The Pac-12 Network concluded Day 1 of action with some great glimpses into the type of programming the conference will have to offer. It started with a solid hour of Pac-12 Live, which showcased some of the talented Olympic athletes and their dominance as a conference. It then moved into the meat of its football coverage with interviews with Chip Kelly and Matt Barkley. It was then time for the network's football analysts (including former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, former Arizona offensive lineman Glenn Parker, and former USC wide receiver Curtis Conway) to break down both divisions in the conference.
For those who wanted more meat, there was then an hour-long Pac-12 football preview that went deeper into every team's strengths and weaknesses. After that, we got a half-hour of features with number one draft picks from the conference such as Drew Bledsoe, Alex Smith and Andrew Luck, which was followed by an encore of the Oregon-UCLA Pac-12 championship game. All in all, this was a solid debut for a conference network that's just beginning to find its footing; it showcased the best of the Olympics and gave us a glimpse of the football that's on its way.
There will obviously be huge issues with regards to cable and satellite coverage, particularly with regards to whether or not DirecTV will eventually put the channel on their platform. But the early signs are that the programming is definitely giving the conference the type of early look they've long deserved.
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