Pac-12 Football

Larry Scott Talks Changes in NCAA, Player Safety and More at Pac-12 Media Day

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2013

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, the last BCS-conference leader to give a media day keynote this year, echoed the sentiments of his predecessors on matters of NCAA change and player safety.

Following the lead of his fellow commissioners before him, Scott spoke of unrest between the conferences and the NCAA, calling for and envisioning change in the future:

This comes mere days after comments from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who called for "transformative change" around the country. Some in the audience, like CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd, called Bowlsby's rant "most scathing critique" anyone has given in the Mark Emmert era .

Now that another commissioner has thrown his hat in the ring, the storm that's been brewing looks even more inevitable. Scott said it could come as early as January, at the next NCAA convention:

Scott also spoke of player safety, revealing himself and his conference to be among the most progressive in college football. The commissioner said his plan for keeping players healthy includes less contact in practice and more recovery time:

It should be interesting to watch how Pac-12 teams fare in early-season games; if they struggle, it will call into question Scott's progressive approach.

On other, more conference-specific issues, Scott took a implied jab at the SEC—especially its reluctance to schedule true road games in non-conference play. He didn't mention the Southeastern Conference by name, but perhaps implied it by championing his teams' willingness to travel:

Later, on the matter of his Pac-12 Network on TV, Scott sadly informed fans that no deal is in sight between the conference and DirecTV. He urged people to drop DirecTV and find a different provider:

That's a tough one since DirecTV, traditionally, has offered better sports packages than other providers. But for true Pac-12 diehards, changing for the conference network should be well worth the inconvenience. 

 

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