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The case for firing Larry Scott

It has not been a banner year for the Pac-12, and by extension, its commissioner.

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Good afternoon! Sorry for the late post today!

Yesterday, Kevin advocated for taking the long view when it comes to things such as the Pac-12’s disastrous showing in the postseason of its two major revenue sports this academic year.

Today, let’s take the knee-jerk view: A head has to roll, and it should be Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott’s. At least, so says venerable sports media outlet The Big Lead, and since we’re all about firing people these days, let’s go with it.

The story tries to draw a straight line from Scott to the losses by pointing out the well-known financial disparity between the Pac-12 and its peer conferences such as the SEC and Big Ten, much of which has to do with media contracts negotiated by Scott. But it also takes a shot at the conference’s football scheduling practices, which also drew (clumsy) criticism from Jon Wilner.

To me, the most damning indictment of Scott is that he’s somehow convinced the Pac-12 CEOs to make him the highest paid commissioner in the country — more than $4 million a year. And that’s just part of the overall bloat in the Pac-12 offices.

I don’t know if what has happened this postseason is Larry Scott’s fault or not; after all, the Pac-12 had a great showing in the NCAA tournament a year ago. But it’s pretty clear Scott is underperforming at his job, and a change of leadership is probably in order, so if this puts the conference CEOs over the line to do something, that’s fine.


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