Before we get to the #5 College Football Head Coach on the current Coaches Hot Seat Rankings…
Darrell Hazell, Purdue
…we must first address a simmering issue here in Pac-12 Country which is…
The Epic Damn Failure that is the Pac-12 Network!
Consider this headline and story in the Seattle Times from the middle of March:
“Despite increasing ticket sales by almost $1 million and decreasing operating expenses by about three quarters of a million dollars, the Washington State athletic department closed its 2015 fiscal year with a deficit of more than $13 million.
This marks the second year in a row that the Cougars have incurred a $13 million deficit, but it actually fell from $13,714,442 in 2014 to $13,274,324 in 2015 – a difference of $440,118.
Athletic director Bill Moos addressed the deficit in a letter sent to WSU athletics donors Tuesday in which he highlighted that Cougars have the Pac-12’s second-lowest expense budget and spend about $12 million less than the conference average.
“Our revenues have increased significantly since 2010, and I believe WSU Athletics is positioned well to continue our upward trajectory in terms of revenue generation,” Moos wrote in the letter.
WSU took in $43,112,605 in operating revenue in 2015 – $314,212 less than the year before. This stems in part from a $400,901 decrease in contributions.
The Cougars also took in significantly less in Pac-12 Networks distribution revenue — $1.4 million – than they had hoped. WSU originally had projected the Pac-12 Networks’ distribution revenue at around $5 million or $6 million per school.
“We were being optimistic trying to compare it to the Big Ten Network, even though their footprint is significantly larger, because we own 100 percent of ours and they own 49 percent of their network,” Moos said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “They grew very fast, to almost $10 million per school. We were looking conservatively, by now, being at about $5 or $6 million. We thought that was fairly realistic.”
Still, things haven’t gone as well for the Pac-12 Networks as hoped, and the fact that the conference has yet to reach a deal with DirecTV remains a sticking point, and the subject of ongoing negotiations.”
Yep…the Pac-12 Network has left many Pac-12 schools which were anticipating and some would say were PROMISED that by now they would be receiving Millions of Dollars MORE in revenue now find themselves making a Helluva lot less than Big Ten and SEC schools primarily because….
The Epic Damn Failure that is the Pac-12 Network!
Samuel Chi writing at The Post Game summed up the Total Disaster that is the Pac-12 Network in a recent story with the headline…
…and Chi goes on to write in the story…
“Pac-12 fans from the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains are hopping mad. March Madness is heating up but you wouldn’t know it if you live in Pac-12 country.
Among the power conferences (and we’re counting the Power 5 in football plus the Big East and American Athletic), the Pac-12’s tournament games will be the least visible — no matter where you live. Of the 11 conference games, eight are carried on the Pac-12 Network, including one of the semifinals, and the rest are on FS1.
By now you probably already know that compared to the Big Ten Network (BTN) and SEC Network, the Pac-12’s distribution both nationally and within the conference’s own footprint is abysmal. Whereas the BTN and SECN reach around 70 million households each around the country, the Pac-12 Network is only in 12 million homes.
If you don’t live in the six states where Pac-12 schools are located, there is little chance that you’ll see much of the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday. That probably includes the NCAA selection committee, which will be holed up in an Indianapolis hotel room this weekend.
But this gets better … er, worse. Even if you’re a Pac-12 fan with access to the Pac-12 Network, you’re still not going to get all the Pac-12 tournament games this week. Now in its fourth season of existence, the network has heavily regionalized its content. That means if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you will end up with some taped rerun of Washington-Washington State or Oregon-Oregon State instead of live USC-UCLA on Wednesday.
Yep, that’s right. Despite the fact that the Pac-12 has both national and regional feeds, most local carriers only provide access to the regional feed. That means in almost all cases, the fans only get to see live games involving teams in their region. If you’re a Stanford fan living in Phoenix, unless the Cardinal are playing Arizona or ASU, you’re out of luck.
This ludicrous programming model helps to explain why that while the BTN and SECN are bringing in close to $10 million annually for each conference school in the Big Ten and SEC, the Pac-12 Network is barely clearing $1 million per school (before expenses). The Pac-12 Network certainly isn’t picking up any new subscribers and is losing some of the few that it has.
And the future looks bleaker. The Pac-12 still does not have a distribution agreement with DirecTV, the biggest sports content provider nationally among cable/satellite carriers. DirecTV was bought last summer by AT&T, one of the Pac-12’s main business partners, and yet commissioner Larry Scott has so far failed to cut a deal — and there’s no end in sight.”
Got….The Epic Damn Failure that is the Pac-12 Network?
Why the Hell YES you do Son and why YOUR Sorry Ass Should Be Fired….
