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PAC-12 schedule released

The PAC-12 has released the 2012 schedule, solidifying the idea that a ton of points will be scored starting very early on. September starts with Toledo taking a trip to Arizona, and Washington State opening up with BYU. Jim Mora will get his career started at UCLA with a trip to Rice and Gus Malzahn will kick things off with a trip to Oregon.

Full schedule listed below.

Thur., Aug. 30

Northern Colorado at Utah

Sat., Sept. 1
Toledo at Arizona
Northern Arizona at Arizona State
Hawai’i at USC
UCLA at Rice
Nevada at California
San Jose State at Stanford
Arkansas State at Oregon
Nichols State at Oregon State
San Diego State at Washington
Washington State at BYU
Colorado vs. Colorado State (1)

Sat. Sept. 8
Oklahoma State at Arizona
Illinois at Arizona State
Southern Utah at California
USC vs. Syracuse (2)
Nebraska at UCLA
Duke at Stanford
Fresno State at Oregon
Wisconsin at Oregon State
Washington at LSU
Eastern Washington at Washington State
Sacramento State at Colorado
Utah at Utah State

Sat., Sept. 15
South Carolina State at Arizona
Arizona State at Missouri
USC at Stanford
Houston at UCLA
California at Ohio State
Tennessee Tech at Oregon
Portland State at Washington
Washington State at UNLV
Colorado at Fresno State
BYU at Utah

Sat., Sept. 22

Arizona at Oregon
Utah at Arizona State
California at USC
Oregon State at UCLA
Colorado at Washington State

Thur., Sept. 27
Stanford at Washington

Sat., Sept. 29
Oregon State at Arizona
Arizona State at California
UCLA at Colorado
Oregon at Washington State

Thurs., Oct. 4
USC at Utah

Sat., Oct. 6
Arizona at Stanford
UCLA at California
Washington at Oregon
Washington State at Oregon State

Thurs., Oct. 11
Arizona State at Colorado

Sat., Oct. 13
USC at Washington
Utah at UCLA
California at Washington State
Stanford at Notre Dame
Oregon State at BYU

Thurs., Oct. 18
Oregon at Arizona State

Sat., Oct. 20
Washington at Arizona
Colorado at USC
Stanford at California
Utah at Oregon State

Sat., Oct. 27
USC at Arizona
UCLA at Arizona State
California at Utah
Washington State at Stanford
Colorado at Oregon
Oregon State at Washington

Fri., Nov. 2
Washington at California

Sat., Nov. 3
Arizona at UCLA
Arizona State at Oregon State
Oregon at USC
Stanford at Colorado
Washington State at Utah

Sat., Nov. 10
Colorado at Arizona
Arizona State at USC
UCLA at Washington State
Oregon at California
Oregon State at Stanford
Utah at Washington

Sat., Nov. 17
Arizona at Utah
Washington State at Arizona State
USC at UCLA
California at Oregon State
Stanford at Oregon
Washington at Colorado

Fri., Nov. 23
Arizona State at Arizona
Washington at Washington State
Utah at Colorado

Sat., Nov. 24
Notre Dame at USC
Stanford at UCLA
Oregon at Oregon State

Fri., Nov. 30
Pac-12 Football Championship Game

Neutral Sites
(1) Invesco Field, Denver, Colo.
(2) MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Note: All Washington home games will be played at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash. 




Video: National Championship teaser

Only five more days until the kickoff of the National title game.

LSU football staff released a video yesterday highlighting some prominent sports reporters picking Alabama to win...strategically followed by some highlights reminding us how good LSU is. Love it.

Quick reminder, the National Championship game begins shortly after the FootballScoop Happy Hour in San Antonio, thus Les won't be able to make an appearance this year. He did send word though that since the turf in the Superdome isn't ProGrass he won't be eating any. Les only eats the best. 




The impact of a successful football program to a university

LSU Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Joe Alleva issued a letter to fans yesterday reminding them of the impact that a successful football program can have on a university. More importantly, the letter gives the fans a unique perspective inside of the athletic department.

Instead of paraphrasing the info and thoughts that Alleva included in the letter, we have decided to include it below for you to see in its entirety.  

Dear Tiger Fan,

As we welcome a New Year and as the LSU Tigers prepare to play in their third BCS National Championship Game in nine seasons, it is a good time to reflect on the value of a successful football program and the impact athletics can have on a University and the surrounding community.

Just last week, Forbes Magazine ranked the LSU football program the best in the SEC and in the top five in the country among "College Football's Most Valuable Teams."  It measured programs primarily for their financial impact on their universities and revenue generated for other sports teams in their athletics programs.

We say it often but it cannot be said too much - LSU Athletics uses no state tax dollars and no student fees.  All funding for the athletics program comes from ticket sales, radio and TV revenues, concessions and merchandise sales, corporate sponsorships, Southeastern Conference revenue distribution and private donations.

In fact, LSU has one of the few athletics programs in the country - and the only one in Louisiana -- that not only fully funds its entire operations and capital outlay but also contributes back to the financial well-being of the university.

