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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Pac-12 TV: 2012 can’t get here fast enough

If you happened to be spending part of your Saturday in a hotel room in Burbank, as I am, you’d never know Pac-12 football existed. In my room this afternoon, you can get Air Force-Notre Dame (big whoop), Florida-LSU (no contest), and nothing else. Not the Fox Sports Net telecast of Utah-Arizona State from Salt Lake City — the league’s top game of the day.

Last week, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said that with USC down, the Pac-12 seemed “out of sight, out of mind.” Gee, I’d assumed he was talking about two and three time zones away.

This is the kind of thing that the new league contracts with Fox and ESPN, plus the new Pac-12 Networks, should alleviate when they begin next fall.

Reminds me of stories passed on by colleagues about past Pac-10 basketball tournaments on Fox. In the media hotel for the tournament in LA, you couldn’t get Fox — so you couldn’t get the Pac-10 tournament.

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