The Morning Stake | 2021.01.21

The Lady Raiders notched their second straight win (on the road no less), taking down Kansas 75-65. Balanced scoring led the way with 4 players in double-figures, Lexi Gordon with 15, Vivian Gray with 14, Naje Murray with 11, and Alexis Tucker with 17.

Very cool to get the Big 12 Athletes of the Week in track and field (I don’t know how many other programs were in action, but no matter).

Via Mercury News’ Jon Wilner, the Pac-12 and Larry Scott are finally parting ways, and will leave as the Pac-12 Commissioner in June, a year early. The Pac-12 has never enjoyed a major television deal like the other conferences, has never been on DirecTV and the new commissioner will negotiate the new TV deal:

Scott is under contract through the summer of 2022 and will be paid for the remainder of the deal. He earns approximately $5.5 million per year (without pandemic reductions).

The decision followed what the conference described as “ongoing discussions” between Scott and the member schools’ presidents and chancellors.

The thunderous development means Scott will not lead the Pac-12’s media rights negotiations that are vital to the future of the conference and expected to begin in late 2022.

Without being really plugged in to the conference, this seems like a move that will make the Pac-12 stronger because Scott seemed to be really good at not completely reading the room about how conferences would be able to benefit from television deals.

Mid-term enrollees have moved in!

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