Pac-12 links: Former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour heads to Penn State

» Just a month after stepping down (or being forced out) as Cal’s athletic director, Sandy Barbour parlayed an uneven tenure in the Bay Area into a bigger job at Penn State — one that will pay her $700,000 per year.

» Stanford’s Josh Huestis went to the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 29th overall pick in the NBA draft, but will head to the D-League rather than sign his guaranteed rookie contract. Grantland’s Zach Lowe explains why.

» Gary Payton II has arrived on the Oregon State campus, where his famous father’s enormous shadow still looms. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Brady Aiken, Jacob Nix remain unsigned as MLB deadline nears

» No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken and fifth-rounder Jacob Nix, both of whom signed with UCLA, have yet to come to terms with the Houston Astros. The deadline to sign draft picks is Friday at 2 p.m. PT.

» Most fans aren’t happy with Utah’s newest mountain-sleeved Under Armour jerseys.

» Hall of Famer and former USC star Ronnie Lott calls Oregon “the greatest,” but admitted that UCLA is “the team that everybody’s talking about right now.”

» Oregon State’s new basketball assistants will earn a combined $535,008 annually. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Arizona linebacker cheers on former teammate in World Cup

» As the World Cup rolls on, a Arizona linebacker cheers on a former teammate who has since become a reserve defender on the U.S. national team.

» Former Washington coach Jim Lambright was arrested for domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his granddaughter. His wife said he is suffering from dementia.

» As a result of Oregon’s poorly handled sexual assault investigation, everybody lost.

» Going to the Hawaii Bowl cost Oregon State $170,000, but athletic director Bob de Carolis said the deficit could have been worse. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Conference only distributes 68 percent of revenue back to members

» The Pac-12′s record $334 million in revenue in 2012-13 led all conferences, but the league only returned 68.3 percent of that back to its members. Every other Big Five conference returned at least 90 percent.

Pac-12 CFO Ron McQuate told CBS that the disparity is due to the conference’s costs in operating its own network, rather than a media partnership.

» Oregon State has officially hired former Cal State LA head coach Stephen Thompson as an assistant. Thompson, who played for Syracuse, faced UCLA coach Steve Alford during Indiana’s 74-73 national title game victory in 1987.

» Recovering from a recent hip surgery, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said recent transfers out of the program aren’t indicative of a “smoking gun.” Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: An inside look at the life of a basketball recruit

» Worth reading: An inside look at the recruitment of Marvin Clark Jr., a one-time Oregon commit whose future flickered when he fractured his foot.

» Former USC coach Lane Kiffin’s three-year contract as Alabama’s offensive coordinator will pay him $680,000 for the first two years, then $714,000 in the third.

» Arizona State may ban beer kegs at its tailgates. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Conference sets revenue records with help of new TV deals

» The Pac-12′s new TV deals pushed it to $334 million in revenue for the 2012-2013 fiscal year — the record for any college conference. UCLA gets a $19,838,644 payout.

» Two recent pieces on former UCLA stars worth reading: Grantland’s look at the unusual career arc of point guard Russell Westbrook, and Sports Illustrated’s story about safety Rahim Moore and how he nearly lost his leg.

» UCLA’s use of a drone in football practices is part of a larger trend in sports.

» Todd Graham’s one-year extension will keep him at Arizona State through the 2018 season, and raises his annual salary to $2.7 million.

» Arizona has also agreed to contract extensions to May 31, 2019 for basketball coach Sean Miller, football coach Rich Rodriguez and athletic director Greg Byrne. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: AT&T’s deal for DirecTV could expand Pac-12 Networks’ reach

» AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV for $48.5 billion could finally make Pac-12 Networks available on the latter, but not until 2015 or 2016.

» Oregon State didn’t make the splashiest hire in Wayne Tinkle, but the Beavers also aren’t taking a major risk.

» After a weekend tryout, the Green Bay Packers signed former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla. Lyerla went undrafted earlier this month, his troubled history weighing down his physical talents. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Cal mourns death of defensive end Ted Agu

– Cal defensive lineman Ted Agu died on Friday morning after a training run. He was 21. A cause of death has not yet been determined. A source told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd that Agu had the sickle cell trait, but the article has since been removed.

The dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health also issued a statement about the All-Academic second-teamer.

Agu’s family and friends have started a memorial fund to raise money for his funeral costs.

– Dana Altman’s early success at Oregon is giving him some leeway through the Ducks recent struggles.

– Washington State receiver Gabe Marks was arrested outside a bar early Saturday morning and cited for four misdemeanors, including fourth-degree assault. He apologized on Twitter, but the school has not commented. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Spencer Dinwiddie suffers torn ACL

A torn ACL has ended Spencer Dinwiddie’s season, robbing No. 21 Colorado of their leader in scoring, assists, steals, 3-pointers, and free-throw shooting percentage.

The Buffs will need to prove that they are still worthy of a March Madness bid without 6-foot-6 guard. The loss also strengthens Arizona’s inside track toward the league title, as well as UCLA’s case as the No. 2 team in the Pac-12.

Dinwiddie is pictured above in an Instagram selfie, waiting in the waiting room with his mother.

– New USC defensive line coach Bo Davis bolted for Alabama after being hired by Steve Sarkisian just a week ago.

– As expected, two-time consensus All-American Ka’Deem Carey will forego his final season at Arizona and declare for the NFL draft. So will ASU’s Carl Bradford. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Wilcox, Aliotti leaving Washington, Oregon

– Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti will retire after 21 seasons (over three stints) with the Ducks. The 59-year-old spent the 1998 season at UCLA prior to his most recent stretch in Eugene.

– Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will join Steve Sarkisian at USC after the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

– Forbes examines the importance of luck in the rise of Oregon football. Continue reading

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