Pac-12 links: Should USC hire Ed Orgeron?

– After an upset of Stanford, many USC players called for the school to retain Ed Orgeron as head coach. NBC Sports’ Chris Huston, also known as the Heisman Pundit, argues against removing the “interim” tag.

– Utah quarterback Travis Wilson’s career might be over after a post-concussion exam revealed a pre-existing neurological condition.

– Washington State has extended Mike Leach through the 2018 season.

– Arizona State’s secondary has a club called the, uh, “Bird Gang.” Members must abide by three rules. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Utah quarterback Travis Wilson struggling

– Once a rising star, Utah’s sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson doesn’t look the same these days.

– A strong column from the Arizona Daily Star’s Greg Hansen, on the Wildcats’ loss to UCLA.

– After a stint at Louisiana-Monroe, Arizona State defensive back Robert Nelson is living the dream in Tempe.

– Does the Pac-12 need an injury report? Seattle Times columnist Bud Withers says yes, citing the status of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Cal running back hospitalized after fight

» A fight between Cal running back Fabiano Hale and an unnamed player sent the former to the hospital last Friday. University police know who the suspect is, but have not disclosed his name and did not say whether charges will be filed. Hale is now home recovering from a concussion, and does not remember being taken to the hospital.

A source told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Hunter Hewitt that coaches asked players to “deal with” Hale for oversleeping a practice, and that it took two hours for his parents to be notified that he was in the hospital. Cal disputed those allegations.

» At an average price of $183, tickets to Stanford’s home game against Oregon on Thursday could be the most expensive ever in program history.

» Oregon guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter were suspended indefinitely for selling team gear. Continue reading

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Cassius Marsh sorry for losing temper, drawing ejection

Defensive end Cassius Marsh apologized Wednesday for swinging at a Cal player this past weekend and getting himself ejected at the Rose Bowl.

The senior committed back-to-back offsides penalties in the second quarter, then reacted when the Bears’ lineman swung at him. UCLA won 37-10, but his three penalties helped set up the Bears’ lone touchdown. Though he was clearly baited, Marsh downplayed that as a mitigating factor.

“It was my fault,” he said. “It was my mistake for reacting. There’s no excuse for my actions. I let down my team, I affected my team, I hurt my team. That’s never OK. I felt horrible about it. It’s a hard thing for me. I’m sure you guys know, it’s been something I’ve been working on my whole career. I will continue to do so. Continue reading

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Notes and quotes: UCLA 37, Cal 10

UCLA hardly looked unstoppable in its 37-10 win over Cal Saturday, but it did enough to earn its place as a top-10 team.

Some notes from the night:

– The defense held Cal to a season-low 320 offensive yards. The Bears’ 10 points were the lowest of Sonny Dykes’ (relatively short) head coaching career. If not for some untimely penalties, the Bruins might have kept Cal out of the end zone entirely.

The front seven continued its run as one of the conference’s best, sacking true freshman quarterback Jared Goff three times and coming up with clutch stops. Safety Randall Goforth had an interception, while cornerbacks Ishmael Adams and Fabian Moreau combined for three pass breakups. Continue reading

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UCLA 37, Cal 10: Defensive end Keenan Graham


With sophomore Ellis McCarthy already sidelined and senior Cassius Marsh ejected for a personal foul, defensive end Keenan Graham ate up snaps. The senior had his fifth sack of the season, the best mark in the Pac-12.

“I’m disappointed, honestly, with the way I played,” Graham said. “I got a sack, but I’ve got to go back to the film room. I know there’s a lot of mistakes I made.”

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UCLA 37, Cal 10: Quarterback Brett Hundley


Brett Hundley’s 410 passing yards were a career high and the third-best total in UCLA history, but the redshirt sophomore left several plays on the field. He underthrew running back Damien Thigpen on a wheel route that likely would turned into an 80-yard touchdown, and also missed a wide open Shaq Evans in the end zone.

“There is a lot left on the field,” Hundley said. “We can get that much better. It’s rare (to have 410 yards be average), to say the least, but that’s really how much I push myself and how much these coaches push me to be great.”

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UCLA 37, Cal 10: Y-receiver Thomas Duarte


True freshman Thomas Duarte had the biggest of night of his career Saturday, grabbing three passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. His score came in style too, a leaping 27-yard catch that gave UCLA a 24-10 lead just before halftime.

“It’s indescribable,” he said of the touchdown. “I can’t put it in words for you. Just to know that I’m helping my team to this victory, it’s amazing. … I caught it and 90,000 fans went crazy.”

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UCLA 37, Cal 10: Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone


UCLA’s offense put up 37 points against Cal Saturday night, but could have easily cleared 50 had it not stuttered in the red zone. The Bruins converted all five opportunities for points, but only two turned into touchdowns.

“He missed a couple of throws down there in the goal line that just changed the whole game around,” offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said of quarterback Brett Hundley. “Three of them down there where we had to settle for field goals. I kind of got out of sync a little bit on our third-and-short (play calls).”

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