Pac-12 Influence

The Las Vegas Bowl, without a Pac-12 team, had its best rating since 2012. And the game was a blowout as San Diego State routed Houston, 34-10. Another reason why DirecTV does not need the Pac-12 Network.

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Rose Bowl Fact

burnett-rose-bowl-2The Rose Bowl rating (15.74 million viewers) is the highest for a USC game since the 2012 USC-Notre Dame game. The only higher-rated regular-season game was Ohio State-Michigan. And it was the highest-rated non-playoff bowl game.

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Justin Wilcox Needs Recruiters

wilcoxJustin Wilcox, the incoming Cal coach, is Mr. Bland. Unless he is in a coaches’ booth yelling profanity on the headsets during a game.

So the top priority for him is to hire good recruiters on his coaching staff. Tosh Lupoi, the controversial former Washington assistant currently rehabilitating as an Alabama assistant, is a frontrunner to become defensive coordinator. So Wilcox needs some offensive assistants who can recruit. And someone who can call plays. And someone who can motivate the team. And . . .

It’s going to be fun watching this unfold the next couple seasons. Plus I get to run that picture about 1,000 more times.

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USC Morning Buzz: Does It Still Feel Like 1971 With Basketball?

USC.BASKETBALL.1971About two weeks ago, I cautioned about comparisons between this USC basketball team and the 1971 edition, which went 24-2 and was ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll. After last night’s loss to Utah, USC is 2-3 in the Pac-12 after five games.

And here’s the real stat: USC coach Andy Enfield is 0-7 overall against Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak.

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Cal Hiring Justin Wilcox

WILCOX.USCJustin Wilcox must have a different personality for job interviews than he did with the media. Or maybe Cal is making a mistake (again!). Wilcox is expected to be officially hired by the Golden Bears in the next day or so. He must have blown them away during his interview.

Like I said before, he seems well-suited for the Big Ten, but remains a question in the Pac-12. And I haven’t even mentioned his ability to be a leader of men. At USC, that was never really shown. Maybe he changed at Wisconsin. Remember, Clay Helton saw fit to make Wilcox one of his four firings the day after the Pac-12 title game last year. So he didn’t like what he saw.

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