Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pac-12 commissioner mocks Big-12 and SEC out of conference scheduling.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott took some time during a radio interview to take some jabs at the at-times lackluster out of conference scheduling of Big 12 and SEC schools, while boasting of the Pac-12's more superior OOC schedule.

"Listening to some of my colleagues that have served on the men's basketball committee and realized we have a better chance as a Pac 12 conference to get a fair shake for the fact that we play a nine game conference schedule, the fact that USC and Stanford play Notre Dame, the fact that we play tough out of conference competition, tougher than the SEC or what the Big 12 is doing, and there's a chance that humans can give us credit for the strength of schedule and credit for what it takes to be the champion of the Pac 12 conference the way that polls and computers cannot."

It seems Scott is trying to start up a little snark-fest right after the BCS conferences finally got on the same page and came up with a playoff system. Certainly, it's his right to pimp his own conference and it's schools' strength of schedules. Of course out-of-conference scheduling is handled on the individual school level, so OOC stregnth of schedule can vary from year to year. But how well does Scott's argument hold up?

 Yes, USC and Stanford both have Notre Dame on the schedule. At least until 2016, which currently is the last year ND shows up on the Trojans' schedule, though that will probably be extended.  Stanford's current deal with ND ends in 2019. While SEC schools can go a little heavy on the small-time opponents, several schools have annual out of conference rivalries with out-of-conference schools that are on Notre Dame's level or greater (though that isn't saying much as it used to). Florida plays Florida State, Georgia plays Georgia Tech, and South Carolina plays Clemson. True, those are all in-state rivalries, but most SEC schools aren't lucky enough to have their main in-state rivals in-conference like most Pac-12 schools. (Alabama and Auburn notwithstanding)

As for the Big 12 schools, Texas and Oklahoma definitely aren't hiding from anybody. Texas'  schedule, for example,  is somewhat loaded with better-than-cupcakes in the next few years. It  currently has Ole Miss scheduled for 2012 & 2013, BYU in 2013 & 2014, and (hold on to your seat, Larry) Notre Dame in 2015 & 2016. Oh, and the Longhorns have Cal scheduled for 2015 & 2016 as well. Not to mention USC in 2017 and 2018. Not too shabby there. Oklahoma's schedule is has some pretty impressive OOC opponents in the next few years as well.

The Pac-12 has that agreement to schedule Big Ten schools coming up. If that works out (re: makes money hand over fist) you can expect the SEC to go looking to pair up with another conference to keep up, perhaps even with the Big 12. Scott will probably take credit for that as well.

(via Pacific Takes)

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