I was on Pac-12 Networks yesterday evening to talk a bit about UCLA football with Mike Yam.
No. 7 UCLA is currently ranked three spots above Utah in the Associated Press poll, but one Pac-12 Networks analyst thinks the Utes may still currently have the better resume.
Glenn Parker, a former Arizona offensive lineman who went on to start 141 games in the NFL, said that Utah’s 62-20 win at Oregon will stick out when it comes time for the playoff selection committee to start making decisions. That blowout knocked the Ducks out of the top 25 for the first time after 98 straight weeks.
“Utah, they won a big game in Autzen, a place where no one goes and has a big game,” Parker said. “They did it, and they dismantled a good program. The folks that are watching for the playoffs, a lot of those people are back east. They’re Big Ten people. They watched Oregon go into Michigan State and play a very, very good team within one play of winning that game.
“I think it has more cachet nationally right now. Utah just, I think, appears better to the average person out there than UCLA does at this moment.”
Nearly six months after parting ways with St. John’s, former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin has landed back on the West Coast.
The 51-year-old has joined the Pac-12 Networks as as a men’s basketball analyst. Lavin reached four Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight with the Bruins from 1997-2002, but never got the Red Storm past the NCAA Tournament’s round of 64.
Lavin had one year remaining on his six-year contract with St. John’s, but extension negotiations stalled this spring, leading the school to hire former star Chris Mullin. A source told the Arizona Republic that Lavin had strong interest in coaching at Arizona State, but the Sun Devils hired Buffalo’s Bobby Hurley.
The San Francisco native will join an on-air talent team that also includes Kevin O’Neill, Mike Montgomery, Don MacLean and Bill Walton.
“I have an inherent comfort level and familiarity with the Pac-12 Conference, having already spent 12 years coaching basketball at UCLA,” Lavin said in a statement. “That history makes returning to the Pac-12 as a broadcaster an ideal opportunity. I’m eager for the college basketball season to begin and look forward to contributing as an analyst on the Pac-12 Networks’ coverage.”
Pac-12 Networks may not make it onto DirecTV after all this season.
According to the Bay Area News Groups’ Jon Wilner, the conference has walked away from talks with AT&T — which acquired DirecTV in late June — due to the carrier’s high demands.
AT&T wanted an equity stake in the network, which in turn would have forced the Pac-12 to redo its existing deals at a lower price.
Wilner did not rule out negotiations picking up again in the future.
AT&T demand would have forced Pac12 to redo all deals, lower sub price. Here's background: http://t.co/l2fcxjCou7
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) September 12, 2015
— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) August 26, 2015
UCLA has been loath to reveal much about its quarterback competition, but Jim Mora gave his strongest hint yet at his likely choice.
On Pac-12 Networks yesterday, the Bruins’ head coach said mentioned “potential” as one of the factors in deciding between redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel and true freshman Josh Rosen — a statement that seems to point toward the latter choice. Continue reading