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As 2022 football season nears, questions aplenty for Pac-12 commish

Commissioner and coaches of embattled league will meet with members of the media later this month at annual football media day gathering

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Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff speaks during Pac-12 basketball media day Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in San Francisco.

Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff speaks during Pac-12 basketball media day Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in San Francisco. Later the month Kliavkoff will be fielding a new batch of questions at the 2022 football media day.

Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

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We’re just a couple of weeks away from Pac-12 football media day in Los Angeles.

It will be a chance for commissioner George Kliavkoff to discuss the state of the league after USC and UCLA announced they will be headed to the Big Ten in 2024.

It appears that after much speculation and many rumors, realignment talk has slowed down. For now, it seems, the Pac-12 will remain intact. Soon, the focus will be on what happens on the field.

Still, there will be plenty going on behind the scenes during the coming months. Media rights negotiations between the Pac-12 and ESPN are happening; there could be lawsuits coming; there will be talk about mergers or “loose partnerships.”

Certainly, college football looks much different now than it did 20 years ago. And change will continue to take place.

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Comments from Deseret News readers

The writing seemed to be on the wall for the B12 a few times, regarding survival. But they did. The writing seems to be on the wall for the Pac-12 folding now — however long that may take. Will they pull a B12 and survive? Well, this time around it feels different. Not because the team I cheer for is in the Pac-12, but because of the direction of realignment. TX, OU, USC and UCLA moving to 1 of 2 conferences is different. Geography is no longer a thing. It’s all about media market and brand revenue. This feels like a different sort of signal, this time around. A lot of things will be looked at, explored and possibly tried. Will any of it matter? I guess we will find out.

— ArizonaUte

If you are not in the new P2, then anything is up for grabs and nothing is certain.

1. SEC and B1G (in order) = Congrats, you made it to the top-tier. You have secured your relevance in the future of FBS. No reason to change realignment, ever. Welcome to the P2 (i.e., FBS and money nirvana).

2. ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, MWC, AAC (in order) = Congrats. Welcome to the new G5. You most likely have secured at least some relevance in the future of FBS (maybe even significant relevance long term), but you may have to be scrappy and shuffle realignment to ultimately get to where you want to be. It is likely you will succeed, but there is no guaranty that you or even your current conference will ultimately survive long-term in this game.

3. Sun Belt, MAC and Conference USA (in order) = Sorry, you are at the bottom ... in the new LG3. You most likely will not succeed to secure relevance in the future of FBS. You have no choice but to aggressively perform, realign ... or quit. Chances are, you are already out of the game. Many are wondering why you are still here?

— Captain Jack Sparrow Lives

As much as it hurt to lose TJ (Pledger) — this opens the door a little wider for (Micah Bernard) who is a wonderful player and who always seems to make positive things happen. Already a beloved Ute.

— xert

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