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June 26th

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Sports Illustrated … Three of the six coaches most under the most pressure nationally reside in the Pac-12 South

From Sports Illustrated … Here are 10 coaches with waning job security in 2017:

3. Rich Rodriguez – Arizona 

It’s year six for Rodriguez at Arizona, and after he quickly built the program back up in 2012–14, things have taken a downturn the past two years. The Wildcats peaked in 2014, going 10–4 and 7–2 in conference play and winning the Pac-12 South. Since then, they’ve won a total of 10 games. A three-win season like the one they had in 2016 simply won’t cut it, and it doesn’t help that the athletic director who hired Rodriguez, Greg Byrne, left Arizona earlier this year for Alabama.

Rodriguez has a $9 million buyout clause after this season, which is a relatively steep price for a program like Arizona. Still should the Wildcats repeat their one-win mark in Pac-12 play or only marginally improve upon it, it’s easy to see Rodriguez being let go. And with a tough schedule coming—one of Arizona’s three non-conference games is against Houston, and the Pac-12 slate won’t yield any sure wins—the situation don’t look too rosy in Tucson.

5. Todd Graham – Arizona State

This season will be Graham’s sixth in Tempe, which is about the time a coach either digs in or heads on his way. In this case, there’s been enough inconsistency to wonder if changes aren’t coming. Last fall, the Sun Devils went 5–7, following up a 6–7 campaign in 2015. Two losing years in a row isn’t what anyone expected from Graham after he won eight, 10 and 10 games in his first three years on the job. That could turn 2017 into a make-or-break year.

The Sun Devils won just two conference games a season ago, against Cal and UCLA, both of whom finished with disappointing years. And in their seven Pac-12 losses, the Sun Devils fell by an average of 19.7 points. None of this bodes well for Graham, a renowned defensive coach whose defense allowed an average of 39.8 points last year, good for fifth-most in the FBS.

6. Jim Mora – UCLA

Over Mora’s tenure, which began in 2012, UCLA has gone from a first-place finish in the Pac-12 South to two consecutive years tied for second to a third-place finish and then, last fall, to fifth. That’s a steady drop, but the most precipitous fall came between 2015 and 2016. Before last season, the Bruins and outspoken sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen garnered plenty of hype, which made the team’s 4–8 finish all the more shocking. Rosen did miss the final six games of the season with an injury, but even so, the team went just 3–3 in games he started.

Having Rosen back as a junior should almost certainly make a difference for the Bruins, but it’s hard to predict how much. Another sub-.500 season might be more than Mora will be able to weather.

Read about the other seven coaches who must win in 2017 here

ESPN: Winners/Losers in conference expansion … a look back

From ESPN … The winds of change blew frequently in the early part of the decade.

The summers of 2010, 2011 and 2012 were rife with wheeling and dealing as colleges played a game of conference musical chairs, hoping to find a better seat than the one they previously occupied. The offseason chaos that seemed so constant then is much more subdued now, with the power conferences remaining mostly stable in recent years.

There was rampant speculation at the time on which schools and conferences “won” or “lost” in conference realignment. Now that ample time has passed, it’s possible to evaluate who really did well and who didn’t in the major shifts that changed the college football landscape. Here, that’s what we set out to do.

Using a few criteria — including on-field success, finances and future outlook — and by obtaining financial data, as well as speaking with athletic directors and conference commissioners, we evaluate how the dozen programs that moved between (or into) Power 5 conferences fared in their move, and also which of those five conferences succeeded (or failed) in conference realignment.

… Colorado … 

How it’s worked out: This one could be viewed either way. From a standpoint of pure on-field football success, the move hasn’t worked out. But is that really because the Buffaloes switched conferences? They were struggling before they left the Big 12 (21-40 in their past five seasons), and it’s hard to say that simply remaining in the Big 12 would’ve changed that. What the Buffs did find is a more stable conference that brought them closer to their California alumni base (“We have more than 30,000 alumni on the West Coast,” athletic director Rick George said) and put them in a conference that George called more “compatible” with Colorado academically. And now, the football future is looking bright: After five consecutive losing seasons, they went 10-4 last year and won the Pac-12 South, recruiting has improved, they’ve had major football facility overhauls (their Champions Center is a pristine headquarters for the football program) and athletics revenue has grown gradually in recent years ($58.3 million in fiscal year 2013; $64.2 million in 2014; $67.8 million in 2015; and $77.2 million in 2016). “Last year was a really good step for us,” George said. “I think moving forward, our program will be in a much better position consistently to compete for that top spot that we were last year.”

