For the next three years the Pac-12 football championship game will be held at an ostensibly neutral site: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. While fans are sure to point out that the location is a lot less neutral for some schools than others, it's a change from the prior practice of having one of the participants host.
The change was doubtlessly spurred by the desire to guarantee that the game will take place in a large, modern stadium. If UCLA hosts in the Rose Bowl that's fine, but when Oregon State or Washington State win the North, the conference could have had real logistical problems (read: not enough money) staging the event.
It should be quite a venue. Levi's is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and is scheduled to host the 2016 Super Bowl, and the Fight Hunger Bowl starting this season. It seats 68,500 including luxury suites and club seats.
The conference issues a press release that said things like:
The Cougars have been in the news again lately so follow the jump for some links.
-- Tramaine Isabell won't be coming to WSU after all.
-- The NCAA released its APR scores and the volleyball team couldn't escape its past.
-- Jeff Nusser does a good job explaining why the scores could mean trouble for men's basketball.
-- Did you know that Jason Gesser has been added to the WSU broadcast team?