It's unclear exactly what legal recourse he has, but it's on his mind.
Just seems wrong that two schools, in their own selfish interests, can destabilize the finances of so many other programs (and their local economic impact). There needs to be some sort of rules in place to control this sort of nonsense.
As if good news from Knowlton or Christ would ever be expected . . .
Pure political pandering from our lunkhead governor
Wow, I feel a lot better now. I mean, when he is not running ads in Florida and pimping to be the next president, I am sure Senor Slick will make something good happen for the Cal Bears.
He won't block the move even if he could because of the money. But getting mad publicly and working to strongarm more cash (via a Cal move or other financial compensation) seems like a good political position. The challenge is that he has zero leverage over USC, which is what the B1G REALLY wants so there's not a ton of leverage. His 2 best options would be to somehow poison the UCLA move financially (to extract more cash) or make them take Cal along for the ride.
But he has a point.
Don't know if it will materialize into a TV contract, though.
Well, if they already started investigation within minutes of reading the newspaper, it's been two weeks and nothing really happened. Unless Newsom just read about it this week.... either way whichever case it is, not much to expect from UC Regents.
The problem of course is there is no way to make the same case (or any case) for Cal to be included in the B1G that there is for UCLA, which delivers a much larger audience, and is implicit in delivering an even larger one because they are coupled with USC.
IMO, this is faux outrage. The ONLY reason Newsom would care is that the State is ultimately on the hook if Cal football defaults on its stadium bonds, and no way he wants a hint of that during a possible run for a promotion.
If Gavin Nuisance somehow corrects things in Cal's favor, he'll have my vote for whatever he runs for.
Article. Newsom showed up at the regents meeting in SF yesterday.
I am happy to hear that it at least made his radar screen. So how has UCLA Athletic Program run up $102M in debt, by the way? What is the total debt picture for these facility improvement programs? What would it take for UC to consider a debt restucturing program to hopefully prevent disruptive events like these from occuring in the first place? If Cal or Stanford jump to another Conference, the Pac-10 will be ruined and this could bring 'unkown unknowns' to quote the late Donald Rumsfeld. Major donors, alumni and corporate, may decide to reduce or end their support. Live attendance at home games may also drop off considerably. It also seems that nobody has bothered to ask the Student Athletes, (who play mostly on a voluntary basis) what they want. They are not in servitude to their respective schools, afaik.