• Darron Thomas and Anthony Gildon talk about summer workouts, the addition of Utah and Colorado to the conference and their reactions to the breaking news about Willy Lyles. Video courtesy of KVAL.
• Ted Miller and George Schroeder speculate on what the future holds with the advent of the Pac-12 conference.
Miller: There's more intrigue to come. Scott is hard at work creating a Pac-12 network, which could end up being more than just a cable TV station. A partnership with a tech company such as Apple or Google, as first reported by Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, could be a game-changer, putting the conference at the forefront of the next generation of mobile broadcasting.
Schroeder: Though it’s finally official today, we’ve known for a year that Utah and Colorado were coming aboard. And after being stuck in ’78 for so many years, the league recently accelerated, trying to catch up with — and if Scott has anything to say about it, to pass — the rest of college sports.
• Ted Miller reports on the Yahoo interview with Willy Lyles that broke yesterday. The key statement being:
Lyles opened up in a wide-ranging interview, telling Yahoo! Oregon "paid for influence and access to players, not for scouting data" and that coach Chip Kelly "scrambled" to get Lyles to submit retroactive player profiles to justify the payment.
Doesn't sound good no matter how you spin it. Dale Newton expresses the sentiments a lot of us feel right now:
It was all so unnecessary. Chip Kelly was a dynamic, innovative coach. The Ducks had success, an exciting offense, fantastic facilities. They were getting better and competing, making inroads with top talent, winning games. It's a grave embarrassment for a coach who didn't have to do this. He could have succeeded on talent and drive and imagination. He didn't need a pimp.
We can only hope that is just a minor bump in the road and maybe some lessons have been learned.