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May 5, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Ted Miller

Ted Miller
  (2:58 PM)

Greetings. Fire away.

goyo. keizer, or [via mobile]

After yesterday's deal, does that show everyone else which conference is on top? (We knew already though, pac10 or pac12)

Ted Miller
  (2:59 PM)

Well, it was a well-timed deal from a financial sense. Now the Pac-12 needs to knock that other conference from a run of national titles.

B-Coak (NYC, NY)

Hey Ted....is the NCAA just hoping people will forget about USC's appeal to its infractions committee? They said a decision would come in 4-6 weeks, but its been over 12 weeks by my count!!!

Ted Miller
  (3:00 PM)

Isn't it going on 15? I lost count too. Wait what are we talking about? USC was sanctioned by the NCAA? Don't recall. Nothing to see here... just look away. Hey, is that Cam Newton and Jim Tressel?

kingsfan (Staples Center)

Do you think the new TV revenues will mean coaching upgrades for some of the more cash strapped schools? Will the added money make hot seats a little hotter?

Ted Miller
  (3:01 PM)

If I'm a present head coach who gets more cash I'd use it to pay my staff more or hire a better staff. The Pac-12 needs to upgrade what assistant coaches are getting compared to other AQ conferences. Then, with good staffs, the head coach will cash in.

sweatervested1 (gulf shores, al)

How long before Fox and ESPN learn they have made a grave mistake? 1 or 2 years? "SEC on CBS" will always be the "Gold Standard." Quote of the day. "If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself."

Ted Miller
  (3:02 PM)

Funny that sweatervested wasn't consulted.

Rowdy Ronnie (Eugene)

Let's just get down to bras tax and ask the question Oregon fans want to ask. Can the Ducks go undefeated again in 2011? If not, who beats them? And don't say USC, they can't win at Autzen.

Ted Miller
  (3:03 PM)

yes... oregon can go undefeated. So could Stanford. Oregon's most likely stumbles? LSU or at Stanford.

SuperD (Denver)

The NCAA is so upset with USC and Ohio State that the brought down the hammer...on Boise State.

Ted Miller
  (3:04 PM)

See.. that's not fair to the NCAA... it was also mad at Cam Newton's dad.

Joe (Jacksonville)

What league member emerged as the biggest winner from the new television contract? Who will benefit the least?

Ted Miller
  (3:06 PM)

It's good for all but Utah and Washington State are the big winners. Utah for its conference upgrade and WSU for the $ and longterm commitment to revenue sharing. Other big winners: men's hoops, Olympic sports.

Winston (Guatemala)

One of your contemporaries in San Jose keeps harping on the minimal benefit of adding Utah and Colorado to the PAC 12. I saw your interview with Larry Scott and his answer (which satisfied me), so why can't this guy get on board?

Ted Miller
  (3:08 PM)

Wilner has done outstanding work on both expansion and the TV deal. His blog is a must read. I think he's asked a valid question: Is the deal better -- per team -- at 12 teams than it would have been with 10 teams. I don't think he's answered negatively, just posed the question. He and I chatted about it while waiting for a Stanford practice to end. He makes good points and knows his stuff. I am of the mind that expansion is a long-term positive in terms of revenue.

George (Tempe)

I stumbled upon an article yesterday dated just after ASU's win over Nebraska in 1996; the article went on to explain the mediocre season before and how ASU had gotten only blown out in 1 game in '95 and the others were close losses. Is it wrong for any of us Sun Devil fans to expect a stellar season out of the Devils?

Ted Miller
  (3:09 PM)

If I were an ASU fan, I'd buy a season ticket. Should be a fun season.

Jason (Cleveland)

The NCAA said it gave out it's most severe punishment to USC. IMO what Tressel did is absolutely unprecedented in our time, as he is a part of the OSU administration. What do you think OSU will get?

Ted Miller
  (3:11 PM)

My understanding is the NCAA's primary focus is on the individual -- Tressel -- not the institution because of how tOSU handled the matter. It will be interesting to see how the NCAA handles distributing culpability.

