This & That — 5/8

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Here’s just a couple of this week’s intriguing tidbits to get you started.

1. Things could always be worse, I suppose. Iowa State asst coach Jim Hofher accidentally tweeted the following negative statement about in-state 2019 DE Jake Karchinski, who had just announced he received an offer from the those bothersome Iowa Hawkeyes. “Welp….that’s okay. Have seen him competitively and was underwhelmed, as you know.”

The tweet was tagged to many in the recruiting media as well as screenshot before Hofher could delete it. This public comment about a recruit would also be a violation of NCAA rules, though I’m sure that aspect of Hofher’s mistake is the least of his worries about this huge social media coaching error.

2. How could this happen? Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott makes the most money of any conference commissioner in the country. From 2015 to 2016, Scott received an increase of $600,000 and he took home nearly $4.8 million in compensation. From 2010 – 2016, Scott was paid $24.8 million.

Scott was hired in large part to expand the Pac-12’s profitability in this new social media crazed era of network channels and revenue streams. Thus far Scott has been unable to come to an agreement with DirecTV, which many believe, shows how he has sorely miscalculated in his efforts to launch the Pac-12 Network.

Scott’s case for such a lucrative Pac-12 compensation package isn’t helped by the extremely poor performance of Pac-12 football and basketball this past season. While those won-loss records may not directly be Scott’s fault, the money needed for improvement to these programs is directly tied to his inability to satisfactorily monetize the Pac-12. Scott’s results have unquestionably been underwhelming compared to the SEC and the Big 10, most significantly.

“We have 850 events each season and 650 of them are sports other than football and men’s basketball,” explained Scott. Turn on the Pac-12 Network and 95% of the time you’ll likely find yourself watching a re-run of older programming or long since completed events.

Furthermore, amidst growing calls for Scott’s resignation, while entering his ninth year with the Pac-12, Scott has also refused to see problems much more quickly spotted by others, such as crazy, onerous scheduling  —  which puts the Pac-12 schools at a competitive disadvantage. Want some more bad news? The Pac-12 is locked in with Fox and ESPN through 2024, so any sunnier horizons will have to wait.

Introduce Scott to a crowd filled with large numbers of Pac-12 enthusiasts and you’ll hear a chorus of boos seeking to drown out whatever he has to say. One thing that’s very difficult to drown out now are those numbers  —  the high volume digits following the dollar signs attached to Scott’s bank account.