The death of the PAC 12 is almost upon us. What started over a decade ago when the conference foolishly turned down Texas and Arizona has come to a head, as the league is disintegrating, with commissioner George Kliavkoff the captain of a sinking ship.
The first blow was last summer, when USC and UCLA announced they were departing the PAC 12 for the Big Ten. There were always going to be negative repercussions for losing arguably the conference’s two flagship schools.
And, that’s come to fruition this summer. Kliavkoff kept saying that a good PAC 12 medial deal would be offered to the league and signed. But, it’s clear that didn’t happen. A mediocre streaming deal was presented to the league earlier this week with the principal partner being Apple and most of the inventory being available via streaming. It simply wasn’t good enough.
Washington and Oregon are heading to the Big Ten, with only formalities left to figure out. Colorado has already accepted an invitation to the Big 12, with Arizona, Utah, and Arizona State expected to formally announce a move to the Big 12 in the next few days.
And, George Kliavkoff is taking a lot of strays on Twitter. Take a look.
George Kliavkoff trying to keep the Pac-12 from falling apart
— Anthony Totri (@Anthony_Totri) August 4, 2023
George Kliavkoff attempting to keep the Pac-12 together with a mediocre media deal set up. pic.twitter.com/7hQJzEpKOj
— Curtis Brown 🌵 (@cubrown87) August 4, 2023
I would liquidate all of my retirement accounts right now just to have a 24/7 George Kliavkoff live stream.
— Tanner Martin (@TanMart03) August 4, 2023
Remember when Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff told reporters at media days that schools had "agreed to" a grant of rights?
This is what happens when you "agree" to something but don't have a signed contract. You haven't actually agreed to anything.
— Amanda Christovich (@achristovichh) August 4, 2023
George Kliavkoff had months to save the PAC and instead let the conference die
What a historic failure we are watching
— Swiftz (@Swiftz279281) August 4, 2023
GEORGE KLIAVKOFF SHOULD GO TO PRISON – FOR LIFE
I would even go as far as supporting a death penalty sentence; however, understand how that might sound egregious to some.
— Ronan De Falcone (@ronanfalcone) August 4, 2023
George Kliavkoff getting ready for his meeting with the PAC-9 this morning pic.twitter.com/nAssfIbj1Z
— Teigen (@JuddTL) August 4, 2023