Tam (Salt Lake)

How big is that opening PAC 12 weekend game.....Utah playing at USC? I know Ute fans are pumped and are planning to make a big presence at that game.

Ted Miller
  (3:13 PM)

Nice way to say hello the conference. USC is not what it was from 2002-2008, but the Coliseum is still a great venue. It also will serve as a measuring stick for the Utes. A win would make a significant statement.

Matt (Yuma)

Nastiest LB corps in the Pac-12 next year? Does it go to ASU cause of their 3 kids from Corona and the depth or is it USC, Stanford or another Pac school?

Ted Miller
  (3:14 PM)

ASU is very good... Stanford too with Thomas and Skov. Arizona was solid too before Fischer went down with a knee... give nod to Sun Devils.

L. Perry (S. Oregon)

Wemt to the chat listings logged in, sent a few questions and nadda! Whats up with that? Go to the blog and viola in through the blog page.So did really have to get em started with the WSJ piece??

Ted Miller
  (3:15 PM)

yes.... While reading that I grinned at how it would go over.

Justin (Reno)

What's going to happen with the TV exposure in 2011. The new TV deal doesn't start until the 2012 season, and the current Pac-10 TV contract just expired.

Ted Miller
  (3:15 PM)

no games on TV this year. sorry.

Ted Miller
  (3:16 PM)

No.. kidding. The current contract runs through this year. Business as usual.

Eric (Seattle)

If you could have 1 RB of your choice in the Pac 12, who would it be? James, Polk, other?

Ted Miller
  (3:17 PM)

If I'm running a spread, I'd pick James. If I'm running an I-backfield, I'd go with Polk. I am very curious who will be drafted first, assuming both leave after next year.

Johny (Seattle)

Ted do you see the break out season for the Cougs this year since their schedule is fairly easy??

Ted Miller
  (3:20 PM)

It seems to me a 3-0 start is critical, but don't underestimate that visit to San Diego State, which is going to be good (actually chatting with Jim Sterk about the Aztecs Wed.). If the Cougs start 3-0, I think they can find 3 Pac-12 wins and earn bowl eligibility. That would be a breakout. My feeling is this team has a chance, and I didn't feel that the previous three seasons.

James (Eugene)

If you could have one QB from the Pac 12 not named Luck, who would it be for a season? One drive?

Ted Miller
  (3:21 PM)

Elway.

Ted Miller
  (3:23 PM)

Oh... this year. Who's supporting cast do I get? For one drive? Foles. For the season, Thomas.

Mark (SF)

Will Cal sneak up on teams this year? Most fanbases (even Colorado and Fresno St.) are chalking up the bears for a W. Mistake?

Ted Miller
  (3:25 PM)

I have no feel for Cal, in large part due to closed spring practices. Questions at QB, O-line and RB. Nice young talent on D, but we really haven't seen what it can do when the lights are on. I don't think Colorado has any room to chalk Cal up as a win; they did sorta play last year. And Cal will beat Fresno. At this point though, I've got Cal toward the bottom of the North until we get an idea what it's got at QB.

Mike (LA)

Assuming Barkley and Luck declare for the draft after this season, do you think the Pac 12 could have 3 QB's drafted in the 1st round?

Ted Miller
  (3:26 PM)

Yes.... Luck, Barkley and Foles are potential first-round picks.

Ryan (San Luis Obispo)

What do you make of Shirley and the Richardsons being immediately released from their letter of intent and free to go to other schools after being accused of felony theft (though i believe not convicted)? I feel like ucla got burned on that one for doing the right thing...

Ted Miller
  (3:28 PM)

I think Rick Neuheisel tried to do the right thing for his program by suspending all three, and now all three appear headed for breakthrough seasons at Colorado, UW and Arizona. Just the way it goes in big-time football.

Colt (Salt Lake)

What are the biggest "trap games" you see coming this year for the contenders?

Ted Miller
  (3:31 PM)

Oregon visits Washington before its marquee game at Stanford. Arizona State goes to Utah before visiting Oregon. Stanford at Oregon State before playing host to Oregon.

