» The Pac-12’s record $334 million in revenue in 2012-13 led all conferences, but the league only returned 68.3 percent of that back to its members. Every other Big Five conference returned at least 90 percent.
Pac-12 CFO Ron McQuate told CBS that the disparity is due to the conference’s costs in operating its own network, rather than a media partnership.
» Oregon State has officially hired former Cal State LA head coach Stephen Thompson as an assistant. Thompson, who played for Syracuse, faced UCLA coach Steve Alford during Indiana’s 74-73 national title game victory in 1987.
» Recovering from a recent hip surgery, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said recent transfers out of the program aren’t indicative of a “smoking gun.”
» Washington football and basketball broadcasts will move from from KJR, its radio partner since 2002, to KOMO. The new deal runs through 2020.
» Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday talked up the Cougars’ new $61 million football facility, adding that the “only reason a recruit wouldn’t want to come here now is them not wanting to go to a small town.”
» St. John Bosco guard Tyler Dorsey decommitted from Arizona, freeing up the Wildcats’ backcourt recruiting logjam. The five-star 2015 prospect is a score-first guard, but wants to play point in college.
UCLA already has two top recruits lined up, with four-star guard Aaron Holiday committed in the class of 2015 and five-star guard Lonzo Ball in 2016.
» Utah has reported 99 NCAA violations since 2010, consisting mostly of rulebook minutiae concerning examples such as an impermissible sticker or a $9.99 keychain bought buy a host.
» Nike co-founder and Oregon booster Phil Knight delivered the commencement address at his other alma mater, the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
» Former Cal basketball assistant Travis DeCuire now has the top job at Montana, where he once set the school career record for assists.
» USC is opening the Peristyle Club just outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The new luxury suite includes a cash bar.