Pac-12 Networks: Ronnie Lott, Summer Sanders, Rick Neuheisel hired as on-air talent

Former USC and 49ers football star Ronnie Lott, Stanford alum and Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders and former UCLA quarterback and veteran college football coach Rick Neuheisel were introduced as the first on-air talent for the new Pac-12 Networks.

The Pac-12 Networks, which will begin programming in August, will feature one national network and six regional networks.

Here’s more.

Jeff Faraudo

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Very good choices.

  • Eric

    Did anyone see this Daily Cal article that apparently is being published tomorrow?

    The graduation success rate of Cal football players over a four-year period has dropped 11 points to 54 percent, the second-lowest rate in the Pac-12, according to figures from the NCAA 2011 Graduation Success Rate Report.

    The figure ranks Cal 111th among 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Only Arizona, at 48 percent, has a lower overall graduation success rate (GSR) than Cal among Pac-12 schools.

    The disparity between the GSR of Cal’s football players and the federal graduation rate of the Cal student body has grown to -36 percent, the largest gap of all FBS schools. Last year, Cal’s 65 percent GSR ranked third in the Pac-12, the team’s highest rate in over a decade. The team’s rate has remained above 50 percent for five consecutive years, after six straight years of rates 50 percent or below.

    Cal’s average was brought down by its most recent class, which had a grad rate of 31 percent.

    Notre Dame leads all FBS football programs with a 97 percent success rate, while Stanford leads the Pac-12 at 87 percent. Florida International’s 43 percent rate is the country’s lowest.

    GSRs were determined in several other sports. The Cal men’s basketball team sports a 33 percent GSR, lowest in the Pac-12 and sixth-lowest among all major basketball programs. The figure has risen for two consecutive years since Cal’s rate hit 20 percent in the 2009 report.

    With a disparity of -57 percent, the graduation rate gap between basketball players and students at Cal is the highest of all major programs. Cal has had the lowest or second-lowest graduation rate gap for five consecutive years.

    Seven basketball programs — Villanova, Creighton, BYU, Illinois, Wake Forest, Duke and Notre Dame — posted perfect GSRs. Connecticut and Arkansas tied for the lowest rate at 25 percent.

    At 86 percent, the Cal baseball team’s rate is second only to Stanford’s 100 percent mark in the Pac-12. Wake Forest, Boston College and Notre Dame all also had perfect marks.

    Among all student athletes, Cal’s GSR stands at 79 percent. Stanford’s 94 percent overall rate leads the conference, while Arizona’s 67 percent rate ranks last in both the conference and the country.

    GSRs are determined by averaging the percentage of athletes who graduated within six years of starting college over a four year period. The 2011 analysis pertains to athletes who reached the end of their six-year graduation window between 2007 and 2010.

  • Cre8tivguy

    What about transfers or guys leaving early for the NFL? Does that bring the GSR down?

  • David Swartz

    It’s a bit generous to label Sanders as a Stanford “grad”. She dropped out after two years.

  • gobears91

    How can Kentucky basketball’s GSR come in any higher than 5-10%?

  • rollonubears

    It’s a really dumb statistic. Maybe they’re not graduation, but it seems like everyone on the team who either doesn’t go to the nfl, doesn’t transfer somewhere else, or doesn’t leave to become a musician (loggy et al) is there for 4+ years. They have to take classes, and they have to maintain minimums to stay enrolled. Unless they’re dropping out in the final semester of their senior year (that would be a problem) then this number is grossly underestimating the Cal educational experience. The transfer number is probably the biggest problem. Half the basketball team either went home to be with family, or transferred to play elsewhere. The only stat they should be looking at are kids who drop out and end up homeless or in jail.

  • Eric

    Thanks – I’m surprised the Daily Cal article isn’t pointing out these flaws.

  • Blah Blah Blah, if we’re winning games who cares?? 😉

    Oh, wait, we’re not winning games either!?!? Then ouch, those numbers hurt! C’mon Tedford, this bad news is all on you. You can’t seem to produce winners on OR off the field. Wasn’t that texass game ugly enough, now we’ve got this news to deal with as well?

    I am looking forward to the season just like I look forward to an Indian buffet, you never know what you’re gonna get…grrrr…

  • Juancho

    Agree with BlakeStreet.

    I don’t care about graduation rates. I don’t care about what the kids study. I don’t care about their grades.

    They’re on scholarship for athletics. I care about their athletics first and their student work second.

    Those are my honest takes.

    I’ve never once been watching a Cal / Stanford game, or Cal / USC game, or Cal / Oregon game and thought about graduation rates or majors.

    Count me in as someone who doesn’t care about college football graduation rates. Never have, never will.

    Just like how I don’t care how people who get academic scholarships to Cal perform in sports. I don’t care how people who get sports scholarships to cal perform in academics.

  • rollonubears

    all the more reason we need a simplified offense