I did not get to this earlier but the Pac-12 will now fine schools for storming the court or the field.
“The presidents and chancellors also approved a recommendation from the Pac-12 Council to add an institutional fine schedule to the Conference court and field storming policy. Starting in the 2016-17 academic year, fines will be applied to institutions as follows: $25,000 for first offense, $50,000 for a second offense, and $100,000 for a third offense.”
What’s the fine for athletic directors storming the field?
The Pac-12 has an initiative that would ban football practices on spring break like Michigan did last past spring. The initiative would not prohibit practicing during Christmas break, of course, when bowl games take place. It seems like another way to react to something Jim Harbaugh is doing.
The Pac-12 announced today it could reduce as many as four night games to earlier kickoffs following many complaints from fans and the colleges. Here’s is the official statement:
“The presidents and chancellors approved a recommendation from the Pac-12 Council to modify the Conference’s TV agreements with ESPN and FOX and reduce the number of Pac-12 Networks Saturday night football games (start time of 7 p.m. or later). Under the modification, a Pac-12 Network game can now start either at 2:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. local and overlap with an ESPN or FOX exclusive TV window. This change is expected to reduce the number of Pac-12 Networks night games by as many as four contests.
“The Pac-12 has some of the most loyal fans in college athletics and we appreciate our television partners working with us on this important issue for fans,” said Rob Mullens, University of Oregon athletic director. “The increased exposure and revenue from our contract with ESPN and FOX has been instrumental to our success, but we continue to work hard to minimize as much as possible the negative impact late start times have on our fans who travel great distances to see our teams in person.”
Former USC cornerback Kevon Seymour is working with the first-team defense in today’s Buffalo Bills voluntary workouts as No. 1 cornerback Stephen Gilmore sits out while he and the team work on a contract extension.
New athletic director Lynn Swann is supposed to be a good businessman. Well, he is good at sitting on boards at least. But when Swann takes over in July, he can deal with UCLA signing what is believed to be the biggest apparel deal in college history with Under Armour ($280 million, 15 years). Because USC is a private school, its deal with Nike is not public. But it’s not considered to be one of the best deals and Michigan reportedly has a better deal with Nike. Phil Knight’s been chummy with USC for years (John McKay was on the Nike board) but this is an area where USC is lagging. Maybe that chummy relationship has hurt USC’s apparel deal.
Looks like we have an all-USC battle over the future home of the Raiders. Former USC players Ronnie Lott and Rodney Peete are leading an investment group that wants to build the Raiders a new stadium in Oakland, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. That puts them at odds with USC Board of Trustee member Ed Roski, who is part of the Las Vegas proposal that currently has the support of Raiders owner Mark Davis.
USC’s football championship odds are 40/1 according to the Westgate sportsbook in Las Vegas. The Trojans were 60/1 in Las Vegas. Guess who is No. 1? Alabama, of course, at 6/1. Stanford and UCLA are 30/1.