Pac-12 links: Oregon State’s Mike Riley is the conference’s coaching ‘godfather’

» In a conference filled with newcomers, Oregon State coach Mike Riley is heading into his 14th season in the Pac-12. “Mike’s kind of a godfather,” said Stanford’s David Shaw.

» Apparently no longer content with uniform experimentation, Oregon will debut scratch-and-sniff season tickets this year. Unfortunately, the sticker is a Carl’s Jr. ad and likely smells like burgers rather than ducks.

» A former ASU running back was found shot to death on a hiking trial near Sedona.

» No more kegs at Arizona State tailgates.

» UCLA’s all-time leading rusher Johnathan Franklin will become a Packers’ front office intern after a neck injury ended his football career.

» USC’s new meet-and-greet between players and agents had a “speed-dating feel” to it.

» Bo Pelini and Hugh Freeze bicker over the recruitment of former Washington receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow.

» Jacksonville Jaguars guard Zane Beadles donated $750,000 to Utah athletics — the largest ever for a former Ute football player.

» After being briefly dismissed in 2013, Washington State receiver Drew Loftus was arrested again on Thursday for assault. The junior only has one career catch.

» Though his coach was less optimistic, Stanford receiver and star return man Ty Montgomery hopes his shoulder will be ready by the Aug. 30 opener against UC Davis.

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