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Larry Scott talks Pac-12 expansion

Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 7:32 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the era of the superconference seems to have been pushed back a bit in recent days, for a while it sounded like the first one to form would have been the Pac-12 after the conference accepted Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. Well, now that we know that won't be happening, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott went on KJR-AM in Seattle on Thursday afternoon to talk about how close his conference came to expanding.

Turns out, it wasn't as close as everybody believed.

"It wasn't nearly as close as the media painted it out to be," said Scott. "If you paid attention to where the media reports where coming from that it was imminent, it was all out of Texas."

Scott went on to say that a deal could never be reached with Texas because the school just wasn't willing to share its revenue from the Longhorn Network, which he fully understood. Scott also went on to say that while Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were interested in joining the Pac-12 with or without Texas, it just wouldn't have worked.

"Oklahoma wanted us to do that [go to 14 teams] so we looked at it, but 14 never really made sense to us. A 16 team conference could have been a blockbuster with Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State."

Scott also said that adding only the Oklahoma schools by themselves wouldn't have been as attractive, as Texas was the market the Pac-12 was really interested in adding to the fray.

As for whether or not his conference will once again be exploring the idea of expanding again in the future, don't count on it.

"We're not trying to send a signal that the door is open. We're thrilled with what we've got, we hope the world stays the way it is with 12-team conferences.

"I don't see any scenario in which we're going to be having this conversation anytime soon again."

It's a pretty interesting interview in its entirety, as Scott goes further into the dealings of the Pac-12 beyond just expansion. If you'd like to listen to the whole thing, you can find it here.

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Larry Scott talks Pac-12 expansion

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Larry Scott talks Pac-12 expansion

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Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:14 pm

Larry Scott talks Pac-12 expansion

Oklahoma has learned that even with all the NC and Big 12 Championships, that is not enough to make a conference want you on your own. Their like Nicole Richie and Texas is Paris Hilton, I'm glad to see the Big 12 staying together and I laugh at all the people who wrote in claiming that Texas was the reason that everyone was leaving, well Texas is the reason the Big 12 is staying together. I am so looking forward to the OU-Texas game, it always a great game regardless who is ranked where, then a week later we play OSU, Texas may not win but we will give them a game that they won't forget. As for as A$M, well their just A$M.

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:15 am

Larry Scott talks Pac-12 expansion

The Oklahoma schools are victims of a lower population in their state. The same thing for WVU. None of the so called Super Conferences want anything to do with any market that does not have a high population. So these schools that recruit from the large media markets will always be on par on the playing field, just not allowed in because of TV revenue.

Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:16 am

Larry Scott talks Pac-12 expansion

Wow! Glad to hear they will stay at 12.Ths guy seems to go back and forth, unless it's the Media that has been putting words in his mouth.
The two Oklahoma schools now look like idiots. Turned down again. Everybody thinks the grass is greener elsewhere.

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