Pac-12 links: Ed Orgeron berated former player; Arizona adds unique display facemasks

– A USC player from the late 1990s and early 2000s says Ed Orgeron called him a “motherf—-r” for leaving practice 20 minutes early once a week for a statistics class. Best quote: “He M-F’d me all over the place.” Orgeron did not comment.

– These won’t be on the field, but Arizona is getting some unique display-model facemasks — including ones with an A-logo and “Cats” script.

– Stanford released a slick “You Can Play” video, one that features forward Josh Huestis and running back Barry Sanders Jr. Athletic director Bernard Muir opens by setting up chairs for everyone.

– Cal’s speedy but oft-injured tailback Brendan Bigelow has had wheels since he was a kid. The Bears also gave their basketball court a paint job.

– SI’s Andy Staples and former NCAA compliance officer John Infante both break down the problematic nature of the NLI.

– With their 34th-round draft pick, the Diamondbacks took ASU’s Cory Hahn — a paralyzed former outfielder you can read more about here.

– Oregon’s new $68 million football facility includes two long pools — one heated to 45 degrees and the other to 65 degrees.

– How long until Utah becomes competitive in the Pac-12? And how long until former swim coach Greg Winslow faces criminal charges?

– USA Today looks at the relationship between Parker Executive Search’s Chuck Neinas and former Colorado AD Mike Bohn.

– Washington coach Lorenzo Romar says his staff overhaul wasn’t a reaction to losses or recruiting misses.

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  • SonOfWestwood

    Kudos on the new feature Jack. The best beat guy in the conference used to be Bob Condotta and I think his Pac12 links were a great reason why. I think that if we commenters can stepu our game as you have, this can be a top blog in the conference.

    • Jack Wang

      Bob was great on UW. An example to beat writers everywhere.

  • SonOfWestwood

    The Utah story linked was very good. While its true that Utah us not been competitive yet, the teams they have fielded aren’t anywhere close to their Orange Bowl team from a couple of years ago. With coach Whit leading them, I expect they’ll get back to relevance sooner rather than later. Their recruiting has already improved, they just need some better play from under center.

  • Jeff Decker

    The Condotta comment is spot on. UCLA should have a beat writer who aspires to such excellence.