Pac-12 links: Amy Van Dyken recovering after ATV accident

» Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen injured her spine in an ATV accident a year ago. Here’s the Arizona Republic’s story on her journey to try and walk again, as well as the Pac-12 Networks’ feature on her from January:

» New Washington quarterback Tony Rodriguez is “probably the biggest steal at any position out of junior college,” according to CCSF coach Jimmy Collins — clearly an unbiased observer.

» Hale Irwin, a former Colorado cornerback and golfer, reflects on his U.S. Open win 25 years ago — one that made him the tournament’s oldest champion. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Utah and Duke to play at Madison Square Garden

» After falling in the Sweet 16, Utah will get another shot at Duke this December at Madison Square Garden.

» Famed Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar is facing doping allegations, including ones surrounding former Oregon runner and Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp. ProPublica and the BBC collaborated on the investigation.

» Theo Robertson, who was a part of Cal’s conference title team in 2010, is now a video intern for the Golden State Warriors.

» Former UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin now works in the Notre Dame athletic department. He talked to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about adjusting to life after football. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: USC baseball players named in sex tape lawsuit

» Three USC baseball players, including starting pitcher Marc Huberman, have been named in a lawsuit alleging that they distributed a sex tape of an unnamed woman. The other two defendants, Vahn Bozoian and Sean Adler, are no longer on the team.

» Grantland has a feature on former UCLA soccer star Sydney Leroux, and how a gamble to leave home paid off for her career.

» Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium only seats 46,000. Should a future renovation include an expansion? Continue reading

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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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