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  1. Bruininthebay

    Is the PAC12 on the verge of blowing up? Power 4?

    The ascendance of the B1G and SEC above the other autonomous conferences demonstrate that the largest market for college football is in Eastern and Central time zones of the United States. The more schools in those time zones the better from the perspective of actual interest from the general public. The eastern US is different than the west. The life style is more sedentary and a college football game is just of greater significance simply because there is way less to do. For example, I doubt SEC fans have to go to another conference to find more consistent discussion about college football or even that they are capable of conversing with fans from other schools without constant flame wars. Ray Armstrong must think he has an option if he's laying the groundwork now. I don't think Ray's plan is to join the MW but that probably just another reason to fire the Hair...
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    Is the PAC12 on the verge of blowing up? Power 4?

    ACC grant of rights expire in 2035 so it's pretty unlikely that Virginia would change conferences at the same time as Kansas.
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    Is the PAC12 on the verge of blowing up? Power 4?

    Pac 12 media contracts and grant of rights expire in 2023 while the Big 12 media contracts and grant of rights expire in 2025 so there is potential for drama if the Pac 12 is unstable due to low revenue.
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    Is the PAC12 on the verge of blowing up? Power 4?

    @SleepingGiantsFan I LOLed at your gender neutral term use. Maricopa County is definitely a cess pool but it's not the entire state of Arizona. IMHO your criticisms are valid about the overall Phoenix Metro area but shouldn't necessarily apply to the rest of the state. While Maricopa County is the largest county in Arizona with the largest population I think it's a tad unfair to call the entire state Trump country. Eastern Arizona is largely Native American land held in trust by the federal government and some parts of Arizona have Latino majorities that correlate with less right wing politics. ASU to the Big 12 could create a scenario where SDSU is invited to the Pac 12 or to the Big 12. Aztecs can rightfully point to much better academics than ASU they should also recognize that Phoenix + San Diego probably has more appeal to the Big 12 than Fort Collins + Phoenix.
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    Is the PAC12 on the verge of blowing up? Power 4?

    Dennis Dodd does't write this article if Ray Anderson doesn't give his quotes on the record. Anderson is clearly laying the groundwork for something and it would not surprise me if ASU goes to the Big 12 around 2023 even if the conference doesn't dissolve because ASU believes the Big 12 will have better media revenues.
  6. The WCC and the MWC are often ranked at the same level with the MW slightly higher overall while Gonzaga is usually the highest non-Pac12 team in the West. It would benefit both conferences RPI to schedule a challenge along these lines, especially to displace games against Big Sky and Big West teams that can lose to Division II schools and kill RPI. In a related idea, there should also be a Big Sky/ Big West challenge.
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    Is the PAC12 on the verge of blowing up? Power 4?

    The Conf of Champions stuff used to be about UCLA's basketball legacy (hence Walton continuing to spout it) and USC's football legacy but now its about the Olympic sports rivalry between Stanford and UCLA. It's very swingy but it also causes UCLA to care about more than just football, although we do care a lot about football.
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    Is the PAC12 on the verge of blowing up? Power 4?

    I'm very surprised that a Pac 12 administrator went on the record to essentially bury Larry Scott in this piece (ASU's Ray Anderson). I've speculated that contraction is more likely than expansion when posters have wondered whether the Pac 12 might expand because 'slicing the pie' 9 or ten ways would be possible due to national perception of OSU, WSU and ASU. The reasons for my speculation was that in 1959 the four California schools and UW reformed their conference due to a desire to look better and create distance from their college athletic's departments being associated with pay to play. Why anyone would think USC wouldn't go on to do what they did repeatedly is a great wonder to Bruin fans genereally but oh well... Now there are quotes on the record FIVE YEARS before 2023 when media rights expire and a dissolution would even be possible. I think there would be a very good chance that Arizona State could go to the Big 12 and that would provide the western partner for Colorado State because the Big 12 media rights will be being renegotiated in 2023/4.
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    SJSU Facilities Improvements

    Hopefully they get close to this 2014 layout for South Campus. Personally I would like to see the Speed City track in its historic condition. This doesn't reflect the change for football from the North End Zone to the Football Ops building in the Eastern stands or the WTA stadium but the Spartans aren't that far off from this plan with the Softball Golf, Tennis and Soccer fields in place.
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    Latest Renderings Of SJSU Stadium Project

