Pac-12 Notes – USC Week

November 9th

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Wilner: SMU makes as much (if not more) sense for expansion than does San Diego State

From the San Jose Mercury News … Contrary to a report Monday by media personality Dan Patrick, the Pac-12 is not offering membership to San Diego State this week.

Any decision on expansion will be made after the media rights agreement is signed.

In other words, the conference is weeks, and perhaps months away from solidifying its future membership structure.

While San Diego State makes sense on multiple levels and is the Pac-12 expansion target mentioned most often, the Hotline believes there is equally strong interest in adding SMU.

The Mustangs meet the Pac-12’s academic profile, have gobs of money, provide access to an untapped media market and could enhance recruiting efforts in talent-rich Texas.

If we were handicapping the expansion landscape, SMU would be a co-favorite with SDSU.

*** The dollars

The $30-something million question is how closely the Pac-12’s media contract will compare to the Big 12’s deal — and how far it will be from matching the Big Ten’s agreement, which is believed to be worth $1 billion annually, or $62.5 million per school.

If the Pac-12 contract falls short of the Big 12’s deal, it won’t be by much.

Here’s the challenge:

The Big 12 took a below-market price when it decided to renew early with ESPN and Fox, thereby lowering the valuation floor and potentially limiting the Pac-12’s upside.

We believe there are three outcomes for Pac-12 schools on the revenue front:

— Approaching the Big 12 ($29 million-to-$31 million per year)

— Slightly surpassing the Big 12 ($32 million-to-$35 million per year)

— Easily exceeding the Big 12 ($36 million-to-$40 million per school)

(Note: Those estimates assume UCLA does not return and are only for broadcast rights. The NCAA Tournament and College Football Playoff account for approximately one-third of each league’s total annual revenue.)

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November 8th

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Brenden Rice gets NIL vehicle deal

From … Brenden Rice has been adamant from the start his NIL brand will not be defined by his father.

But that does not mean brands don’t see him as a vehicle to entering into an endorsement contract with Jerry Rice. The Colorado transfer headed towards Los Angles this offseason, joining USC. He recently brought on A&P Agency for NIL representation, too.

The third-year wide receiver has been wanting to ink a deal with a car dealership for a while. It’s not hard to understand why an athlete would want to find a way to land a set of wheels, especially on the West Coast. But while A&P continued to work diligently for its client, multiple dealerships inquired about having Jerry join his son in a promotion.

Simply put, they were not valuing what Brenden Rice brought to the table.

Enter Centurion Lifestyle. The one-stop shop for luxury lifestyle experiences immediately saw what partnering with the USC wide receiver could mean for its brand. While Centurion does provide access to yacht, villa and jet rentals, it has a fleet of exotic cars.

Rice will now have access to his choice at least twice a month. One night could be a Porsche, another day he could whip around in a Mercedes G550.

“I think this deal is really a big moment for Brenden,” A&P Agency’s co-founder Jacob Piasecki told On3. “Caleb Williams has a nice, old school car. And Brenden kind of wanted something to match that. When we signed him, this was a big thing he wanted. He was like, ‘Man, if you give me a car, that’d be the best NIL deal I could possibly get.’

“He’s ecstatic. He was really patient and great to work with. Working with car dealerships, it takes a while to get all the the Is dotted, Ts crossed. They want to make sure that they’re protected.”

The deal calls for Rice to take any car he wants out of the Centurion lot at least twice a month. In exchange, he will post on his social media accounts each time he drives one of the company’s cars. The deal could possibly be re-negotiated depending on the receiver’s NFL draft decision.

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November 7th

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Report: San Diego State to the Pac-12

From … San Diego State to the Pac-12 could happen as early as this week, according to Dan Patrick.

New Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff had a lot on his plate as he took over the league heading into some serious media rights negotiations, and with huge departures of USC and UCLA (at least for now) to the Big Ten.

With talks picking up between the league and San Diego State over the past week or so, Dan Patrick shared on air this morning that the Aztecs are expected to join the Pac-12 and an announcement could come as early as this week.

Earlier on in conference expansion discussions, the Big 12 was also rumored to be interested in adding the Aztecs.

Adding SDSU not only brings them into the Power Five, but for the Pac-12 it means maintaining a much-needed southern California presence for the league.

The Aztecs just built a 35,000 seat stadium, that has the capacity to expand to 50,000 relatively easily and their men’s basketball and baseball programs come in as an immediate asset to the league.

The University of California system of regents are set to meet on November 17th regarding UCLA’s departure, and Jon Wilner followed up Dan Patrick’s report with a tweet that he would be surprised if the Pac-12 made “any definitive moves” before that.


November 6th 

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Here we go again – CU opens as a 34-point underdogs to USC


Pac-12 lines … 

Friday, November 11th

  • Colorado at No. 8 USC … 7:30 p.m., MT, FS1 … USC is a 34.0-point home favorite

Saturday, November 12th

  • Arizona State at Washington State … 1:30 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks … Washington State is an 8.5-point home favorite
  • No. 24 Washington at No. 6 Oregon … 5:00 p.m., MT, Fox … Oregon is an 11.0-point home favorite
  • California at Oregon State … 7:00 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks … Oregon State is a 13.o-point home favorite
  • Stanford at No. 13 Utah … 8:00 p.m., MT, ESPN … Utah is a 24.0-point home favorite
  • Arizona at No. 9 UCLA … 8:30 p.m., MT, Fox … UCLA is an 18.0-point home favorite

Washington joins national rankings (giving CU four November ranked opponents)

From ESPN … Georgia tightened its hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, with TCU climbing up to No. 4 and Alabama dropping all the way to No. 10.

The Bulldogs had their strongest support of the season after manhandling Tennessee on Saturday, receiving 62 of 63 first-place votes from the media panel. No. 2 Ohio State got the other first-place vote.

Michigan moved up a spot to No. 3, and TCU jumped three spots to No. 4 — its highest ranking since late in the 2017 season.

No. 5 Tennessee fell three spots after losing on the road to the defending national champions.

For the first time in the College Football Playoff era, Alabama and Clemson lost on the same day, and both tumbled in the rankings. The Crimson Tide fell to LSU by a point in overtime to end up at No. 10 for their worst ranking since 2015.

LSU jumped eight spots to No. 7, the Tigers’ best ranking since they started No. 6 in 2020. That was the year they stumbled out of the gate a season after winning the national title.

Clemson fell seven spots to a season-low No. 12 after losing to Notre Dame. Last year, the Tigers fell all the way out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2011.

Oregon reached a season-high No. 6, and Pac-12 rivals No. 8 USC and No. 9 UCLA finished out the top 10.

  1. Georgia (62 first-place votes)
  2. Ohio State (1)
  3. Michigan
  4. TCU
  5. Tennessee
  6. Oregon
  7. LSU
  8. USC
  9. UCLA
  10. Alabama
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Clemson
  13. Utah
  14. Penn State
  15. North Carolina
  16. Tulane
  17. NC State
  18. Texas
  19. Liberty
  20. Notre Dame
  21. Illinois
  22. UCF
  23. Kansas State
  24. Washington 
  25. Florida State

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati (74), Kentucky (61), Coastal Carolina (46), Wake Forest (34), Oklahoma State (21), Baylor (19), Kansas (10), Mississippi State (8), South Carolina (6), Troy (5), UTSA (5), Louisville (3), Oregon State (3), San Jose State (1)


One Reply to “Pac-12 Notes – USC Week”

  1. If I was Riley I wouldnt be all that happy about the Rice NIL deal. Thats all he needs is a 200 mph car to get in trouble with and deviate his attention from football. No money in his pocket either.

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