It is true that George Klyavkov did not propose to USC for an expanded and unequal portion of Pac-12 TV revenue and media rights. It is true that Klyavkov was taken by surprise by the departure of USC to the Big Ten. True, Klyavkov put no real teeth into an alliance with the Big Ten which would make it much harder for USC to escape.
That said, if you’ve been following Pac-12’s media day and the reports stemming from it, you know the deck was even more difficult against Klyavkov than previously thought.
We have learned of a Los Angeles Times report that USC President Carol Folt has cut off any possible conversation. Pac-12 extensions last summer. The Pac-12 could have solidified its position and offered USC much more TV money in an extended configuration, but it was the USC president who brushed aside that opportunity. We can put two and two together and conclude that Falt was at least thinking about the Big Ten last summer (after Oklahoma and Texas went into the SEC). The plan may not have been launched, but the idea was certainly considered.
George Klyavkov really had no chance.
We talked about it with Mark Rogers at The Voice of College Football.
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