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Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 10:06 am
 
The Pac-12's statement last night announcing that it would NOT expand was surprising to many observers, myself included. The statement itself was more telling than you often see when conferences put out their alerts or news releases:

 
". . . While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us."

Included in the statement was the "culture of equality that we are committed to preserve" which was clearly a reference to Texas and its Longhorn Network. The assumption many were making was that at some point if Texas would get to the Pac-12--and Texas' role in all of this stuff was the most intriguing (Pac-12 vs. ACC vs. Independence vs. Trying to keep the Big 12 alive)--is that UT and Larry Scott would be able to finesse the LHN deal into the conference's TV model, but that was part of the deal breaker for all of this.

Of course, this news does not mean the conference realignment chaos is over. If anything, it just shows how much bigger of a mess the Big 12 schools' dynamic actually is now. 

Richard Justice, the long-time Houston Chronicle columnist, tweeted this Wednesday morning: "For one day, sanity ruled college sports. Whether it'll last for a decade or an hour is beside the point. It's a start."
I think "sanity" is Larry Scott. And I think he's only beginning to flex his muscle. Dan Beebe, the "head" of the Big 12, is on the opposite side of the spectrum. *LSU may have lost the best DB in college football in Patrick Peterson, but the Tigers have two DBs, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu who both may lack the big corner's size, but also now are being considered as first-round talents, reports Glenn Guilbeau.
"I think Claiborne is a first round pick now," NFL Draft expert Mike Detillier said. "I do not see him returning for his senior year. Tyrann could also be a first round pick. They don't have the size and speed of Peterson, but they're both great cornerbacks."


Mathieu at 5-foot-9 and 180 and Claiborne at 6-0, 185 are built like most cornerbacks. Peterson was freakish at 6-1, 219, but LSU coach Les Miles sees parts of Peterson in both players. "I think Mo is as fast and athletic as any," Miles said Monday at his press luncheon. "His athleticism, fluidity and ball skills are equal, but Patrick was bigger, stronger and more explosive. I would certainly like to have Mo at either corner and Patrick at any corner as well."

Miles sees Peterson's sixth sense for playmaking in Mathieu. "Tyrann anticipates making the play," he said. "He makes plays that only a guy who thinks he can blitz and not be blocked can make. He just thinks he can chase the ball, get to the ball, catch the ball and strip the ball. He looks at every piece of a play as an opportunity to enhance his opportunity to make another play. He is a guy that sees each opportunity as incredible and tries to throw his body around it. I see it in a number of our guys at times. It happens with some regularity with our guys."
I'll have a lot more about the talent on this LSU defense next week in a bigger story on the site.
 
*Notre Dame freshman DE Aaron Lynch is making a big impact for the Irish, who have been desperate to find a difference-maker up front for a long time, as Tom Davis reports.

After racking up just one tackle in the first two games, Lynch accounted for five total tackles and a sack of Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins. In a game that had a combined 13 quarterback hurries between the two squads, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound youngster had six of those himself.

“If (Lynch) didn't get to the quarterback, he got held,” coach Brian Kelly said.

*Top 2013 QB prospect Shane Morris not only is already committed to Michigan, he's also working very hard recruiting for the Wolverines as well, reports Tim Sullivan.

“Definitely, I'm just trying to get the best players in the country to come to Michigan,” Morris said. “In person, on Facebook or whatever I have to do to get a hold of them.”

That approach paid off for Morris following the night game against Notre Dame. Thanks, in part, to his hard work, Alliance (Ohio) Marlington defensive back Dymonte Thomas committed to U-M. He's the second commitment in Michigan’s class of 2013. “I’ve been recruiting him hard,” Morris said, “He’s a great kid, and we’re really good friends. I didn’t think he was ready to commit yet. We’re all really excited about that. He’s going to be one of the best players in Ohio next year.”

Morris has other recruiting targets in his sights, too. Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian wide receiver Jordan Payton and Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes offensive lineman Zach Banner attended the Notre Dame, and Morris gave his best pitch for Michigan to the senior prospects. “I talked to Jordan Payton and Zach Banner for a long time,” Morris said. “I tried to talk to everyone I could out there and build relationships.”



