Boy, It's a good thing Jeremy isn't a politician...I was rummaging through some old posts when i found my Uni-Obsessed logo post. Negative reaction led to questions which led to this:
Is not changing
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by Jeremy Mauss on Jun 6, 2011 7:27 PM PDT via mobile up reply actions
Oh how so many things have changed...but I love our new logo
We've heard from thousands of DirecTV subscribers who don't receive Pac-12 Networks and wonder whether they'll miss out on their teams' most important games of the football season. We have worked around the clock to make sure that doesn't happen, but with only a few hours remaining before the kickoff of the season, we're writing to inform our fans that we do not have a distribution agreement with DirecTV.
This means Pac-12 fans who subscribe to DirecTV are in jeopardy of missing all 35 football games scheduled for broadcast on Pac-12 Networks, beginning Thursday night.
As you may have read, DirecTV believes that all Pac-12 fans will be satisfied by the games they can watch through other networks. We know this is not true, based on the thousands of calls and emails we've received from you, particularly from fans of teams that other broadcasters don't typically feature. We also know that the other networks offered by DirecTV won't broadcast 20 of the Pac-12's conference games, starting with the Cal/USC matchup on September 22.
If you're one of the fans who won't be satisfied without Pac-12 football, or our more than 135 men's basketball games and hundreds of other live events, we recommend finding Pac-12 Networks with another television provider.
The good news is that most Pac-12 fans have options. These fans can switch their television service to one of the more than 30 distributors that offer Pac-12 Networks, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox. These providers offer Pac-12 Networks' full season lineup, including some of the most thrilling games of the season and TV Everywhere viewing online, on the iPad and on smartphones later in the season.
In just the first four weeks, Pac-12 Networks will feature all 12 schools, including appearances by #1 USC and two appearances by both #5 Oregon and #21 Stanford. Every weekend thereafter we will have at least two premiere conference matchups, all of which will have postseason implications.
MEDIA DAYS UPDATE: After behaving during the student-athletes live chat, I decided to have my fun with Fresno State QB, Derek Carr...
Comment From Anonymous
"For Derek: Is this the year that the Boise State flag in your apartment that David put up, coming down?"
His response was excellent:
"Derek - We haven't beat them in a long time, but Boise State is definitely circled on the calendar at home, Oct. 13. I feel it is time to take that flag down soon. Since I got married a month ago, my wife is decorating our house and it clashes with the color scheme."
The primary problem with winning through unsustainable means is that they often lead to unsustainable goals. Win eight games one season, and you will feel pressure to win eight the next. With home games versus Cal Poly, Air Force and Colorado State, along with winnable road games versus Idaho, New Mexico and UNLV, we'll set the bar simply at bowl eligibility. Sustain last year's gains to some degree, and you have succeeded. But it might be difficult.
While at Football Outsiders, my friend Bill Barnwell spoke a lot about the concept of "regression toward the mean" versus "regression TO the mean." We look at projection factors like turnovers luck and fumble recovery percentage, and when we see a team that got particularly lucky or unlucky, we assume the luck will shift just as violently in the other direction the next season. It doesn't typically work that way; well, it doesn't unless you are Wyoming, anyway.
In three years under Christensen, Wyoming has been quite lucky, quite unlucky, and quite lucky again. It is easy to get sucked into the pattern, then, and assume all the breaks will go against the 'Pokes in 2012. If they do, then Wyoming will struggle mightily to match last year's success. If it doesn't, however -- if Wyoming has what I will just call neutral luck -- then the Cowboys' experience and depth (and a manageable schedule) could carry them to their third bowl in four seasons. Wyoming has interesting talent all over the field (Brett Smith, Dominic Rufran, Nick Carlson, Ghaali Muhammad, Korey Jones, the cornerbacks, Mark Nzeocha, etc.), and they are quite experienced. But will they get the bounces?
Wyoming has won games without the benefit of actually being very good in recent years, and now they are positioned to get quite a bit better. There's something to be said for that.
The thing about the Mountain West is, while there is typically quality at the top, the bottom half of the conference is almost always quite weak. That means that, if a lesser team like New Mexico or UNLV can even improve to the 95th-100th range, they could improve their win total by a decent amount. But neither school has ranked that high in a while. Still home games versus Northern Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and a depleted Air Force squad (not to mention Minnesota and Washington State), should portend more than two wins. We'll be conservative and set the bar at three this time around.
Despite losses in both the receiving corps and secondary, it is fair to believe that UNLV will improve, at least slightly, on both sides of the ball. But "improvement" could just mean "110th on offense, 100th on defense." Hauck has a reasonably experienced squad, and the Rebels' recruiting rankings are not terrible, but because of both recent and long-term history, it is difficult to expect anything more than minor steps forward. Four years ago, the chancellor of the Nevada universities said he has no idea how to remedy the UNLV program. After two years in charge, Hauck has accomplished only baby steps. An elixir may be out there somewhere, but as with other maladies that originate in Las Vegas, recovery is long and arduous.
When you've won three games in three years, the bar is going to be set awfully low. But if Davie can engineer even minor improvement this fall, there are some winnable games on the docket. Texas Southern, Texas State and Wyoming come to Albuquerque, while trips to New Mexico State, UNLV and Colorado State are far from intimidating. Still, set the bar at two wins and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by anything beyond that.
Bob Davie had to know he was walking into a dire situation, but it appeared that even he was a bit surprised by what he found this spring. Al Golden proved that you can engineer a turnaround within three or four years, but it will take at least a couple of autumns for Davie to establish any sort of groundwork here. As I mentioned at the top, Davie was far from a wonderfully high-upside hire, but he could certainly serve a role as a fixer -- clean up the mess left behind by Locksley, build back depth and fan interest, and set the table for another coach to succeed.
New Mexico needs what Davie has to offer -- discipline, physical play, etc. -- and in a few years the Lobos will probably need something different.
The Mtn. will broadcast the press conference announcing Bob Davie as the new head football coach for New Mexico live at 3:30 p.m. MT
"To be honest, I’m kind of embarrassed by it," he said Tuesday. "I think it’s great to have a t-shirt that commemorates two great programs. But I don’t personally appreciate the t-shirt because they’re not the ones who played. The people in Idaho treated us very well."