Matt (Chicago)

Point blank: Are USC fans justified in being furious at the NCAA?

Ted Miller
  (3:31 PM)

yes.

Matt (Boulder)

Many local writers have been impressed with Embree and his staff thus far. Seems like nationaly Bohn's gettgin laughed at for his hire. How does he look to you after the spring?

Ted Miller
  (3:33 PM)

Who's laughing? My first impression was strong: Embree is a no-nonsense guy who's hands on and demanding and loves Colorado. Of course, recruiting will be the key: The Buffs need a speed upgrade at the skill positions.

Mike (Corvallis)

Scenario: Pac-12 championship game, home team is undefeated while their opponent is a one loss team with the only loss being at the hands of the home team. Is it plausible to think that the visitor in this scenario can jump into the national championship game with a win in the conference championship or does it depend how early in the season that loss occurred?

Ted Miller
  (3:37 PM)

Sure... of course it's all about the polls and BCS computers and it depends on what everyone else is doing. If two teams from other AQ conferences are undefeated, it's unlikely a one-loss Pac-12 team jumps them -- though not impossible. For example, if Arizona State's or Oregon's only loss is to one or the other, and both have wins over top-10 teams (ASU over Missouri; Oregon over LSU AND Stanford), then they might be in position to be the No. 1 one-loss team.

Duckking (Niketown, OR)

Did Coach Kelly change the game of football forever?

Ted Miller
  (3:37 PM)

he invented it.

Ted Miller
  (3:38 PM)

And the wheel. And fire.

Ted Miller
  (3:38 PM)

He's actually the model for the "Most Interesting Man in the World."

Severin (Charlotteville)

People talk about one loss SEC teams deserving to be in the Natty because they play in a hard conference with a championship game. Will the Pac-12 get the same credit now that it will have a championship game? Or does a 1 loss SEC/Big-12/Big-10 team still jump a 1 loss Pac-12 team?

Ted Miller
  (3:40 PM)

It's a year-to-year deal, and impressive nonconference wins can make a difference. If Oregon beats LSU, loses to Arizona State, beats Stanford and then beats the Sun Devils in the conference championship game, my guess is that resume would easily match anything in the SEC, unless a team is undefeated.

robert (puyallup, WA)

what do you think washington's chances are on the road against nebraska

Ted Miller
  (3:41 PM)

Good? No. Based on the bowl game, I'd say the Huskies won't be massive underdogs. But the 'Huskers figure to be highly motivated ... not a game at this point that I'd pick Washington to win.

Jacob (Phoenix)

What happens if a team from one division goes undefeated and another has a 2 loss team and the 2 loss team wins? Does the 2 loss team go to the rose bowl?

Ted Miller
  (3:42 PM)

Yep... but the loser could still get picked for another BCS bowl game as an at-large selection.

catch the ball! (wr camp, ca)

Most interesting matchup of next season Criner vs. Blackmon...dont you agree?

Ted Miller
  (3:42 PM)

two very good receivers... and the team's obviously have a bit of recent history.

Sean (Tempe)

Do you think Arizona State has a legitimate chance contending for the pac 12 south next season? if not who do you think will?

Ted Miller
  (3:43 PM)

yes...USC would be my No.2 pick, with Arizona and Utah just behind.

Engineer Mike (Switzerland)

Actually, Kelly seems like a guy who eats, sleeps, and BREATHES football. It's gotta be hard not to be successful when you're that focused yourself. (...and I think it's a boost to the drive of the rest of the staff as well.)

Ted Miller
  (3:44 PM)

True... called Chip last July at around 2 pm and he was watching New Mexico film.

Keagen (UO)

Based on what you've seen so far, would you say that Oregon will be more improved on offense or defense in 2011?

Ted Miller
  (3:45 PM)

Hard to imagine the offense will be better, with three new O-line starters, but I've typed that before and been wrong (as Kelly enjoyed reminding me). I'd say the defense.

Seth (Ellensburg)

Ted what do you think the cougars need to most improve in order to get to (a dream season) of .500, and can they do it?