Memo to Pac-12 Conference Presidents and Athletic Directors Meeting In Phoenix Right Damn Now:
Larry Scott is NOT going to fix the Pac-12 Network because to fix the Pac-12 Network Larry Scott would have to admit his strategy of cutting deals with smaller satellite and cable operators and not DirecTV first was WRONG and torpedoed the Pac-12 Network from the very first Damn day and we must note in this spot that Larry Scott is a Harvard grad and thus Larry Scott is a…
Pompous Arrogant Ass that has NEVER been wrong during his Precious Life on this Earth
…and thus why if YOU Pac-12 Presidents and Athletic Directors want to fix the Pac-12 Network and if YOU give a Damn about the future of the Pac-12 Conference you need to…
Fire Larry Scott’s Ass….TODAY
….and hire someone that actually knows what the Hell he is doing like us here at Coaches Hot Seat that if hired tomorrow to run the Pac-12 Network would…
Find A Strong Cable and/or Network Partner to work with the Pac-12 Network
Get the Damn Pac-12 Network on DirecTV and every Damn other Major Cable and Satellite Operator in America!
Oh…but we actually have a Lick of Common Sense something Larry Scott does not have and NEVER will have since he is too Damn worried about his own Sorry Ivy League Ass and fretting over his public image….in our humble opinion of course!
This is all very Damn simple….the Pac-12 Conference has actually gone….
…since Larry Scott was hired as the commissioner of the Pac-12 in 2010 and things will only get worse in the future unless something is done like…TODAY…to get the Pac-12 Conference back-on-track beginning with the…
Firing of Larry Scott!
Frankly,,,there are LOTS of Pac-12 school alums at Coaches Hot Seat and we are just flat-out embarrassed at how far the Pac-12 Conference and Pac-12 Network has fallen behind the Big Ten and SEC Conferences and if the Presidents and Athletic Directors of the Pac-12 schools are willing to accept MEDIOCRITY then they are Sorry Damn Excuses for Leaders and are like Larry Scott a Damn Embarrassment to the great history and tradition of the Pac-12!
Geez…we could go on for awhile discussing this subject and there is a Helluva lot our lawyers will not let us write in this spot but alas it’s time to move on since we have said our peace…AGAIN….about the listing ship that is the Pac-12 Conference and with that we move to…
Darrell Hazell, Purdue Head Football Coach
4 th season at Purdue
Overall Head Coaching Record (Purdue + Kent State): 22 – 40
Purdue Overall Record: 6 – 30
Big Ten Record: 2 – 22
Here at Coaches Hot Seat we have two numbers for every FBS football program which we label…
Historical Win Number = The Number of Wins a FBS football program has generally won per season over the last 25 years
Season Win Number = How Many Wins a FBS football program should win in upcoming season based upon the talent they have and the talent they should have IF they had a “decent” head football coach
When considering the Purdue football program we now have as the…
Historical Win Number
6 Wins Per Season
….and for Purdue football in 2016 we have the….
Season Win Number
…meaning that Purdue football in 2016 in his 4 th year coaching the Boilermakers SHOULD win…
6 Football Games!
So let’s see here….Darrell Hazell has won…
6 Football Games in 3 Seasons on the job
2 Big Ten Games in 3 Seasons on the job
…which works out to averages of….
2 Wins Overall Per Season
.67 Big Ten Wins Per Season
In the previous 16 seasons at Purdue under head coaches Danny Hope and Joe Tiller the Purdue football program averaged…
6.81 Wins Overall Per Season
4.13 Big Ten Wins Per Season
Yes…by any measure we can think of…
Darrell Hazell has MASSIVELY underperformed as the head football coach at Purdue and everyone knows that anything less than 6….maybe 5 wins….and Darrell Hazell is DONE coaching the Boilermakers before we all go shopping for Christmas Trees in December!
Let’s go to Purdue’s 2016 Football Schedule and see what Darrell Hazell and his Boilermakers have to deal with in the upcoming season…
Geez…that’s a pretty easy schedule with Purdue NOT having to play….
…in Big Ten Conference play BUT the Boilermakers do open with Eastern Kentucky which lost at Kentucky in overtime in 2015 and needless to say a Purdue loss to the EKU Colonels in the opening game of the season would be nothing short of a…
Complete Freaking Disaster!
Based upon how Purdue football has played in the last three seasons under Darrell Hazell our guess is that…
Purdue would be LUCKY to win 4 Games in 2016
…and could very well…
Win 3 games or less again in 2016!
Anything less than 5 wins and Darrell Hazell is fired come December and a pretty good head coaching job opens up which sits in the Big Ten West Division which in our opinion…
Purdue Football Should Be Competing For Every Year and Winning Every 5 Years or So
….but then we remember well the Joe Tiller days at Purdue so for Damn sure we know that…
Purdue Football CAN and SHOULD be able to compete with EVERY team in the Big Ten Conference!
Next up on the Coaches Hot Seat Analysis…
Steve Addazio, Head Coach of the Boston College Eagles!