Pac-12/Big10 deal dead; Stadium 'astonishing'

WELL THAT was quick. The Pac-12 / Big Ten scheduling partnership, announced in December and set to begin in 2017, has been called off. Meanwhile, Bud Withers of the Seattle Times recently toured Washington State's Football Project, calling the results "astonishing."

The Pac-12 approached the Big Ten in March according to the report on ESPN and said several of its members had reservations about a mandatory scheduling agreement.

Ultimately, at least four Pac-12 schools decided they would not accept mandatory scheduling, says ESPN, which did not cite sources.

The original deal in December was to step up interconference scheduling, cross-promote on respective television networks and set up academic and cultural exchanges. By 2017, each team's nonconference football schedule was to include one game against a team from the other league, tying the conferences to one another throughout the regular season and in all sports, though football and basketball were the primary focus.

For more on today's development, click here THE FIRST PHASE of the stadium rebuild won't be essentially complete until Aug. 15 but it's already earning rave reviews.

The first floor includes 1,183 club seats and 42 loge boxes, "branded" artwork and more. The second floor includes 21 luxury suites of 12, 18 and 24 people each, plus single-ticket suite buyers. The third floor press box is massive in comparison to the old one.

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