Pac-12 for (almost) everybody
Here’s irony for you: The Pac-12 Network may not be watched in Tucson with DirectTV, but now because of a major distribution deal, 27 countries will have access to Rick Neuheisel, Curtis Conway, Mike Yam and Co.
The conference announced on Thursday an international distribution deal with YouTube, becoming the first 24/7 network available on the platform.
“Sometimes when we talk about all the developments and distribution, it’s hard to understand how it all fits together and what it really means to our fans – our goal is to be wherever our fans are, at work, at home, on the road, even in sports venues when they’re watching live games and events,” Pac-12 Networks president Lydia Murphy-Stephans said on Thursday, the second and final conference media day in Los Angeles.
The conference will exclusively televise 35 football games this season and will document UCLA on “The Drive,” the network’s all-access documentary-style program that featured Arizona State last season.
Mike Leach has had an interesting summer. The Washington State coach 1) wrote a book on Geronimo, the Native American warrior, 2) traveled to McCall, Idaho, with his staff for a fishing trip – where he landed a 350-pound sturgeon, he said – 3) became a grandfather. And the fun’s not over yet, as a different daughter is getting married soon.
They call them the dog days of summer for a reason.
The big number
The Pac-12 Network and its subsidiaries will televise 80 football games this season. Hopefully not Colorado at Cal.
UCLA had the shortest travel of any Pac-12 school to the week’s media festivities, but even the Bruins got a taste of the high life.
Even if the high life took a taste of them.
Bruins linebacker Eric Kendricks had a run-in with one or more bedbugs – likely more, several more – at Loews Hollywood Hotel. He had the battle scars to prove it, up and down his right arm.
And speaking of UCLA arms – quarterback Brett Hundley was the most impressive cornhole competitor of the two-day event, at one point draining two bags in a row.
The (long) life of Riley
The longest-tenured head coach in the Pac-12 has looked around and found a bunch of strangers. Oregon State’s Mike Riley has been in charge up in Corvallis since 2003, and year-by-year, he’s seen colleagues drop off.
“I’ve seen a lot of guys, I guess somebody told me since 2011 there are 10 new head coaches in our league,” said Riley, everybody’s favorite uncle and a league stalwart. “We all know it’s changing all the time, but we’re thankful for the stability.”
The big number
1 Number of games Washington has suspended quarterback Cyler Miles for his role in an offseason fight. He will miss the team’s Aug. 30 opener against Hawaii.
New Washington head coach Chris Petersen is just starting to get familiar with the league, and the former Boise State head coach got a bit of a rude awakening when he realized the quarterback talent in the conference.
“What really strikes me is every one of them are good players,” Petersen said. “It’s not just they’ve got a guy coming back that’s okay. They’re all good players.”
He said it:
“It says ‘Uncommon.’ It’s our slogan for our team this year. We wanted — we don’t want them to do the common things. We want them to do the uncommon things.” – Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, who apparently isn’t a fan of the rapper Common.