Is a Pac-10 Network right around the corner?


When word leaked in the middle of last month that the Pac-10 had hired Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to advise them on their next television rights deal, commissioner Larry Scott said that part of the reason for hiring CAA was because the conference “want[s] to position ourselves to be cutting edge.”

According to at least one report, the league could be on the verge of creating something that positioned the Big Ten as very much a cutting-edge fiscal entity.

Per the Cal website, sources have told that it would not come as a surprise if the league announced during their meetings this weekend the creation of the Pac-10 Network.

We have no idea how solid the site’s sources are on this story — or what it would do to the rumored Big 12/Pac-10 joint television venture — but, if it were to unfold the way the site states, it would be a definite step in the right direction for a conference severely lagging behind the Big Ten and SEC when it comes to exposure and footprints.

Also contained in the story was an intriguing quote from Cal Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.  Speaking at an alumni club meeting, the chancellor said he would be “surprised if something did not happen [at the meetings] that revolutionized college athletics.”

What’s Birgeneau referring to, the rumored conference network?  A tandem conference network with the Big 12?  Expansion?

I guess we’ll just have to grab some popcorn and await the revolution that’s expected to start this weekend.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.