Pac-12 links: DirecTV having ‘fruitful’ discussions with Pac-12 Networks

» DirecTV reportedly began testing a signal for Pac-12 Networks earlier this week, and it appears that AT&T’s acquisition of the satellite provider is finally ending this long stalemate.

» Stanford and Cal stand on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to opening up practices.

» Utah coach Kyle Whittingham hasn’t missed a workout day since July 1, 2008.

» At least one doctor disagrees with how USC is handling Steve Sarkisian’s behavior.

» Vernon Adams only needed two weeks at Oregon to win the Ducks’ starting quarterback job. Continue reading

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How Josh Rosen became UCLA’s starting quarterback

UCLA named Josh Rosen (3) its starting quarterback this week, picking the true freshman over redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel (11).(Will Lester/Staff)

UCLA named Josh Rosen (3) its starting quarterback this week, picking the true freshman over redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel (11). (Will Lester/Staff)

Two days ago, UCLA officially named Josh Rosen its starting quarterback, tying up the one loose end in the Bruins’ offseason storyline. A week from now, when their season opens against Virginia at the Rose Bowl, all eyes will be on the true freshman out of Bellflower St. John Bosco.

Here’s a look back at the five-star recruit’s path to the top of the depth chart, starting from his verbal commitment over a year ago.

March 20, 2014 — The scene from Rosen’s commitment to UCLA at St. John Bosco, a ceremony that saw him pull out three Bruin hats.

Aug. 8, 2014 — Our comprehensive look at what makes Rosen tick, featuring graphics and video.

Dec. 13, 2014 — Rosen is named the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Dream Team Player of the Year.

Feb. 3, 2015 — UCLA prepares for a National Signing Day, but its biggest prize has already been secured. Continue reading

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UCLA breaks ground on new football, basketball facilities

UCLA officially broke ground on both the Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center this afternoon. Here’s a bit of footage to make you feel like you were right in the middle of the festivities.

Jim Mora thanked the Wasserman family for its contributions:

A virtual tour of what the football facility should look like:

A virtual tour of what the basketball facility should look like:

Both are projected for completion by around fall 2017.

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VIDEO: Jerry Neuheisel prepares for another year at backup QB

After backing up Brett Hundley, UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel will now do the same for true freshman Josh Rosen.

The redshirt junior, whom head coach Jim Mora showered with praise yesterday, said he’s approaching the role the same way he always has.

“As a player, you’ve got to respect it,” Neuheisel said. “You don’t have to agree with it, but you have to respect it. What the head coach wants, the head coach gets. It’s our job to make sure we go get him the ‘W’ every time.”

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