    More significantly, they raised $6 million in the past six months. Here's the complete fundraising report as of a month ago. Overall they were 47% to $40 million as of a month ago. TOTAL PROJECT BUDGET: $40 MILLION TOTAL COMMITTED TO DATE: $18,928,500 (47.3%) BALANCE TO BE RAISED: $21,071,500
 2009-2017 ACTUAL AMOUNT RAISED PRIOR TO ALL IN LAUNCH: $2,808,500 AMOUNT RAISED SINCE ALL IN LAUNCH (09/2017): $6,030,000
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    Latest Renderings Of SJSU Stadium Project

    I edited that post. The files I found didn't turn out to be better than the OP. Sorry
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    Latest Renderings Of SJSU Stadium Project

    Supposedly SJSU will announce another fundraising goalpost has been passed per Paul Lanning in the thread where he shared these renderings on SJSU's fan forum. https://247sports.com/college/san-jose-state/Board/102442/Contents/Football-Operations-Building-Fundraising-Update-116643030
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    UNM to reduce sponsored sports?

    If SDSU is 2/3s female, those are really good odds
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    Out of the Box Ideas For SJSU Basketball

    Who knows how good they can be if they have a place to practice...
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    Grand Canyon University

    I really fail to see the reason any one would think Grand Canyon would have a better chance in the Phoenix area than SJSU would in the Bay Area. Northern Colorado is perfect in the Big Sky and that would be a better candidate for the MW because they play FOOTBALL. Grand Canyon was a perfectly fine small little private university with a Baptist affiliation until 2004 when GCU was saved from bankruptcy when the school's board of trustees sold the institution to a group of Christian investors who intended to create the first for-profit Christian college in the US. In 2004 the original GCU went BANKRUPT because they have NO ENDOWMENT. GCU's investors operated as a for-profit business from 2007 until 2017 so they didn't create any endowment during that time because unspent money is the profit. At no point is there any indication that the university operated with capital reserves. Did Jesus perform a miracle and create an endowment for GCU at the time they transformed into a non-profit university and suddenly God's favorite university had an overflowing bank account? It is highly dubious that the institution has any money beyond the revenue from tuition. A university that failed as a traditional university and then operates as a 'for-profit' is an example of everything that can go wrong at a university, not an example of distinction. GCU's attempt to reclassify to the same rules that every other university operates under doesn't make them special, distinguished or worthy of serious consideration While it's true that the physical campus has been used as college since 1951, it's not the case that the current entity operating as a university at that location has existed since before 2004. They didn't enroll students until 2007. In 2004 the original GCU went BANKRUPT so now they have NO ENDOWMENT. GCU's investors operated as a for-profit business from 2007 until 2017 so they didn't create any endowment during that time because unspent money is the profit. At no point is there any indication that the university operated with capital reserves. Did Jesus perform a miracle and create an endowment for GCU at the time they transformed into a non-profit university and suddenly God's favorite university had an overflowing bank account? It is highly dubious that the institution has any money beyond the revenue from tuition. No capital reservers = no endowment. A university that failed as a traditional university and then operates as a 'for-profit' is an example of everything that can go wrong at a university, not an example of distinction. GCU's attempt to reclassify to the same rules that every other university operates under doesn't make them special, distinguished or worthy of serious consideration by any conference with tradition and MONEY IN THE BANK Grand Canyon announced it was going to become a non profit in 2014. They have spent four years reorganizing so that they could meet that status. Initially their 2016 reorg to non profit was rejected but after a second reorganization they have now met the minimum threshold that the government has to be a non profit. To reiterate: for the first time in four years of trying, Grand Canyon filed to operate as non-profit. Every university EVER has operated as a non-profit. Nothing to see here. Four years is long time for a business reorganization. They named a ton of buildings after people during their expansion but they must have made a variety of 'unique' arrangements during the six years they operated under 'for-profit' status for it to take nearly as long to untangle everything enough to actually meet the basic standard that every traditional institution of higher learning meets and that GCU itself met when the investors bought the place. Grand Canyon sounds like a financial mess. Who knows if GCU actually can operate as a regular university given their lengthy recent experiment operating a for-profit university in Jesus's name?
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