Ted Miller
  (3:47 PM)

1. Stay healthy; 2. Protect Tuel; 3. at least slow the opposing running game. Yes, I think the Cougs have a shot at .500, though that's probably not my project at this point. As I said before, the 3-0 start is key.

Lefty (Fort Collins)

I expect the novelty of the Pac-12 will have Colorado fans traveling to the west coast in fair numbers for games. Do you think the the west coast fans will make the trip to Boulder?

Ted Miller
  (3:48 PM)

Boulder is a great town... great restaurants/bars. And you could make it a long weekend and go skiing. Say for Salt Lake, by the way. Both are nice additions to the road trip schedule.

Ian (Knoxville, TN)

I wonder why Ted won't answer my questions. I just love him so much.

Ted Miller
  (3:49 PM)

I'm playing hard to get.

Myk (Seattle, WA)

Are USC fans justified to be furious with the NCAA because they didn't do anything wrong and are being punished unfairly or because the NCAA is punishing them too much for a crime that was committed? Think that is an important distinction...

Ted Miller
  (3:50 PM)

USC did do something wrong. They did violate NCAA rules. They did deserve to lose scholarships and a post-season. But, yes, the penalties were way too harsh based on precedent. No fair-minded person believes otherwise.

Frank (LA)

How many wins do you see for UCLA? Will they be improved, or are they just a dumpster fire?

Ted Miller
  (3:51 PM)

the big question is QB... with adequate QB play, the Bruins are a bowl team.

Larry (Eugene)

So...I'm dying to know. Which is stronger, North or South?

Ted Miller
  (3:52 PM)

North... at least this season. Count on that being cyclical.

Myk (Seattle, WA)

Ted, you said that a few non-conference wins is enough to sway attention from the SEC. How come the SEC doesn't need those big non-conference wins to get that reputation??

Ted Miller
  (3:54 PM)

Why do you think? The SEC has posted impressive nonconference wins on the last day of five consecutive seasons. I know folks out here on the West Coast hate hearing that, but it's just a fact. Sure, you can debate the system that go them to the title game -- perhaps even unfairly favors the SEC -- but they keep winning the darn thing. And five different teams have done it.

jon (chicago)

utah gets 8 or 9 wins in your estimation???

Ted Miller
  (3:54 PM)

I'm thinking more like 7.

Aaron (Ring of Fire)

The SEC seems to be a popular topic here in the PAC 10/12 blog. So how about this-- objectively, if the Ducks were in the SEC last year, where would they have ended up?

Ted Miller
  (3:56 PM)

If Oregon had played Auburn in the regular season, I'd pick the Ducks. So, even though the answer should be second, if we went back in a time machine, dropped Oregon into the SEC -- East or West -- and played the season, my money would be on the DUcks.

Matt (pdx)

How distracting is that big tv in Cowboy stadium to fans/players?

Ted Miller
  (3:57 PM)

Hugely... I watched it more during TCU-Oregon State than the game... I'm not too often impressed with a stadium, but that's an impressive venue.

Alex (Denver)

Is the Pac 12 going to take over the world ?

Ted Miller
  (3:58 PM)

Shhhh... Don't make Larry angry.

Engineer Mike (Switzerland)

What bizarre wackiness will Les Miles bring at the end of the Oregon game? My money's on: Game-winning field goal missed by kicker with no shoes.

Ted Miller
  (3:59 PM)

That's just another reason to be eager to anticipate one of the best season-openers in a long time.

Josh (Medina, WA)

What are you impressions on the new Huskies QB Price?... and do you think he can carry the Huskies to another bowl victory?

Ted Miller
  (4:00 PM)

I got a positive impression of the way he handled himself last year at Oregon. He seems to have asserted himself this spring. The key is NOT having him carry the team. I certainly think teh Huskies go to another bowl game. I think an improved defense and running game are what will carry them.

Larry Scott (Walnut Creek, CA)

Am I the most powerful man in the world?

Ted Miller
  (4:01 PM)

You ... and Chip Kelly.

Ted Miller
  (4:01 PM)

OK folks... got to run on. Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.