 


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Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:12 am
 

Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

qazwx4:
charlie42s, you should probably read articles that you try to link to, as it clearly states Utah chose and agreed to that policy in order to get into the Pac 12 sooner.
Bragging about a 'culture of equality' before it begins in 2012 seems quite hypocritical to me. There is no 'culture of equality' currently in the Pac, it begins in 2012.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:12 am
 

Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

charlie42s, you should probably read articles that you try to link to, as it clearly states Utah chose and agreed to that policy in order to get into the Pac 12 sooner.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:20 am
 

Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

Thank God that the Pac has the balls to say no to expansion and tell off little Texas to take their crap back to the small Big 12. Like ESPN have said that there is no conference in college that are strongest from all the other conferences then the Pac and that's for sure.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

From Larry Scott's statement:
". . . While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve.
... and yet Utah does not get any Pac-12 revenue in 2011.  That's a strange 'culture of equality' he's committed to preserving.




Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

@notanidiot

You had better be glad and happy you still have the Big/little/small-12 to be apart of.

With all the problems that have been exposed in the Big-12 it is a matter of time before it is no longer. A conference is suppose to be there for each team, not be dominated and not equally share the revenue with other members. Texas is like a child in the sandbox. No No I don’t want to share, I am gonna take my ball and go home.

The PAC-12 would be happy with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. We could really do without Texas. Other conferences feel the same way. No one want a cancer in their conference. You would have to redeem yourself.

It is gonna be a pleasure in the next few seasons when we see Texas come out of the tunnel at the Los Angeles Coliseum for, a PAC-16, USC home game.

I think this might be a hollow statement if all the legal hurdles were completed, by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and yes even your beloved Texas Long horns. As with the statement from the sec a few weeks ago. "We are not expanding" then when it was clear that Texas A&M had cleared the hurdles there was a meeting where the sec members voted in Texas A&M. Baylor presently have thrown a monkey wrench into the machine for the time being.

When all the legal hurtles have been completed, if trhe same teams would want to join the PAC-12, they would be invited and welcomed  with open arms.
      

I think Texas is smart enough to know when to jump off a sinking ship and the Big-12 is sinking faster than that big ship called the Titanic. If they are not that smart just watch Bevo, he will know when to start running away from a disaster.

I don't think they will be calling you for input into making the decision as to join the PAC-12 or stay on a sinking ship.

There is still inequity in the BIG-12, Texas want to share revenue with the conference network, but not the Long Horn network. Is that not the reason the three other teams have jumped ship and hauled A$$ from the Big-12.

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

Actualy "Notanidiot" you are an idiot.  OU and UT asked to join the PAC 12, not the other way around.  Texas is the spoiled child and spoiler in all of this mess.  The Big 12 is going down because of Texas arogance and wanting all the bennies for themselves without sharing.  That is why A&M is getting out.  OU will not do a thing without Texas.  They have been kissing UT ass for quite a long time.

The negotiations broke down when UT would not share in the "presumed" wealth that will come with expansion.  The PAC already has a very very lucrative TV package in place.  And BTW they share with every team, no matter what the record.  The phrase used by Scott was, "culture of equality" which in itself is very telling regarding UT arrogance and go it along, I will bully you, gamesmanship.

Oh yeah, I for one believe you could not shine the shoes of Mr. Scott......you would get that wrong also.    



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

Larry Scott is so full of crap, I can smell it all the way in TN. Also for all you PAC 12 homers who like to think that your conference rejected OU and Texas, get real. If OU and Texas would have wanted to join the conference no matter what and the got turned down, then that would be the case, but that is not how it went down. Larry Scott makes me want to puke listening to him talk. He talks of principles and values that the PAC 12 has. Really?! He's acting like they took a moral stand and turned down making more money. Idiot. How do these guys get to be conference commissioners? Dan Beebe is a moron too. I think I will apply for a conference commissioner somewhere. You obviously don't have to be good at it.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Daily Surf Report: Larry Scott laying down law

What the hell does Michigan recruiting and LSU's draft prospects have to do with Larry Scott "laying down the law", in the PAC-12??


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