Pac-12 links: FCC approval of AT&T—DirecTV merger could help Pac-12 Networks

» The FCC announced on Friday that it has approved AT&T’s takeover of DirecTV, a move that could clear the way for the Pac-12 Networks to appear on the satellite provider. The breakdown in negotiations between DirecTV and the Pac-12 has been arguably the biggest blemish on the resume of commissioner Larry Scott.

Bay Area News Group columnist Jon Wilner examined the issue earlier this week.

» Each Division I school will receive $18.9 million from the NCAA to fund cost-of-attendance-based scholarships and other projects.

» USC’s Adoree’ Jackson wants to win the Heisman and an Olympic gold medal.

» Oregonian columnist John Canzano no longer believes in Dana Altman — and according to emails he obtained, the Oregon administration may not either.

» Oregon’s senior associate athletic director Jeff Hawkins goes way back with the Mannings.

» A former BYU basketball player has teamed up with former Utes to try and win $1 million.

» Stanford’s most important player may be former five-star defensive lineman Aziz Shittu.

» Hardy Nickerson knows that he and the rest of the Cal defense needs improvement.

» Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin took a little dig at ASU’s Todd Graham, whom he will face to open the season.