Kevin Warren discusses relationship with Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff
B1G commissioner Kevin Warren has basically ripped the Pac-12 to shreds, stealing both USC and UCLA in an attempt to turn it into a super conference.
Warren is, of course, trying to keep up with the SEC, which is adding Oklahoma and Texas by 2025. USC is a huge get for the B1G considering the Trojans’ former status as college football powerhouses, while UCLA, at least, has a history.
One has to wonder if schools like Stanford, Oregon, or Washington are next on Warren’s hit list as he looks to extend his conference out west. One also has to wonder if the recent poaching has made things kind of awkward between the conference commissioners’ get-togethers for tea — or whatever it is people with the title of commissioner actually do.
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Despite the B1G’s aggressive poaching of the Pac-12, that hasn’t been an issue, according to Warren. He and Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff are on good terms.
Kevin Warren on his relationship with George Kliavkoff: "We hugged it out in California (at Rose Bowl meetings). He’s a good man and I’ve got great respect for him."
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 8, 2022
It’s worth noting that Warren can think Kliavkoff is a good guy while also robbing his conference blind. Those two ideas can exist at the same time. Whether Kliavkoff is aware of that or not will become apparent over the next few seasons.