… The Pac-12 conference … 

How it’s worked out: We’ll call them a winner for now, but it’s a precarious position if things don’t change, particularly when it comes to revenue, in the future. The conference took a home run swing at a Pac-16 that didn’t formulate but still added a pair of teams. Colorado was a football bottom feeder for its first five years in the league until it turned in a 10-4 campaign last year, which included a Pac-12 championship game appearance. Utah has fared better, finishing in the AP Top 25 each of the past three seasons and having four winning seasons in its first six. The conference is stable, it has quality programs in attractive locations, and early in the decade seemed to be ahead of the media-rights revenue curve. The latter part has changed. The Pac-12 Network suffered to get the kind of distribution that its Big Ten and SEC counterparts did, thus creating a revenue gap. The league paid out an average of $28.7 million to each school in fiscal year 2016 while the SEC distributed roughly $40 million per school and the Big Ten distributed nearly $35 million per school. “I think a lot of us, ADs especially, are concerned about this gap that’s growing in TV revenue [between the Pac-12 and] the Big Ten and the SEC,” Utah athletic director Chris Hill said. “We’re concerned we’re going to get priced out if we’re not careful.”

… Stories on other teams and other conferences can be found here

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June 23rd

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Pac-12 sets league record for NBA draft with 14 players selected

From the Pac-12 … It was a historic night for Pac-12 men’s basketball at the 2017 NBA Draft as a league-record and national-best 14 former standouts were selected, including six in the first round highlighted by the No. 1 overall selection and three lottery picks.

WASHINGTON’s Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ers, joining UCLA’s Bill Walton in 1974 and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in 1969 as top picks from Conference members. Fultz is the first Husky to be taken first overall in the NBA Draft.

WASHINGTON became the first school and the Pac-12 became the first conference to have both No. 1 NBA and WNBA Draft picks as UW’s Kelsey Plum was the first choice of the San Antonio Stars in April’s WNBA Draft. UCLA’s Abu Danladi was also the No. 1 selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, making the Pac-12 the first league to have the top picks in those three drafts.

UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, the 2017 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, was chosen No. 2 by his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, marking the first time in league history and just the fourth time in the NBA Draft’s 71-year history that the top two picks came from the same conference.

ARIZONA’s Lauri Markkanen went No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls via a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. His selection marked the second straight season and the fourth time in the last 10 years that the Pac-12 had three players selected in the top 10.

The Indiana Pacers took UCLA’s TJ Leaf at No. 18, UTAH’s Kyle Kuzma went No. 27 to the Lakers via a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, and COLORADO’s Derrick White was taken by the San Antonio Spurs at No. 29 to round out the league’s six first rounders.

The Pac-12’s six first-round selections were the second-most of any conference in the country and tied for the second-most in league history trailing only the 2008 Draft class.

Eight additional Pac-12 players were taken in the second round to raise the overall total to 14, equaling the most of any conference in this year’s Draft and eclipsing the previous Pac-12 mark of 12 in 2008.

Continue reading story here

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June 22nd

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Iconic Arizona State football coach Frank Kush dead at 88

From The Sporting News … Frank Kush, who put Arizona State football on the map before a controversial end to his tenure, has died at age 88. The school announced Kush’s passing Thursday.

A 1995 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Kush led the ASU program from 1958-1979, racking up a 176-54-1 record and overseeing the program’s transition to the newly expanded Pac-10 from the WAC. His Sun Devils went 11-0 in 1970 and 12-0 in 1975, finishing the latter season ranked No. 2 in the country.

Kush was fired five games into the 1979 season after punter Kevin Rutledge said the coach had punched him during a game at Washington the previous season. A statement issued by ASU athletic director Fred Miller at the time of the firing cited six witnesses who corroborated Rutledge’s account of the incident. Miller also cited an apparent attempt by Kush to cover up the incident as his reason for firing the coach when he did.

