Intriguing Pac-12 Headlines Ahead Of Media Day

Jul 19, 2023, 3:25 PM | Updated: 8:58 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Wednesday has been a parade of interesting news out of the Pac-12 ahead of their Media Day, and no, we are not talking about their media rights, though you can read about the latest on that here.

While not exactly major pieces of news, they are intriguing as the conference closes in on their Media Day in Las Vegas.

First up, Stanford’s president announced his resignation from the position after being under investigation for fraudulent work in the scientific community. While the findings came back mostly in President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s favor, he has still opted to step down.

It was also announced Deion Sanders will not be in attendance Wednesday afternoon. There was a ton of excitement surrounding the ability to talk to coach Prime, but recent health issues have sidelined the Buffs’ headman per his doctor’s orders.

Finally, later in the evening, the Denver Post dropped an interview with Colorado Chancellor Phil DiStefano where he reiterated once more the Buffs’ commitment to staying in the Pac-12. However, that wasn’t really the most interesting thing he revealed.

The Significance Of Tessier-Lavigne’s Resignation At Stanford

Normally a university president’s resignation wouldn’t move the needle too much in the sports department, but with the Pac-12 seemingly wrapping up their new media deal negotiations this carries some interest.

It is important to remember the Pac-12’s hierarchy structure is set up to where the presidents of each university comprise the “CEO Group” and they are the ones who make all of the major decisions as to what the conference does and how they do it – not the commissioner.

With that said, Tessier-Lavigne stepping down shouldn’t delay any decisions by the group or really have any impact on what they decide in regard to the media deal, even with him sitting as the Executive Committee President.

It is, however, perhaps an interesting bit of insight into why not much has been said from the Cardinal party during this whole ordeal. There is also some intrigue about who Stanford will pick to replace Tessier-Lavigne come August 31 and if the newcomer will have any impact on the media rights negotiations.

No Coach Prime At Media Day

This story is just a bummer.

Health issues are serious and it’s always sad to know someone is struggling with things that quite honestly can take the fun out of life.

While thankfully it sounds like coach Prime and his medical staff are on top of things to make sure no further issues arise, it’s also sad that the biggest personality in the Pac-12 won’t be able to make his official debut to the conference at Media Day.

Part of what makes these events so fun is getting to see some of the best and brightest in each conference outside of “game day mode”. It’s a chance for personalities to shine, and for fans and media to get a better feel of who these individuals are.

Still, people’s health and well-being is most important, so the big debut will have to wait until next season. In the meantime, best wishes to coach Prime from KSL Sports on a speedy and successful recovery.

According To Phil DiStefano Pac-12 CEO Group Is Meeting Thursday

While a lot of focus has been placed on DiStefano’s pledge in so many months of Colorado’s desire to stick with the remaining Pac-12 members, it wasn’t really (in this writer’s opinion) the most important thing he said to the Denver Post.

The paper has the Colorado Chancellor quoted as saying he and the rest of his Pac-12 collogues are looking forward to what conference commissioner George Kliavkoff will present to them in regard to the media negotiations sometime on Thursday.

I’m eagerly awaiting to hear what the commissioner has to say (Thursday),” DiStefano told The Post in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. “But at this point, the 10 (Pac-12) schools are staying together and awaiting a message from the commissioner.

DiStefano finished up with this little bit as well with the Denver Post.

DiStefano added that he had yet to see a “final number on media rights (from Kliavkoff) … that’s why we’re meeting tomorrow.

These tidbits do coincide with recent reports the day before that the Pac-12 has no plans of announcing a media deal at Media Day on Friday, but that they are getting close.

We will keep you updated if anything comes from Thursday’s Pac-12 meeting with Commissioner Kliavkoff.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on TwitterInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

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Intriguing Pac-12 Headlines Ahead Of Media Day