2016-17 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Rank Team Votes
- Oregon (23) 320
- Arizona (4) 298
- UCLA 259
- California 209
- Colorado 199
- Washington 167
- USC 163
- Utah 142
- Oregon State 122
- Stanford 119
- Arizona State 78
- Washington State 30
The NCAA charged Louisville basketball with four serious violations today . . . but not a lack of institutional control charge, which is considered the most serious and what USC got hit with in the Reggie Bush case. You could say a former basketball staffer hiring escorts and strippers for recruits and players is worse, but the NCAA’s been pretty toothless since the USC sanctions.
USC returned all five offensive line starters and entered the season with the second-most career starts in the country. But which line is ranked No. 2 in the nation this season by Pro Football Focus? Washington State.
“The Cougars line boasts PFF’s highest-graded guard in Cody O’Connell and the sixth-highest and 10th-highest graded tackles in Cole Madison and Andre Dillard respectively, along with No. 15 guard Eduardo Middleton.”
Washington State. USC is not listed in the top 10 rankings, by the way.
In my analysis for today’s paper, I write about the constant turnover on the USC coaching staff. That does not mean keeping a bad coach, but making sure you get it right when you hire the next one.
Excerpt: For the defensive linemen, Ed Orgeron taught one system. He was replaced for two years by Chris Wilson. This year, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is coaching the defensive ends while Kenechi Udeze handles the tackles.
For a fourth-year senior, that means four different coaches. A similar argument could be made by USC’s offensive linemen. Senior offensive tackle Zach Banner’s had a different offensive line coach every year. Full story here