Friday mailbag and results of the Pac-12 Networks fan survey

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The Hotline put a poll in the field, as they say, at the outset of my series on the Pac-12 Networks at their fifth anniversary.

I’ve promoted the poll a few times and monitored the results. The final installment of the series has been delayed by unexpected developments (the hoops scandal, P12Nets TV ratings, a lawsuit), but I’ll wrap it up next week with a look at the future for the networks.

Here is the percentage breakdown of the results:

Love ‘em (unqualified success): 7%
Generally positive (enjoy them but not flawless): 42%
Indifferent (don’t give it any thought): 10%
Generally negative (haven’t met expectations): 26%
Hate ‘em (unequivocal failure): 15%

It’s an interesting mix:

On one hand, a tick shy of half the voters have a favorable view. Then again, four out of 10 have an unfavorable view. That’s not an insignificant portion.

It’s important to note that the Hotline is focused on football and men’s basketball, and those sports are likely priorities for participants in this survey.

My guess is that a good percentage of diehard fans of Olympic sports didn’t participate, and the Pac12Nets have assuredly been received favorably by that contingent.

Of course, the universe of Olympics sports fans is tiny compared to the football and men’s basketball follow.

Let’s hit the mailbag …


@ScottThomsen17 (on the basketball scandal): You think either SC or Zona have a chance of escaping postseason sanctions?

My response: For this response and those below, I’m going to assume the charges are true because the feds have a mountain of evidence and would not go public unless they believed the case to be airtight. That said, the NCAA has oversight of the postseason. I hesitate to guess on the specific penalties, although it’s difficult to imagine Arizona’s sanctions being anything less than severe. Remember, the Bland and Richardson cases are not identical.


@socalbear: Does (Sean Miller) even have a job by Media days?

My response: Pac-12 basketball media day is Oct. 12 in San Francisco. Based on what we know right now, I would be surprised if Miller isn’t the Wildcats’ coach at that point. And it will be awkward. And he’ll decline to comment on the situation. And it will be awkward.


@srthomas32: Will NCAA have its own set of sanctions? What about the players that accepted bribes ?

My response: Yes, the NCAA will operate on its own rulebook. The Penn State situation was proof it should stay out of the business of legislating criminal matters. Players that accepted bride and are now out of school are outside of the NCAA’s jurisdiction. But the schools can be hit with sanctions, as we saw with Reggie Bush and USC.


@LeoD41: this has been needed for a long time. NCAA has turned a blind eye. Boom goes the dynamite.

My response: Agreed, but remember: The NCAA enforcement staff doesn’t have the resources to pursue all the cheating; nor does it have subpoena power; and on some level, it probably didn’t want to have all the sleaze exposed. (The feds took care of that.) Mash it all together, and coaches thought it was worth the risk — that the benefits to procuring players far outweighed the risk of getting caught.





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