… Continue reading story here …

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June 21st

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Pac-12 Top 10 Storylines for 2017

From Athlon Sports … The Pac-12 isn’t short on intrigue for the 2017 college football season. Washington and USC are projected by most to be the top two teams in the league, with Oregon, Stanford and Washington State headlining the next tier. But there’s plenty of depth, as Colorado (the defending Pac-12 South champs), Utah and UCLA are all projected to be bowl teams by Athlon Sports for 2017. The bottom of the league features two teams – Arizona and Arizona State – from the desert looking for improvement on defense, Oregon State is trending up entering its third season under coach Gary Andersen, while California is rebuilding under new coach Justin Wilcox.

6. Following Up a Storybook Season in Boulder

Years of football futility washed away in 2016, as Colorado turned in a storybook campaign that resulted in an unlikely South Division title. Not only did CU end an eight-year streak without a bowl game, but the Buffs also spent time in the top 10 and, for a time, even had a slim shot at making the College Football Playoff.

Defending that division title and competing on an equal level with the USCs and Washingtons of the world will test Mike MacIntyre’s skills to the fullest. The Buffs’ off-season has been rather tumultuous and has seen the team lose nearly the entire defensive staff (architects of a top-20 unit nationally), their four-year starter at quarterback and the bulk of the defensive line and secondary.

Not everything is dire in Boulder, though. Much of the optimism surrounds signal caller Steven Montez. The sophomore filled in at times last year and flashed plenty of potential. He led the team to wins over both Oregon schools and posted a respectable 9-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Add in seniors Phillip Lindsay (1,252 yards, 16 TDs in 2016) and Michael Adkins II, and the Colorado backfield will undoubtedly be a focal point for the Buffs as they look to sustain success.

Big questions remain on defense with coordinator Jim Leavitt now at Oregon. D.J. Eliot took over after serving in the same position at Kentucky and has plenty of experience running the 3-4 scheme that has brought recent success to the Flatirons. It will be interesting to see who steps up to replace dependable defenders Tedric Thompson, Chidobe Awuzie, Jordan Carrell and Josh Tupou.

But it’s nice to have to deal with expectations once again.

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June 20th

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Jon Wilner takes outgoing Pac-12 Networks president to task

From the San Jose Mercury News … The second of back-to-back Hotline posts on news from late last week examines the conference’s business affairs. It was spurred by two developments, one a head scratcher, the other a jaw dropper.

The head scratcher: Comments by outgoing Pac-12 Networks president Lydia Murphy-Stephans.

The jaw dropper: Big Ten conference distribution projections for FY18.

Yes, the items are related. Both are about money.

Yes, the Hotline keeps close track of Pac-12 money, for three reasons:

1) It’s all about the money.
2) Even when they say it’s not all about the money, it’s all about the money
3) The conference itself, so transparent and proactive on so many issues, is extraordinarily guarded about the finances of its operations.

Which revenue stream has increased by the greatest percentage over the past decade?

It’s the media rights — the one revenue stream controlled by the conference.

The jump in the value of live sports far exceeds the jump in value of, say, merchandise sales or multimedia rights, and it’s not even close.

And the conference created a business model for the P12Nets that is generating far less revenue than the models used by other conferences.

That’s why the P12Nets are being “called out.” Because media rights is where the money is … and where the Pac-12 money isn’t.

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June 19th

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Jon Wilner rates the hot seat rankings of every Pac-12 coach

From the San Jose Mercury News … Contract developments involve Arizona State’s non-move on Todd Graham, Colorado’s double-down on Mike MacIntyre and, stretching back to April, Chris Petersen’s whopper of an extension at Washington.

You’ll notice below that 10 of the coaches are signed through either 2020 or 2021.

Of course, terminations can happen at any point in the course of an agreement.

And, of course, Chip Kelly is out there.

Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre
Contract: Signed through 2021 (Source: CU athletics)
Hot Seat rating: Cold front moved in late last week
Comment: Just days after the conclusion of the investigation into MacIntyre’s conduct in the domestic abuse case, his new contract was approved by the regents, unanimously. Fairly telling, I’d say.

