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USC could go independent? AD thinks "why not"

Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 2:24 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

In more fascinating indie talk, there are some albums I've been meaning to pick up this from the last six months.  In less fascinating indie talk, USC athletic director Pat Haden is causing a stir by not ruling out a break from the Pac-10.

Haden has been making headlines since taking over for Mike Garrett about a month ago, whether it's about giving back Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy or keeping a short leash on new head coach Lane Kiffin, it is clear the new AD is not afraid to speak his mind.  So when asked about the possibilities of USC following BYU's lead and going independent in football, Haden did not hold back.

“I think you always have to look at every opportunity,” Haden, who’s starting his second month on the job, said from the football team’s hotel in Hawaii.
“We’re a happy member of the Pac-10. I don’t have any ulterior motives or plans to advance the ball on this. I think the Pac-10 with a new commissioner and new opportunities has some growth built in already.  
“But would we every consider it? I think you have to. As an athletic director in today’s environment, you have to consider every alternative.”

There goes Haden, pulling the old press question oreo (agree-deny-agree) and leaving everyone with little to no conclusion as to whether or not this is an actual possibility.  

The one piece of BYU's break from conference monogamy that will get the attention of other major football programs is the eight year television deal they signed with ESPN.  USC has a much larger audience on the national level and would be able to negotiate a more lucrative deal should they decide to make the move for independence.  

But for now USC needs to focus on the task at hand and that is getting back into good graces with the NCAA and continuing to build despite their current sanctions.  That campaign will begin late this evening, with their season opener at Hawaii.

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Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:37 pm

Independent Championship

Why not. lets say USC goes as does penn St, Texas, Boston College, Notre Dame, BYU. They could all have their own TV contracts and play in the greatest conference of all., the were not in a conference conferemnce. Then have their own Championship Game and thumb their nose at the BCS.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:08 am

USC could go independent? AD thinks "why not"

Sorry, but very few major schools if any will follow the lead of USC should they drop out of the conference. It makes no plausible sense and would cost the schools major revenue. To be frank, this is nothing more than a ploy by the AD as USC is too big and always too much of a threat to be playing for the title to leave right now. While some out of conferences do play in the BCS bowl system, it is a much harder road to get there without the recognition of a conference. All this talk is just USC trying to deal with their current issues and keeping all options available.

Regardless of how it turns out, USC jumping ship will not start a mass exodus. At best it may cause a small trickle.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:43 pm

USC could go independent? AD thinks "why not"

...if Southern Cal were to leave the warm blanket of a BCS conference and go it alone it could be the start of the demise of the BCS.Or it could do the opposite. There's currently a lot of pressure on the BCS from the appearance that schools outside of the 6 automatic-qualifier conferences don't have a shot at the national title. If Southern Cal went independent, the BCS could put them in the title game to prove that outsiders can get their opportunities in the current system.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2010 4:56 pm

USC could go independent? AD thinks "why not"

Only two schools have been able to pull off being "independent". Notre Dame and Penn State. Joe wanted to be in an East Coast/Mid-Atlantic conference. We eneded up in the Upper Midwest Football Conference.  there are over 1/2 million living Penn State alumni all over the place. If USC did go Independent, there are two others that would look that way too. Texas and Penn State. Of course adding Nebraska has helped the situation with the Mid-Atlantic school. But we did it once, we could do it again. IF that's the way the wind shifts. Highly unlikely but possible. As Delaney himself said, "We should have spent more time in Happy Valley making the transition and integration of Penn State into the conference better. We don't want to make the same mistakes with Nebraska." Penn State was treated with total disdain. Even YET! Next years game with Ohio State is scheduled to be played AGAIN in Columbus?!?!!!!!!! WTF happened to Home-Home?!?!?!?! Or not even putting the cross-division rivalry of Nebraska-Penn State as the last game of the season to match with "another"OSU vs. UM?????? There are two great riavlry game matchups that could be eclipsing every other "rivalry week" game and the Big Ten dissed it?!!! Nice way to not make another "mistake" Delaney.  

Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:56 pm

USC could go independent? AD thinks "why not"

Would other big name schools follow USC or would they leave them out there to flop?  It would all depend on where the money is and where they can get the most from.

Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 2:25 pm

USC could go independent? AD thinks "why not"

Wouldn't it be interesting if the college football world was turned upside down not by super conferences, but by all of the big names going independent?  Hypothetically, if Southern Cal were to leave the warm blanket of a BCS conference and go it alone it could be the start of the demise of the BCS.  More big name schools would jump ship.  This is a more fascinating exercise than super conferences. 

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