The Pac-12 will name its new commissioner late Thursday morning, according to John Canzano of the Oregonian.
Who will Carol Folt and Co. choose? Folt is part of the five-person search committee so she has a bigger say than some might assume.
The scary part is just about anyone could get the job although there has been speculation about Oliver Luck, the former West Virginia athletic director and father of Andrew Luck.
Luck is a safe choice, and knows sports, which puts him ahead of Larry Scott.
The interesting part is how the job seems to have not captivated as many people as originally thought. One of the early frontrunners, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, declined interest. So did Alabama athletic director Greg Bryne.
Even West Coast Conference commissioner Gloria Nevarez got a contract extension out of it and stayed in her current job.
That shows how the Pac-12 job, which grossly overpaid Scott, is still the fourth-or-fifth best conference in the country with financial issues that make it difficult to envision the conference competing against the SEC, Big Ten or even Big 12 in football.
With so many issues, including new TV contracts approaching, the sooner it gets Scott out, the better.
UPDATED: Looks like Luck is out.
Sources: Oliver Luck will NOT be the next commissioner of the PAC-12. He’d been considered one of the favorites throughout the process.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) May 13, 2021