Scott’s SCAM: Where EVERYONE LOSES

Jon Joseph Editorials 21 Comments

Sometimes, bad publicity is better than none. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott should hope that’s the case, as the maligned mogul has been picked apart and criticized by media outlets across the country this offseason. The conference is in turmoil, and every damning article that’s published continues to serve as a reminder that the Pac-12 is digging itself further and further …

Upon Further Review: Re-Branding the Pac-12

Jon Joseph Editorials 11 Comments

From the Pac-12’s “Taj Mahal Palace” in San Francisco, large-living Larry “Spendthrift” Scott has reached out to me to seek my advice on how to re-brand the conference. No surprise, as this is completely consistent with Scott’s other cogent business decisions. He just sent a big check to my consulting firm, better known as “JJ’s Crystal Ball Enterprises” (JJCBE). Apparently, he forgot …

It’s Official: The Pac-12 Doesn’t Get It

Darren Perkins Editorials 53 Comments

Let’s continue to take a look at the state of the Pac-12 Conference, as there have been some recent developments over the past couple of weeks.   (Related articles: “Has Larry Scott Sunk Pac-12 Football?” and “Larry Scott and the Pac-12’s Problems.”) Pac-12 Officiating Strikes Again  We all know about the bashing that Pac-12 officiating has received over the years. All of it, well-deserved.   It …

Larry Scott and the Pac-12’s Problems

Darren Perkins Editorials 15 Comments

In defense of Pac-12 Commisioner Larry Scott, he did start his tenure with guns blazing. He successfully re-branded the conference, inked a big, fat television deal, and made a bold attempt at stealing away the top Big 12 schools. He corrected several things that were long overdue for a conference that was falling behind the times under former commissioner Tom …

Has Larry Scott Sunk Pac-12 Football?

Darren Perkins Editorials 37 Comments

Part 1 of 2 With writers at The Oregonian, San Jose Mercury News, and Fishduck’s own Ryan Robertson having all recently sounded alarm bells on the state of the Pac-12, I will attempt to compress all of the madness into a concise and easy to digest two-part read. Part-two will be published on December 21st. Darren Perkins —————————————————————————————– The Pac-12 …

Oregon Hoops: Three Off-Season Questions

Darren Perkins Editorials 19 Comments

The 2018 Oregon Ducks basketball season ended with a big thud last weekend. And while it would have been nice to see the Ducks make a run in the NIT, I get the feeling that Duck fans didn’t lose sleep over losing in the second round. With five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Oregon fans have become accustomed to getting more out of …

Oregon and Pac-12: Is it TIME TO ABANDON SHIP?

Jon Joseph Editorials 29 Comments

If Pac-12 Football were listed on the NYSE, I am certain that investment guru Charles Fischer, among a host of others, would rate this stock not as a sell, but as a sell now! As happened to the Soviet Union union during the Ronald Reagan era, the current college football (“CFB”) arms race has the Pac-12 is being spent into oblivion by conference foes …

Time for Pac-12 Football to Have the Best Bowl Schedule

Darren Perkins Editorials 7 Comments

With new state of the art NFL stadiums coming to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, it’s time for the “Conference of Champions” to be the champions of the college football bowl season. The Pac-12 and its less than stellar bowl tie-ins, long the ire of Pac-12 fans, especially when compared to the SEC and B1G, finally has an opportunity to vastly improve …

The Path to Glory Is Covered in Blue-Blood

Matt Bryant Editorials 11 Comments

There’s been a lot of grousing about preseason rankings and critics. When did Ducks fans develop such a thin skin? Rather than pound the table, I say bring it on. To the national pundits we’re known as the Blur or Track Town, USA. Speed may impress, but it doesn’t always earn long-term respect. We hear it all the time. They …

I Now Pronounce You Big 12 & Pac-12; You May Kiss the Bride

Jon Joseph Editorials 0 Comments

Dear Reader, the following was my response to a suggestion that all teams including Florida International, play in a postseason bowl game and a criticism of the ridiculously bloated post season. Florida International University, Bowls for everyone? All 128 schools play a post season game? An interesting idea, but if there were a players’ union or at least player representation in the decision …

Larry Scott: Either Lead or Get Out of the Way

Jon Joseph Editorials 2 Comments

Mr. Lawrence Scott Commissioner, Pacific 12 Conference 360 3rd Street, 3rd Floor San Francisco, CA 94107 Dear Mr. Commissioner, As a graduate of John Harvard’s University, I am reasonably certain that somewhere along your educational path you studied the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. The law that tells you ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ has to be one of …

Incompetent Pac-12 Officials: How Do You Miss ALL of THIS?

Charles Fischer FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 9 Comments

“Did his head just bob? Was that a face-mask tug on Vernon Adams?” Steve Richardson, a long-time astute Oregon observer and fellow football analyst, stated aloud what I was thinking. We played the run back and yes, it appears that the defender reached up and grabbed the face-mask of Oregon’s new starting quarterback. A minute later we saw the replay up close …