The Pac-10 is no longer a punch line.
USC's sanctions even advanced a national conversation about the insidious nature of agents.
The subject dominated recent Southeastern Conference media days after it was unearthed that unscrupulous agents might also a problem in other leagues.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban went so far as to compare agents to pimps, while SEC Commissioner Mike Slive sounded his own clarion call.
"This is a national problem that calls for a national strategy," Slive said.
Anyone have one?
Brace yourselves, though, as this off-season may have been only a preview of coming expansion distractions.
"The music has stopped . . . for now," said Scott, who still believes 16-school "super" conferences will someday dominate the landscape.