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Former UCLA football coach and now Pac-12 network analyst, Rick Neuheisel, was rambling on last week about the current state of college football when he gave ESPN credit for the SEC's success...

“You wonder how the SEC became so powerful? It’s a direct correlation to how ESPN has been talking them up over the years, because they have a financial interest in them. So all the sudden, it’s a monster conference.”

For the record, ESPN is invested in the Pac-12, having signed a rights deal in partnership with Fox Sports that covers 12 years and $3 billion for the conference. Neuheisel still isn’t convinced that’s enough to make a network like ESPN change its focus.

“I think they just want to be competitive in all the time zones, but we’re still not given the same amount of attention as the SEC or the Big Ten. Watch `(College) Game Day,’ and the Pac-12 will get one block, and it’s usually just about USC or Oregon.”
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SC Tigerman - 42 months
Go back to your office pools, Ricky. . .
homeindadome - 42 months
Good point CarolinaCajun. If TV coverage, notoriety, and financial benefit helped teams win, Lou Holtz wouldn't be the only person riding Notre Dame's jock. Haha
bigred1600x - 42 months
only teams worth a shite in the PAC are oregon or USC
pngtiger - 42 months
So, ESPN came on in 2008, after Fla and LSU won the NCs, but the SEC is only good b/c of the ESPN deal. Makes sense...

So, let's look at the ESPN payout to other conferences:
ACC - $3.6 billion/15 years
Pac-12- $3 billion/12 years
SEC - $2.25 billion/15 years as 2nd tier, not 1st tier like the other conferences
Big 10 - $1 billion /10 years
Big 12 - $480 million/8 years

Guess next year he can't bitch about the ESPN bias towards the SEC anymore
rutiger - 42 months
wait, so if espn talks a lot about you, then you all of sudden get good? what a tard.
Rick is butthurt. SEC is a powerful conference due to powerful athletes from the SOUTHEAST. Imagine that.
Broham - 42 months
"and it’s usually just about USC or Oregon."

Because that's all the pac 12 has you dumb frick.
Kong - 42 months
Just Win Baby Win and you'll get all the coverage you want. Plain and simple!
CSATiger - 42 months
losers gonna lose
rileytiger - 42 months
Haters gonna hate!
Carolinacajun - 42 months
If his reasoning had one bit of validity, Notre Dame would be NC every year.
AtlBrett - 42 months
not sure how he sits down for interviews with his butt hurting so badly
dagrippa - 42 months
He just made a flat out stupid statement.
FatDrunknStupid - 42 months
"....usually just about USC or Oregon.” ESPN might have thrown a bone your team's way if you had actually won games at UCLA. Winning = Notoriety = ESPN Coverage. It's not a hard concept to grasp.
deaconscholar - 42 months
I'm so sorry, Ricky. Can I get you a tissue? GEAUX TIGERS!
jdrn21 - 42 months
because those are the only relevant teams in the slac-12 there Ricky.
So advice, dont suck balls and you will get on TV. Does epsn hype Vandy and Kentucky? lol at this clown
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