As state general appropriations for LSU has dropped by $92 million over the last three years, the Athletic Department has stepped forward to assume even a greater financial burden in support of the University.  You may have read last week that, to help the university survive an $8.1 million mid-year budget cut, the Athletic Department will take on $1.5 million for funding the Academic Center for Student-Athletes.  That is only the tip of the iceberg of what Athletics does for LSU.

Consider the following.  In the last 10 years the Athletic Department has contributed to the University more than $5 million to enhance the appearance of the campus, such as replace and repair sidewalks, protect the oaks and magnolia trees and build paved areas for students to enjoy between classes.

The Athletic Department has contributed more than $4 million in the last decade for classroom repairs and renovations including the replacement of hundreds of chairs and desks, many of which were decades old.

The Athletic Department has also spent more than $5 million in the last 10 years to build or assist with the building of parking lots that are used not only for sporting events but for the day-to-day use of students, faculty and staff.

And the success of the Athletics program helps drive logo licensing sales, generating more than $34 million over the last decade, half of which is retained by the University.

In the last two academic years alone, Athletics contributed more than $7 million to the academic side of the University, including $3.4 for the construction of a new Band Hall, $1.3 million toward the construction of a new complex for the College of Business plus regular contributions to the Campus Beautification Fund at $1.3 million, the Classroom Renovation Fund at $1 million and the Chancellor's Excellence Fund at $400,000.

When we say LSU Athletics is self-sustaining, it is truly a boat on its own bottom.  Besides generating all of its own revenues, the Athletic Department pays five percent of its revenues to the University each year to compensate for campus services such as LSU Police, accounting services, purchasing, human resource management and so on.  Last year Athletics paid $4.4 million to the University for these purposes.

Meanwhile, the Athletic Department is financially responsible for maintaining all athletics facilities, including payment for utilities, as well as game day costs such as cleanup and security. And some athletics facilities are regularly used as classrooms.

A fact that often goes overlooked is that the Athletic Department pays tuition and fees for all 450 of its scholarship student-athletes.  Athletics paid nearly $9.8 million in scholarship costs last year alone, making it one of the University's best customers.

In all, in the academic year 2010-11, the Athletic Department passed nearly $17 million to the University for services provided, scholarship costs and direct contributions. Meanwhile, it took zero dollars away from the academic mission of the University.

There are other great benefits for a university to have an ultra-successful athletics program.  It has been shown that in the year following a national championship, enrollment to the school increases and private donations soar.

It has also been shown that a successful athletics program plays a vital role in its community.  The existence of LSU Athletics means millions of dollars to the local economy.  Businesses do better, hotels are full, restaurants are booked, sporting goods sales are up and grocery store lines are backed up when the Tigers win.

Thank you for the role you play in making LSU Athletics as successful as it is.  The passion of our fans is what sets Tiger sports apart from the rest.  The tickets, hot dogs, Cokes and merchandise you buy, the donations you make and your support of our sponsors give our student-athletes the tools they need to win and to graduate and provides for a better University for all students.  Your passion and enthusiasm lead directly to the success of our students, the epitome of our Love Purple/Live Gold motto.

As you settle onto your sofa or into your easy chair in front of the television next Monday night, or as you take your seat in the Superdome to watch LSU play Alabama for the national championship, you can take pride that your athletics program makes a difference and does it the right way.

As always, we welcome your comments at [email protected]  Unfortunately we cannot answer every e-mail we receive, but please be assured they are all read.

Geaux Tigers!

  Joe Alleva

 

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics

 




Video: IU Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell

New Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell took some time to talk to a reporter yesterday about his newest assignment at Indiana.

Coach Littrell talks about his background coaching with Kevin Wilson, as well as his offensive philosophy in the clip below.




Wednesday TV

Orange Bowl on tonight featuring West Virginia and Clemson.

Reminder, all times are eastern.

NFL:

No games.

College:

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. West Virginia - 8 - ESPN

High School:

No games.




Dooley looking for "the right guys"

Vols head coach Derek Dooley held a press conference this morning to address some key issues surrounding the Tennessee program.

When asked about a time frame for filling the open positions on his staff Dooley said that the time frame is complex because of recruiting and that "we aren't going to compromise who we get in order to get it done".

Dooley made it clear towards the end of the clip that there has been an "unbelievable amount of interest" in coaches interested in coming to Tennessee to coach on the defensive side of the ball.




Super Bowl ads

If you were hoping to lock up a Super Bowl ad this year, it looks like you've run out of time.

The last of the 30 second spots were locked up around Thanksgiving, at a cost of $3.5 million per slot.

Seth Winter, the senior VP of sales and marketing for NBC's sports group said "We have shattered any recent revenue stories in regards to the Super Bowl". At $3.5 million for 30 seconds...we don't find that too hard to believe.

Last year, Super Bowl XLV set a record for the most viewers with 111 million, making it the most watched American television show ever. The Business Insider highlighted the increasing cost of ad space back in February, and the chart can be found below.

SuperBowlAdCost




Class move by Gundy

After the Cowboys big Fiesta Bowl overtime win over Stanford last night, Rece Davis asked Gundy if he wanted to take the opportunity to dance in front of the faithful fans that had made the trip.

Instead, Gundy opted to avoid the youtube spotlight, and used the moment to honor the late Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke by having his wife come up and share in the spotlight with the trophy.

Class move by Coach Gundy.