For years, many people associated with the Pac-12 have been deeply frustrated about the league’s lack of success nationally. The fact that former commissioner Larry Scott seemed either incapable or indifferent about changing that trend was one of the biggest factors working against him during his tenure.

The conference announced the surprise hire of MGM Resorts entertainment executive George Kliavkoff as its new commissioner on Thursday, and the new boss immediately worked on setting a new tone for the league.