Pac-12 links: Why Ben Howland went to Mississippi State

» Ben Howland still has photos of his Santa Barbara house on his phone, but he’s temporarily given up the comforts of Southern California for Starkville — a place that has given him another chance to coach basketball.

» Charges against Dominique Hatfield have been dropped after an alleged armed robbery, opening the door to a possible return for the Utah cornerback.

» An Oregon State student saved a woman from a burning car.

» Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly was ranked as the third-most influential person in the NFL.

» Colorado coach Tad Boyle is looking forward to learning from Mark Few and Mike Brown.

» Former Arizona forward Aaron Gordon fractured his jaw “horsing around” with his older brother Drew.

» Top JUCO linebacker Davon Durant was dismissed by Arizona State but, according to his attorney, is still hoping to continue his Sun Devil career.

» Washington has nine new players on its roster. Of those, four-star guard Dejounte Murray might be the most promising.

» U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken approved a $60 million combined settlement related to the use of player likenesses in NCAA-branded video games.

» The NCAA’s introduction of a new flat-seamed baseball led to a 44 percent increase in home runs per game.