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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Pac-12 links: Former Ute succumbing to cancer

– Bronzell Miller might be dead by the time you read this. The former Utah linebacker is battling multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, and may only have a week left to live.

– Bellevue standout and UCLA recruiting target Budda Baker is still waiting for the release of his brother Robert, imprisoned for first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm.

– How did Tad Boyle turn Colorado into a contender?

– “But the difference between being a head football coach in college and the NFL is like the difference between Wal-Mart and Wall Street.” Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Who will head to the Rose Bowl?

– Why Stanford will beat Arizona State for a Rose Bowl berth, according to the Bay Area News Group’s Jon Wilner.

– Steve Sarkisian has already hired two members of his Washington staff. Might defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox be the next to head to USC?

– An older man kicked a younger man in the face at last week’s Territorial Cup game between ASU and Arizona. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: No bowl tickets for rude Washington State fans

– If you sent Washington State athletic director Bill Moos a particularly nasty email last year, you might not be able to buy bowl tickets.

– Trying to earn home field advantage for the Pac-12 title game, Arizona State and Todd Graham are learning to deal with the limelight.

– Still undecided about his NFL draft plans, Washington tailback Bishop Sankey is on the brink of the school’s single-season rushing record. Continue reading

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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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