The Pac 12 announced the site for the next three Football Championship games as newly opened Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home of the 49'ers. The only power conference that did not host their season finale in a "neutral" site, Commissioner Larry Scott must have felt a need to follow what the popular kids were doing. Levi's is neutral if you aren't Stanford or Cal. This "neutral" site is only 15 miles from the Stanford campus and a short trip across the bay from Berkeley. Rewarding the team with the best record was unique to the Pac 12, but follow as a little puppy Scott must, and off the Pac goes to the glitz and glamour of the Big Pants. So long college atmosphere, hello Hollywood.
I have been an outspoken opponent of college athletes receiving pay for play, but what the hell, if the conference is rewarding a pro stadium with the game, pay the kids.
Hey, and how about if we make going to classes and earning credits optional. If the Pac 12 is in for innovation, take it all the way. Is Commissioner Scott, a modern day version of Mr. Applegate from Damn Yankees, willing to ink more deals?