Commissioner Larry Scott almost did a spit take when he was asked, by me, whether his conference lost the off-season because it lacked a quality scandal people could rally around.

Seriously, though, the Pac 12 sat idly by while everyone else grabbed our attention, ignoring that age-old adage: there is no such thing as bad publicity.

“I don’t agree with THAT,” Scott answered in mid-July, at Pac 12 media day, not far from the Hollywood Bowl, which this year pits the Pac 12’s No. 8 band against the brass section of the Boston Pops. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.