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Former Pac-12 boss Larry Scott takes heat after USC, UCLA bolt

Scott's moves in his tenure included launching a conference TV network and deciding to go it alone, instead of a partnership with Fox or ESPNGetty Images

The departure of USC and UCLA from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten, as well as the potential demise of the conference, “is Larry Scott’s legacy,” according to Jim Alexander of the Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE. Scott, who served as Pac-12 commissioner from '09-21, will be remembered for a “series of wrong decisions early on that doomed the Pac-12 to second-class status.” He failed to act in ’10 when the Pac-12 “had the opportunity to add Texas and Oklahoma during the first round of conference realignment mania.” He also is on the hook for “launching a conference TV network and deciding to go it alone, instead of a partnership with Fox or ESPN.” That would have guaranteed “distribution and a more favored status with those networks.” Instead it has been a “disaster in raising the profile of the marquee sports” (Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE, 7/1). CBSSN’s Adam Schein said the Pac-12 has been a "sinking ship for years" after Scott “ran this into the ground.” Schein: “The Pac-12 Network was awful, they’re putting all these games on Friday nights and the east coach bias was real and they never figured out how to generate attention” ("Time to Schein," CBSSN, 6/30).

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