… Other entertaining ratings, from “Houston in August” to “Vladivostok, 3 a.m., January”, can be found here

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June 18th

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USC loses top quarterback recruit from the Class of 2018

From 247 Sports … According to a source close to this recruitment, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star quarterback Matt Corral has de-committed from USC.

The 6-2, 196-pounder, an elite talent in the class of 2018, has parted ways with the program he committed to back on Feb. 5, 2016.

Corral has been an active recruiter for the Trojans since day one, but will now pursue other options.

According to a source, Corral will no longer consider USC moving forward. He is open to all schools and is welcoming new scholarship offers. However, as things stand today, Alabama, Florida and Georgia are the three schools that have separated themselves from the pack.

Corral, arguably the top signal-caller in the 2018 class, is a U.S. Army All-American and will participate in the nationally-televised event in Jan. 2018.

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June 15th

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Interview with outgoing Pac-12 Network president Lydia Murphy-Stephans

… Perhaps it’s just me, but I can’t help but believe that fans of the Pac-12 will be better off with a new Network president …

From CableFax … Cable veteran Lydia Murphy-Stephans left her consulting business in 2011 for the chance to help launch Pac-12 Networks, the first college sports net owned and operated by one of the major conferences. Over the next five-and-a-half years, she became the first woman to serve as president of a national sports net and established the seven-network conglomerate – one national, six regional – as one of the most comprehensive sports outlets in the country. Before her departure at the end of June, Murphy-Stephans sat down with Cablefax to reflect on her tenure.

How has Pac-12 Networks evolved and grown since you began the pre-launch process in late 2011?

In five and a half years, the Pac-12 went from having the vision to have its own network to actually operating a world-class multimedia company with seven TV networks, 850 live events, more than 500 hours of shoulder programming, a library with hundreds of thousands of hours of content, 13 websites, distribution in place on every existing platform and positioned for future growth with more than 75 providers worldwide. That’s a lot in five and a half years, and we did it all while being profitable in year one. Over the five years, we’ve have had a compound annual growth rate of 32%. My team — and it really was a team effort — and I have positioned the Pac-12 in a good place for future growth. I’m leaving with everything as good as it can be right now, but definitely with the opportunity for significant future growth.

Several administrators from member schools have criticized the Networks for not meeting profitability expectations relative to the other conference networks. Is that criticism fair?

There is a gap between what Pac-12 Networks delivers and the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network. What has to be factored in is the revenue specifically from Pac-12 Networks is only one part of the overall revenue each university receives from the Pac-12. I understand there is frustration, though no athletic director or administrator was ever told the Pac-12 Networks would deliver the same or more revenue than what its peer conferences are currently getting from their networks.

There are other sources of revenue. There’s revenue from the NCAA based on the revenue-generating sports and how well each university performs in the football postseason and men’s basketball postseason. That’s a significant source of revenue for universities. If the universities are not performing well in postseason play compared to other Power Five conferences or other conferences in general or other schools, there will be a revenue gap. If ticket sales are less than other conferences, there will be a significant gap. Then there’s merchandise sales and there’s multimedia rights with third-party rightsholders. So, all of those contribute to the gap.

Yes, Pac-12 Networks is one factor. It certainly shouldn’t be called out. I don’t think it’s fair in any way to call out Pac-12 Networks as the source of the deficiency the universities or maybe those particular athletic directors or administrators are citing.

Read full interview here

Oregon road trip to Wyoming looking more difficult now than when it was originally scheduled

From the Eugene Register-Guard … How high can Willie Taggart take the Ducks during his first season leading the program?

At least 7,220 feet above sea level in September.

Oregon’s intriguing nonconference schedule includes the Sept. 2 home opener against Southern Utah, the Sept. 9 rematch with Mike Riley’s Nebraska Cornhuskers and a Sept. 16 road game at Wyoming.

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens scheduled the two games at Autzen Stadium, but Bill Moos signed the paperwork for the visit to the thin air of Laramie, Wyo.

The deal was struck Jan. 17, 2007, a month before Mike Bellotti hired Chip Kelly as Oregon’s program-changing offensive whiz.

“That’s going to be a very difficult road game,” Mullens said. “It will be a challenge. It was there, we inherited it, and we will fulfill the obligation.”

