Dickert speaks on future of Pac-12 conference

This marked the first time head coach Jake Dickert addressed the media on the subject since the future of the Pac-12 looked bleak.

LOS ANGELES – Pac-12 Media Day kicked off this afternoon and the big question on everyone’s mind was the future of the conference.

Commissioner George Kliavkoff was bombarded with questions about the future of the conference. He spoke about the need to protect the Pac-12 from the Big 12.

It seems it has become a conference war.

“I spent four weeks defending myself against shells being thrown in from all corners of the Big 12 trying to destabilize our remaining conference,” Kliavkoff said. “I can understand why they are doing it when you look at the relative media value between the two conferences. I get it, I get why they’re scared, why they’re trying to destabilize it.”

While poaching Pac-12 teams can be difficult at other conferences, Kliavkoff tries to focus on keeping the conference intact.

“I focus on what we can control. What we can control is to do whatever we can to keep the Pac-12 healthy and strong and do it together, we 10. That’s what my focus is. I don’t focus on what other conferences are doing,” Kliavkoff said.

As for Washington State, this was the first time head coach Jake Dickert addressed the media on the subject since the future of the Pac-12 looked bleak.

He believes the conference will stay here and continue as a power conference.

“I think we have new challenges ahead, but I’m very excited for the future of Pac-12 and Pac-12 football. I think we have the right leadership team in George, our commissioner, and his leadership because they are solution-oriented. I think everyone wants progress but nobody wants change,” Dickert said. “I talk to our boys all the time, change is inevitable in life. College football is changing very, very quickly. But I know because we’re solution-oriented Having leaders in the Pac-12 and we have a great lead in Washington State, I think the Pac-12 will be here and thrive for a very long time.”

Dickert later added another vote of confidence to the conference.

“Make no mistake, the Pac-12 will be around in these power conferences for a long time to play big football,” Dickert said.

The Cougs open fall camp on Wednesday, August 3rd.

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