6.15: Blaine Fowler on Utah to Pac-10
The Mountain West Sports Network's Blaine Fowler discusses Utah's defection to the Pac-10.
College sports landscape sifting as we speak yet to get more on you -- joining the pac ten we bring in. Blaine Fowler of the mountain sports network -- -- thanks for the time and let's right now right off the back are you surprised that Utah will be joined in the pac ten. Well I'm not surprised we're kinda back to what everyone was talking about a few months ago when there was. There was talk that you -- was part of expansion plans for the for the pac ten to go to twelve teams in. We get a conference championship game and all of the craziness. Broke loose with the the talk of the break up the big twelve and I guess we're just kind of backed where we started everyone here's been talking about the possibility of Utah and pac ten expand expansion for for quite some time. You talking compete on the tip top levels we do know that -- but commit to compete consistently coming out of the Mountain West Conference and a super conference like the pac ten. I don't know like I think it's going to be tough you know I I think way way back to when Arizona Arizona State left field -- came in. In Arizona State with a dominating program in the old black and and you know everyone thought that they would compete regularly and Whitman struggled they've had some good years but they've not consistently -- At the top of the league and I think it doesn't change you talk ability to recruit a little bit I think they'll get. The some of the top players but in the inner mountain west that in the past have left I think. You know recently like a guy looking not at -- -- you -- it couldn't have gone to Oregon in. I think the you tell will be able to keep those kids in state and recruit a little better in -- in intermountain west but but to compete year any year out. In the pac ten is going to be tough thing for them. How would you tough Blaine as big as it has been especially in particular -- -- We know what they've done in football most recently what about basketball basketball was also. Kind of a piece of the puzzle a lot of people really aren't talking about can they compete on the level of the UCLA. In an Oregon and Oregon State to and the Arizona State. Well. You know when you think back payment they have banned. Very good in basketball over the position they're just a couple years removed from the sweet sixteen appearance. -- and the last couple years they have struggled they just lost that a couple of starters that transferred out we just heard of any offseason this year so. They are in rebuilding mode but it is the program. With a very storied tradition. They've been up and they've played final four they've played in the championship game they won national championships. And I think Chris -- the athletic director in the staff there along with kimbo on the head coach have their eyes on turn this thing around. Right now how they compete well they've they've struggled they're not going to be great next year Tom but it that the program that has the potential to compete. Our regular basis they just have to get this thing turned around in and get it back to the glory days in the glory days. Aren't that long. Ago. Lane overall last questions for you a better moves or Utah or the -- here. I think to better move her for Utah I I think. You know when went Larry Scott put this whole thing emotion I really think he had his sights set on this. This super conference the sixteen teams in. And the additional revenue and I heard numbers that in the range of twenty million per team for that thing in. And I think this with a backup plan for him you know an extended that the invitation to Colorado I really think that Larry Scott felt that was. In a little bit of bait to get the rest of the big twelve over. And that I think it is the backup plan at this point so I think it's good it will bring him some additional revenue may need additional million or so per team in the conference. But it won't have a huge impact on the pac ten but for Utah it's huge it's a big deal -- -- we'll improve the recruiting and it puts them on the map to get them the really wanted to be. An automatic qualifying conference why I think. You decide the big winner here I think it's it's it's good for the pac ten that to get them. In to a position where they can hold championship. Game above but I think it's a great thing -- big -- huge upgrade. I think just getting teams to get that championship game for them. -- Blaine Fowler the mound sports network a -- thank you for the time and information.