Pac-12 links: Judge rules against NCAA in landmark O’Bannon case

» In a landmark case that could change amateurism, a judge ruled in favor of Ed O’Bannon and against the NCAA. Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann breaks down the implications of Claudia Wilken’s decision, as well as the legal road ahead.

» A feature on USC coach Steve Sarkisian, by columnist Mark Whicker: “Some coaches have five and 10-year plans. Sarkisian, 40, has lived in a quick-pivoting sports car, not always using signals, barreling down the roads less traveled, looking straight ahead.”

» Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson is trying to win Utah’s starting quarterback job — and perhaps help redeem the family name.

» First, Arizona State banned tailgate kegs. Now on the list of Sun Devil Stadium’s prohibited items? Tortillas.

» Forbes ranked college football coaches by the best bang they provided for their respective school’s buck. UCLA’s Jim Mora ranked 13th, one spot behind Arizona State’s Todd Graham.

» Despite becoming famous at Boise State, Washington coach Chris Petersen thinks power conference football teams should only play each other.

» True freshman Budda Baker has emerged as Washington’s No. 2 free safety.

» Washington State’s got a bit of talent at receiver:

» Stanford is searching for its next great running back.

» The parents of late Cal football player Ted Agu filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents. The case will go to trial in 12 to 18 months.

» Former Oregon State star Brandin Cooks looked great in his NFL preseason debut, scoring a 25-yard touchdown in the Saints’ 26-24 win.

» Oregon redshirt freshman Danny Mattingly is “a bit of a wild man” at linebacker.

» The Seattle Times ranked the Pac-12’s nonconference schedules, placing UCLA’s Virginia-Memphis-Texas slate as the fourth-toughest in the league.