New Pac-12 Commissioner Teresa Gould Says Access To The CFP Is Crucial For OSU And WSU


The uncertainty of Oregon State and Washington State has been a struggle for both fan bases. Especially that Oregon State was one of the top teams in football and Washington State is one of the tops teams in basketball. Once the Pac-12 as we know it goes away, how do these schools compete for the ultimate prize?

New Pac-12 commissioner Teresa Gould joined the Bald Faced Truth with John Canzano and talked specifically about the CFP and how she plans to help Oregon State and Washington State solidify the chance to make the CFP if they are good enough.

“The access question is really important, and we need to think about and talk about models moving forward post-2026 that rewards and provides access for performance on the field,” Gould said on 750 The Game. “So that deserving teams that have competed on the level and finish their season successfully to be in a position to make that field, they have the access, and the model allows that access.”

There is also the revenue distribution part of the playoff. Gould says that Oregon State and Washington State belong to the Automatic 5 group and therefore deserving of their share of the revenue.

“There’s the revenue distribution piece and we need to be able to talk about all of the unknowns around where OSU and WSU land after 2026,” said Gould. “Making sure that in the future model that they’re considered and that they’re treated fairly and as a A-5 program that they benefit from the revenue appropriately.”

If we learned anything about college sports, it’s that we have no idea what’s going to happen next. There could be more conference realignment on the way. Gould says that the CFP needs to be able to adjust and adapt to any situation.

“We need a process within the CFP governance to address unanticipated issues,” she said. “We need to be nimble enough. We need to be adaptable enough to make sure that no whatever we put in place that we can react to and adjust and adapt when they’re are other changes in the marketplace and the membership which I’m confident will happen at some point.”

Listen to the full interview with new Pac-12 commissioner Teresa Gould by clicking the podcast below. Catch the Bald Faced Truth with John Canzano weekdays 3-6 p.m. in Portland exclusively on 750 The Game.