Pac-12 links: Do Pac-12 revenues stack up vs. other conferences?

» The Pac-12’s latest tax filings are out, and the Bay Area News Group’s Jon Wilner breaks down all the numbers. The conference distributed around $21 million to most members in the last fiscal year. But can the league keep pace with the SEC and Big Ten in the coming years?

» Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis discusses his decision to resign, announced earlier this month. Oregonian columnist John Canzano shares a story about one of De Carolis’ less-recognized accomplishments.

» Washington graduate assistant Gerald Alexander delivered his own son in a bathtub. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: NCAA recommends changes to basketball rulebook

» The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has recommended a package of proposed changes, including a 30-second shot clock, a reduction in timeouts (!), and a sixth foul. The proposed rule changes could be approved in June.

» With Nike’s help, Oregon athletics turned itself into a national brand. A year ago, the university started a $20 million plan to try and do the same for its academic stature.

» Former Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday has retired before starting his NFL rookie minicamp. According to ESPN, Halliday “lost his love for football” after injuring his leg last November. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Will there be a 2016 bowl game in Australia?

» College football teams will play in 42 bowl games to close out the 2015 season. If Australian officials have their way, the 43rd will be in Melbourne in 2016, hosting squads from the Pac-12 and Mountain West.

» Washington lost explosive receiver John Ross III to yet another injury, one that will sideline him for the entire 2015 season.

» Salt Lake Tribune columnist Kurt Kragthorpe, the son of a former college coach, muses on whether or not salaries are nearing a tipping point. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: How does Marcus Mariota look as an NFL prospect?

» Greg Bedard looks at the NFL stock of Marcus Mariota, who “may project as the best dual-threat quarterback ever to come out of college.”

» How exactly did Boston College rack up 452 rushing yards against USC?

» Mike Leach’s morning path to his office requires a hike through a garbanzo bean field, which is somehow not surprising at all.

» Former Utah defensive tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu donated his kidney to his younger brother, Chris. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: USC’s Josh Shaw (doesn’t) save nephew from drowning

» USC cornerback Josh Shaw sprained his ankles saving his nephew from drowning during a family social on Saturday. Remarkably, Shaw leaped off second-story balcony when he saw the 7-year-old struggling, landing on the concrete before crawling into the pool.

UPDATE: Serious doubts about Shaw’s story have surfaced, and USC is investigating further.

» Anu Solomon officially became Arizona’s starting quarterback, marking the first time since freshmen became eligible in 1972 that the Wildcats will open the season with one behind center.

» A closer look at the running ability of Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, whom Jim Mora called “tough as nails.” Continue reading

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