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Pac-12 to limit contact in football practice, plus other news and notes from commissioner Larry Scott

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on June 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm with No Comments »
June 3, 2013 12:30 pm

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said there will be a reduction in contact at football practice going forward.

Scott held an extended conference call with reporters Monday morning, in which he said the conference will “codify” a standard for member schools when it comes to the amount of contact in football practice. Scott said the conference’s limit will be less than the NCAA’s limit.

Scott said more details will come on Pac-12 Football Media Day in Los Angeles on July 26.

Scott also said the conference has looked at what the NFL has done as a possible model.

One of the issues here will be how the conference will attempt to monitor and measure what counts as hitting. Scott said those things were still being worked out. It will be a very difficult task.

Other highlights from the conference call:

> Scott said the conference is working with each school to do more medical research in order to help sports injuries, in particular head trauma.

> Essentially, everything Scott said about DirecTV right now is the same thing he said last year. Says he’s not “optimistic.”

> Scott says they will have more info on the basketball officiating head in the next couple weeks. He avoided several follow-ups about the Ice Miller report and what will happen going forward between the conference and Arizona head coach Sean Miller. That relationship needs some healing.

> Scott said the conference is looking to “improve” the bowl games it participates in. Mentioned there should be more news on that within the next couple weeks.

> He also said he’s not too concerned at the moment that the SEC will remain at eight conference game while the Pac-12 is at nine. Scott said strength of schedule — both non-conference and in conference — will be a heavy measurement for the coming College Football Playoff.

> Scott said the Pac-12 Network is expected to be profitable in year one. He would not say how or if the profit would be redistributed to schools. He also said the network will add 200 more live events next season, going from 550 to 750.

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