schedule will also increase to 750 live events in 2013-14.