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THE FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE in college football will change markedly in 2017-18 when it comes to TV rights distributions per school, and per conference. The Mercury News' Jon Wilner offered some excellent insight on what it means for the Pac-12, and the Pac-12 Networks, in his recent interview with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.

Among the takeaways: 

- Scott has no plans to offer an equity sale in the near future for the Pac-12 Networks: the conference intends to hold onto its 100 percent stake.
- There remains nothing new on the DirecTV front.
- Scott in the past has looked into partnerships with Twitter, Hulu, Amazon, Apple and Facebook.

“We looked at the landscape, weighed the pros and cons and decided to remain independent. We concluded” — the issue never came to a vote — “that we had the best model knowing it’s a very dynamic market... We believe it’s the optimal model for us... We are taking the longer-term view,” Scott says.

What is the longer-term view, considering the Pac-12 Networks is about to enter Year Five?

It could mean up to eight more years, says Wilner, before the Pac-12 catches up on the TV rights front once the Big Ten's deal kicks in next year.

In 2017-18, the Pac-12 schools will received approximately 55 percent as much TV revenue as the Big Ten -- a situation likely to exist for six-to-eight more years given the Pac-12's contract with ESPN and Fox runs through 2023-24. Put another way, Wilner estimates the per-school distributions for TV rights in the Pac-12 next year will be $22.5 million, while the Big Ten will dish out $41 million per school.

This is all especially of interest to Washington State, with Pac-12 reliance upon conference distributions varying by school. For Oregon, Wilner says, the conference paychecks are 20 or 25 percent of the total revenue haul. For Washington State, the percentage is closer to 50.

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NEW WSU PRESIDENT Kirk Shulz recently sat down with KING5's Chris Daniels. Shulz, who described himself as a cautious, curious, and an "apolitical" leader, said naming rights to WSU Facilities "needs to be something that's on the table."

WSU will also "identify every dollar before we start," on new projects, as opposed to recent projects including the Football Complex where WSU, through the use of bonds, begin construction before securing full funding. Shulz was also asked about Mike Leach's formal endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump last month at a rally in  Spokane.

"We gave him a set of guidelines and talked ahead of time and said he couldn't do this in an official Washington State capacity," said Schulz, who noted it was a personal choice for Leach. "I would generally prefer that major, recognized employees stay out of the political arena."  Shulz said as far as he knows there has been no lack of interest, donations, or support in the wake of Leach's endorsement. Here's the full interview:



THE LONG SAGA of whether OL Logan Tuley-Tillman would suit up for WSU has been settled. Tuley-Tillman tweeted out Wednesday night he's headed to Akron as a graduate transfer from Michigan.

The former Michigan o-lineman was dismissed from the football program in September before being charged with three felonies: two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. He officially visited Washington State in January and verbally committed to WSU. Soon after, he opened things back up, visited other schools and said he was still entertaining offers.

Wednesday marked the first definitive statement on his college plans. Independent prep sources told CF.C this week WSU had moved on from Tuley-Tillman some time ago. He was sentenced in March to two years probation.

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