TUCSON, Ariz. – Pacific-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday night the conference has tabled the discussion of a uniform injury report provided by each school, and that the conference having a consistent report in the future is “unlikely.”
Scott was in Tucson on Saturday night to watch the Washington-Arizona game. He has been going from school to school to discuss various issues around the conference.
Conference athletic directors discussed the possibility of a uniform injury report during their meeting in early October. At that meeting, there was a lot of push-back from several ADs who had coaches at their schools adamantly opposed to a policy.
So, the conference has tabled the topic. Unless something happens nationally, there will not be a policy in the conference.
Scott also said conference schools have approximately $1.5 billion in development projects for basketball and football going on. Those include projects like the Husky Stadium renovation and work being done to Arizona Stadium, among others.
That’s a success he can point to. But, the conference is still grappling with DirectTV.
Scott said there was nothing new to report about negotiations with one of the country’s leading television providers.
“They’re not showing any signs of being willing to take the network right now,” Scott said. “We’ve done everything we think we can, which is to offer them similar terms to what DISH has taken it at and to what the 45 cable companies have taken it at.
“Unfortunately, Direct is not listening to their customers. I know our fans are concerned about (it). I know they’re making sure DirectTV hears about it. There have been over 80,000 emails sent to DirectTV.”
Basketball starts Nov. 11, which is another marker in negotiations.
“I’m frustrated, but not surprised,” Scott said.
Offensive lineman Ben Riva started at right tackle with James Atoe at right guard. Riva fractured his forearm in the opener against San Diego State and hadn’t played since. He dressed but did not play last week against USC. Riva’s start Saturday was yet another juggle of the right side of Washington’s offensive line. Mike Criste also received time at right guard, and freshman Shane Brostek did not play.
In addition to Riva, linebacker/safety Shaq Thompson started after injuring his lower left leg against USC last week.
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