The joke of the Pac-12 "Title" Game, or perhaps the Eugene Death March is getting attention and once again, Chianti Dan is making UCLA a laughingstock on national television.
The Oregon media is even more straightforward, although the suggestion that the on-probation cheaters should be allowed to compete is wrongheaded.
The embarrassing performances of the South climaxed this past weekend when Utah, which could have won the division by merely defeating woeful Colorado at home, spilled juice boxes all over the field -- "OOPS!" -- and lost 17-14 Friday.
That left the Utes at 4-5 in league, 7-5 overall.
That also "clinched" the South title for UCLA, a horribly flawed team that still had to play USC on Saturday night.
That left the possibility that UCLA could get humiliated, say 50-0, and still represent the South division in the conference title game.
Of course, that's exactly what happened.
So, on Friday, in Eugene, the 10-2 Oregon Ducks, who tied atop the North with 11-1 Stanford at 7-1 but beat Stanford head to head, will host UCLA, a team that, in its last six games, has lost by 36 points to Arizona, by 25 points to Utah and by 50 to the Trojans.
UCLA in the Pac-12 championship game is like ketchup on pancakes.
Makes no sense.
USC beat both Oregon and UCLA and it's the Trojans, not the Bruins, who should be in this game. USC is the No. 1 contender in the Pac-12, and the only conference team in the last 21 tries to beat Oregon. With UCLA included, this championship event is a sham.
I know, the Trojans have that bowl ban, but I challenge anyone to look at how this has played out and not believe it's a shame that Lane Kiffin's team won't play in the conference title game. We all deserve better than UCLA-Oregon.
I asked Kelly if he wanted another shot at the Trojans, which beat the Ducks by a missed field goal a week ago. Kelly thought, then said he doesn't deal in hypotheticals. Then, he pointed out that, if they asked him to, he'd play the conference championship game in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Hypothetically, of course.
"Stanford has only one loss; that's the team that really has a gripe," Kelly added.
No. Wrong. We all have a gripe, coach. Every one of us who followed a single moment of this Pac-12 season. Because they're going to package up this phony first conference championship game as if it were some kind of true playoff game. We're going to be told that these are the teams that best represent their respective divisions. And it's going to be offered as some kind of closure for the regular season.
Basically, the title game's pants are on fire.
Chianti Dan continues to embarrass the four letters and there is no reason to keep up this charade. We need wholesale regime change NOW.