September 4, 2012 |
Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” supporting President Obama's reelection bid, raised $10 million in August, its most lucrative month of the campaign so far. The haul was first reported by the New York Times and confirmed to the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau by strategist Bill Burton, one of two former White House aides running the group. Burton did not specify any notable donors who stepped up in August; those names will be revealed Sept. 20 when the group files its monthly finance report with the Federal Election Commission.
June 8, 2012 |
Dwayne Jarrett was quick. His career in pro football was quicker. The former standout receiver from USC, who left school as the Pac-10's all-time leader in touchdown catches, has retired from football at 25. The Saskatchewan Roughriders, the last stop on his playing tour, announced his decision this week. Jarrett, who was cut by the Carolina Panthers in 2010, three years after they selected him in the second round, was hoping to restart his career in the Canadian Football League.
March 20, 2012 |
It was a tense negotiation. Fox Sports and ESPN were paying about $54 million a year for the TV rights to Pac-12 Conference games. The Pac-12 guys wanted five times that. And a 12-year commitment. The networks were so taken aback that a top executive sarcastically asked if the Pac-12 was smoking something, according to people who witnessed the exchange but spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the deal. But in the end, the two sides agreed to the biggest TV rights contract in college sports history — a 12-year, $3-billion deal, which works out to a per-year average of $250 million.
October 20, 2011 |
From Tucson -- What could be worse for Rick Neuheisel than his team rolling over dead on national TV? Worse than the embarrassment of not being able to tackle anyone, cover the opposition or stop one of the worst teams in the country from scoring seemingly every time it had the ball? What could be worse than appearing so inept on offense against a team ranked 116th in the nation on defense? Worse than being party to a classless brawl? How about this: "Mr. Guerrero is unavailable for comment," a UCLA spokesman said at halftime.
September 22, 2011 |
Don't mess with … Pullman? These are fascinating days for purveyors of dark comedy and comeuppance. Last year, Texas wrecked what was then the Pacific 10 Conference's plan to expand to 16 teams when the Longhorns reneged in the 11th hour. Tuesday night, as college football stood at the precipice of upheaval, the West told Texas, "go east" and sang the old Texas song: "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. " This wasn't the Cuban missile crisis by the factor of infinity, but it's been an interesting "Ten Days in September" for brinkmanship.
September 14, 2011 |
Texas may or may not end up in the Pacific 12 Conference. Larry Scott, the Pac-12's commissioner, tried to lure the Longhorns last year before his dream for a 16-team super league was squashed — or maybe only deferred. Texas once held a big stack of expansion chips, but was last seen in Norman begging Oklahoma not to go west. (Which is probably not going to work.) Can Texas hold the fractious Big 12 Conference together? Will the Longhorns go independent? Texas to the Atlantic Coast Conference is this minute's rumor.