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Best quotes of the college football offseason

(Qnnflash) – As college football’s offseason unfolds, it’s a blend of anticipation and uncertainty. Coaches embrace the undefeated possibilities, fresh recruits energize the teams, and conditioning coaches tout peak physical form. Yet, in the absence of games, doubts loom about spring game brilliance translating into true-season success, and the lingering question of defense’s readiness nags.

Over the past 230 days, since the last season concluded, the West Coast witnessed a conference dissolve, with the entire Colorado Buffaloes squad urged by Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders to leap into the transfer portal. Amidst this, Lane Kiffin, coach of Ole Miss, declared college football a “disaster.”

Recapping this period is a vivid recollection of events in the words of those deeply involved.

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff expressed confidence in the conference’s unity despite Big 12’s potential poaching, emphasizing the impending media rights deal’s importance. The timing of the deal is strategic, capitalizing on a shifting media market.

Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark jubilantly heralded Colorado’s return to the conference. Oregon Ducks Coach Dan Lanning, however, downplayed Colorado’s recent achievements.

Kliavkoff presented a subscription-based Apple streaming deal to Pac-12 schools. Oregon and Washington then joined the Big Ten, while Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah joined Colorado in the Big 12. This realignment left the Pac-12 with only four teams: Cal, Stanford, Oregon State, and Washington State.

Washington State’s Pat Chun lamented years of leadership failures leading to Pac-12’s decline. He expressed the turmoil caused by uncertainty surrounding the conference’s existence.

The ACC’s internal drama unfolded with Florida State’s president, Robert McCullough, hinting at the possibility of leaving the conference due to revenue distribution issues. North Carolina’s Bubba Cunningham criticized FSU’s approach, urging them to fulfill their grant of rights before making decisions.

FSU’s Athletic Director, Michael Alford, acknowledged their intention to leave before the grant of rights expires in 2036. Notre Dame’s athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, discussed the potential inclusion of Stanford and Cal in the ACC, while acknowledging the need to secure a place for these academic institutions.

As uncertainties and changes continue to shape college football, the sport remains resilient, with the anticipation of the new season driving players, coaches, and fans forward.

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