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Dots: The More Things Change

A new Pac-12 commissioner, a softball victory, and an impending basketball commitment?

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 28 Utah at Washington Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Pac-12 Commissioner Dots

  • You’ve probably heard before just now but the Pac-12 announced that it hired MGM executive George Kliavkoff to be the new commissioner. Just like Larry Scott he enters the job with no previous college sports experience. He does however have a background in sports media rights and portends a move of the conference headquarters to Las Vegas.
  • Mike Vorel has his thoughts on the new hire after hearing his opening press conference.
  • The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel writes that Kliavkoff seems to have the right priorities if he wants to make Pac-12 football’s appearances in the CFP a regular occurrence.

Basketball Dots

  • Eastside Catholic/Wasatch Academy 4-star PG Nolan Hickman, who recently decommitted from Kentucky, announced his new top-3 schools. Despite having said repeatedly that closeness to home was a major factor in what he was looking for now, the Huskies did not make the cut while Auburn and Kansas did. Seems on the up and up.
  • Perhaps not coincidentally, TCU transfer PJ Fuller stated yesterday on social media he was ready to announce a decision...and then didn’t. Fuller’s impending commitment to UW appears to be just about the worst kept secret on the interwebs and presumably the delay is due to an edit or video needing to get finished.
  • Poor Nigel Williams-Goss...wait I mean anonymous person with the initials NWG
  • If you aren’t prepared to kill and/or die for Matisse Thybulle are you really a true Husky fan? (I would never presume to tell someone what qualifies them for being a fan. But really now, how can you not love Matisse with every fiber in your being?)

Washington Athletics Dots

Bonus Dot

  • I hope Jimmy Lake checks out this article from Bill Connelly noting that each of the 5 most recent national champions were led by a 1st round pick QB and that the game manager as a winning strategy has fallen by the wayside.