Tuesday, July 24, 2012
On stage ... Larry Scott & Gary Stevenson
By Ted Miller
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Pac-12 media day begins with commissioner Larry Scott and Pac-12 Enterprises president Gary Stevenson.
Some quick-hit notes.
- Scott: Notes Pac-12's nine NCAA championships in 2011-12 -- most in country -- 451 total in history of conference. Also most in nation.
- Scott: 239 former Pac-12 athletes headed to Olympic games.
- Scott: Pac-12 won 89 medals in 2008 Olympics.
- Pac-12 will be part of U.S.-China sports week.
- Scott on four-team playoff: "a very positive step for our sport" ... "I believe we crafted a very artful balance, giving fans what they want... while also preserving regular season and bowl tradition."
- Scott on new TV deals, Pac-12 Networks: "Our programs will receive unprecedented national exposure."
- Scott calls Pac-12 "Strongest and deepest conference in many years."
- Scott welcomes four new coaches: Arizona's Rich Rodriguez, Arizona State's Todd Graham, UCLA's Jim Mora and Washington State's Mike Leach.
- Stevenson: "It is one year since [Scott] announced invention of our networks."
- Stevenson: "We don't think about just a television network, we're creating a content company... Delivering to any screen, when they want it."
- Stevenson: "Pac-12 now will be available at launch."
- Stevenson: Pac-12 Network will televise 35 games, including all teams at least once in first four weeks.
- Stevenson: Will televise six games on opening weekend.
- Stevenson: 30 minute preview shows on each team, and one hour conference-wide show during preseason.
- Stevenson: Replay all 79 2011 games in 60-minute format during preseason.
- Stevenson: Pac-12 rewind, Pac-12 playbook... several studio shows.
- Stevenson: "We are ready to flip the switch at Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. PT"