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YAY Or NAY: "Fight On" Does Work

September 17, 2020

Amon-Ra St. Brown and the USC Trojan football team led by example and saved the PAC-12 fall sports season.

YAY--#LetUsPlay did not demand anything.  It was a carefully worded, and masterfully executed end around play, lead by the USC football team directed to the side of the field Governor of California, Gavin Newsom was playing.


It was the perfect playcall dialed up at just the right time and it moved the chains into the red zone.  Maybe not quite a Hail Mary attempt, although, it was damn close.   It was such a beautifully conceived play, other student-athletes from within the conference joined the group hoping to change the vote.  

Pressure from PAC-12 student-athletes outside the state of California, from Arizona to Washington shined a light on the issue.

YAY--There’s lots of finger pointing and no one wants to assume their responsibility, although that’s how politicians play their game...and yes, Larry Scott, is for all intents and purposes a politician.   I’ve said it before...Larry is someone who looks you in the face, smiles, and then proceeds to say stuff which makes most people roll their eyes.   Well, I think even the younger people are starting to recognize the smell of manure on their senses, and their eyes are wide open watching their peers play football all over the country.  I’ve always been a staunch every man for himself type of guy, however, in this case, it took a village of Pac-12 football players to get the ball moving while the officials ere blowing their whistles

The Mountain West Conference will be the next conference to jump back in to a football season.

YAY--I really want to offer the benefit of the doubt to all the school presidents and policy-makers who are looking out for the health and welfare of their student-athletes as well as their communitiies in general, however, it’s becoming harder and harder for me to not be more cynical with each passing day.  Remember how much praise the B1G, PAC, and MWC conference leaders received when they made the hard decision to cancel fall sports?   Well, being noble and well intentioned doesn’t pay the bills while you’re watching others play with the lights on, as you pretend it’s the pre-Thomas Edison era living in the dark.

Looks like the MWC is getting back into the game too.  So where was this sense of urgency a week ago...two weeks ago??  Did the science change or did the idea of being morally and ethically right take a back seast to common sense?

The PAC-12 will be a part of the College Football Playoff discussion.

NAY--Not because the Trojans or another team from the PAC-12 won’t be good enough to qualify, however, moreso because there are still no assurances the conference will restart their fall season in time to align with the other Power-5 schools.  

Yesterday I put out a poll asking when the Pac-12 should plan for their fall kickoff, with the weekend of Nov. 7 being the last option for consideration.  The last option may be too late of a start if the Pac-12 wants to be a part of the college football playoff discussion.  


When asked, Larry Scott said on ESPN: “Best-case scenario is start games is by early Nov. but that’s still subject to county approvals, which we don’t have yet. We’re going to do everything possible to play this fall, play a Pac-12 Championship Game & have teams compete for a CFBPlayoff, if possible”

Since Larry decided to play follow the leader again and allow the B1G conference to be the lead dance partner, then ACTUALLY follow their lead and start no later than Halloween Weekend...which happens to be one week later than the B1G.  

Larry, and the PAC-12 presidents can still offer the appearance of solidarity while at the same time giving their student-athletes the opportunity to compete for a championship.  If the PAC-12 were to forge forward on the own calendar later than an October kick off, then don’t do it all.   And if there is any notion of playing a bowl season with the Mountain West Conference who is now deciding to get back in the race...well, get rid of that idea.  Trust me, Larry, there would not be a hole deep enough for you to hide in if this is the line of thinking.

The Trojans will have another recruit commit very soon.

YAY--With the dead period extended until January 1, anticipate a few more verbal announcements in the interim.  Not going to say who, however, if you’ve been lurking in the bushes you may have it “covered.”

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