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Pac-12 continues search for next commissioner

Plus, baseball gets trounced.

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Good morning, Coug fans. If you’re reading this, I’m going to presume you’re interested in the success of the Pac-12 as a Power 5 conference. You’ll recall that Larry Scott—he of just one win in 19 career singles tennis matches—is packing up his lavish office. The almost-former Pac-12 commissioner didn’t exactly set up his league for future success, and the search for his replacement is a crucial one.

Say, how’s that search going? With limited information, so far we can surmise this: Not great, Bob!

First, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News told us the Pac-12 commissioner search could end up hiring two people for the job. Wilner also indicated that Amy Brooks, a senior executive with the NBA, could be a candidate. Not anymore:

This comes after some high-profile names have already either dropped out of the race or expressed no interest: Ohio State AD Gene Smith, Alabama AD Greg Byrne, and West Coast Conference Commissioner Gloria Nevarez. Nevarez recently signed an extension to stay as commissioner in the WCC.

Wether those three were actually candidates or just names thrown against a wall by pundits is anybody’s guess, but the search committee would be smart to at least gauge their interest.

The Oregonian’s John Canzano, never one to pull punches when it comes to Pac-12 leadership, opined on the issue this week. You might be turned off by his suggestion that the league should reach out to.....are you ready?.....Bill Moos.

Apparently the search committee is extremely tight-lipped about its direction, though obviously Wilner was able to get information on the potential path of procuring a two-headed commissioner of sorts. Without knowing much else, I’m starting to wonder if the job of Pac-12 commissioner is even attractive. You have a conference with tons of issues, with revenue chief among them.

But who knows—maybe the league will knock it out of the park. The college sports landscape is changing rapidly, and the Pac-12 presidents can’t afford to screw this up.

Baseball trounced

The beautiful weekend in Pullman started in ugly fashion for Cougar baseball, as WSU’s bats went mostly cold in a 13-0 loss. The Cougs managed 10 hits but left eight runners on base. WSU starter Brandon White lasted only until the third inning as the Ducks opened a 5-0 lead.

The lead could have been just 3-0, but an error on a potential inning-ending ground ball to third allowed Oregon to extend the inning, and the lead.

Oregon had runs in six straight innings beginning with the third. Oregon starter Robert Ahlstrom went seven scoreless innings and gave up six hits. Ahlstrom and reliever Caleb Sloan combined for 10 strikeouts. Kodie Kolden, Kyle Manzardo and Tristan Peterson each struck out twice for WSU. Manzardo did manage two hits, though.

WSU and no. 8 Oregon are back on the diamond in Pullman today at 2:05 p.m.


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