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Updated May 14, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Dear Larry Scott, Know your audience

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott talks to the media during the NCAA college football Pac-12 Media Day on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Culver City, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Don't do it!

Don't make that announcement!

Stop the the press conference!

I have the sneaking suspicion that Larry Scott is about to make his second mistake as commissioner of the Pac-12. I think that mistake is coming Thursday.

Larry Scott has been nails as commissioner. Other than the handling of the officiating issues at the Pac-12 Tournament in 2013, everything Scott has touched has turned to gold. The last time America went from the level of ineptitude before a change to this level of excellence, Ulysses S. Grant became general-in-chief of the United States Army.

Thursday, the Pac-12 will announce the football championship game will no longer be held at the home of the division champ with the best record. The only positive to this decision is this will be the biggest mistake in Larry Scott's tenure, so it's all uphill from here.

Obviously, the Pac-12 hasn't realized this: YOU'RE NOT THE SEC!

It's not about whether or not you play better football. The decision to move the championship game to a neutral site will expose Pac-12 fans even more. Pac-12 fans don't travel to their own team's games when they play at home. How are you going to get them to a neutral site? Thirty-thousand empty seats will look atrocious. Student ticket sales will be dramatically cut.

It was brilliant to put the game at campus sites because it brings a ready-made group of fans to the table.

Football is a religion in the South. Argue all you want whether it should be taken that seriously, but that's the reality. The Midwest, although a distant second, is far ahead of the West in football love. A Big Ten Championship game is in easy driving distance for any conference fan -- except for Rutgers and Maryland but that brings up a different topic. Therefore, the passion and ease of travel lead to sellouts, which will not happen in the Pac-12.

We will hear how great the basketball tournament has become by moving to Las Vegas. The subject of how majestic Levi's Stadium is will come up as a draw for fans. The commissioner is sure to say how great a weekend in San Francisco will be for Pac-12 fans. Everything will be set up as a great moment in Pac-12 history, until the game actually kicks off.

I hope the Pac-12 Network records the applause at the press conference for use later. The cheering will be much louder on Thursday celebrating the game than it will be in December at the game.

About the Author

School: Ohio University...Go Bobcats!

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: 1st Doug & Wolf Show: 1/2/07

Favorite sports memory: Goldschmidt's triple icing the 2011 NL West title because it was a daddy-daughter day at the ballpark and Bellbrook vs. Dunbar '89 when I hit my one varsity HR.

Favorite all-time athlete: as a kid, an adult, Grant Hill

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams

Best sports road trip: My Saturday...Braves vs. Reds Sunday Night...Cooperstown Monday through Thursday morning...Jennifer sings the Anthem Thursday night at Fenway... Sox/White Sox triple play and cycle in the same game for only the second time in baseball history...Saturday night Clemens strikes out 9 through 7 but the bullpen blows it and the crowd is furious.

Best game I've ever seen live: Suns/Spurs Game 5 2007 Western Semis (the game w/o Amare & Boris). Hated the outcome but loved the experience.


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