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June 14th 

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First-ever player legally binding contract to be signed between and athlete and a school

RelatedHere is a link to the nine-page contract (it’s worth your time to take a look)

From CBS Sports … What is being called the first-ever legally binding contract between a college prospect and his school will be unveiled Wednesday at the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia.

The College Athletic Protection Agreement would make negotiable such items as medical treatment/insurance beyond an athlete’s eligibility and an automatic release from a scholarship should a player want to transfer.

The agreement states that the protections and benefits secured by such a contract would be “worth over $100,000 beyond a minimum scholarships without breaking NCAA rules.”

“We think this will change things,” said Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association. “This will be a good place to start. It opens Pandora’s Box.”

Huma’s nonprofit organization has advocated for players’ rights and is behind development of the contract. He says the NCPA has thoroughly vetted the document with legal and NCAA experts.

“I think the biggest impact of the document could be it educates athletes and families about benefits to them that are not uniformly provided,” said Tim Nevius, a former NCAA enforcement official. “The ultimate benefit could be education, even if no one utilizes the document.”

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June 13th

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Arizona State head coach Todd Graham does not receive contract extension

From the Arizona Republic … Arizona State is not extending football coach Todd Graham’s contract by one year as it has done annually in the past, leaving Graham under contract for less than five years for the first time since his arrival.

ASU is coming off two consecutive losing seasons going into Graham’s sixth season. He is under contract through June 30, 2021 – a period covering the 2017-2020 seasons – per terms of an amended contract approved last year by the Arizona Board of Regents.

Graham received one-year contract extensions in September 2013, June 2014, September 2015 and June 2016, keeping his contract length at its original five years. Now, he will have four years left on his contract going into this season and three after the 2017 season.

ASU Vice President for Athletics Ray Anderson said a contract extension for Graham is not mandatory although his contract reads: “If grounds do not exist for termination for cause, ASU will ask the board to extend coach’s contract for one additional year following completion of the 2016 football season.”

Anderson said, “That’s not an automatic provision in the contract. It wasn’t rolled over because it didn’t need to be rolled over.”

Graham had no comment on the decision not to extend his contract.

Because Graham is not receiving an extension, the penalty he would have to pay for leaving ASU for another job falls from $1.5 million to $1 million for the remainder of his contract.

If ASU replaces Graham at some point, he is owed 100 percent of the remainder of his annual salary, which is $3.2 million as of Jan. 1, 2017. Graham also has a number of athletic and academic salary bonus opportunities in his contract.

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June 10th

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Average age of sports viewer getting older

From Sports Business Daily … According to a striking study of Nielsen television viewership data of 25 sports, all but one have seen the median age of their TV viewers increase during the past decade.

The study, conducted exclusively for SportsBusiness Journal by Magna Global, looked at live, regular-season game coverage of major sports across both broadcast and cable television in 2000, 2006 and 2016. It showed that while the median age of viewers of most sports, except the WTA, NBA and MLS, is aging faster than the overall U.S. population, it is doing so at a slower pace than prime-time TV.

The trends show the challenges facing leagues as they try to attract a younger audience and ensure long-term viability, and they reflect the changes in consumption patterns as young people shift their attention to digital platforms.

“There is an increased interest in short-term things, like stats and quick highlights,” said Brian Hughes, senior vice president of audience intelligence and strategy at Magna Global USA. “That availability of
information has naturally funneled some younger viewers away from TV.”

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Property Median age 2016 (change since 2000)
Pro wrestling 54 (+26 years)
NHL 49 (+16)
Action sports 47 (+16)
WNBA 55 (+13)
Horse racing 63 (+12)
ATP 61 (+10)
Figure skating 64 (+10)
College basketball (men’s) 52 (+8)
Olympics 53 (+8)
NFL 50 (+6)
Pro rodeo 57 (+6)
College football 52 (+6)
MLB 57 (+5)
Boxing 49 (+4)
NBA 42 (+2)
WTA Tour 55 (-3)

UCLA picks up immediate help on offensive line with transfer from Miami

From CBS Sports … UCLA’s offensive line is set to receive an immediate boost with the addition of 6-foot-8, 325-pound offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu to the 2017 roster.

Odogwu suffered an injury after just four games in 2016 that knocked him out for the rest of the season, but when healthy, he’s been starting or in the rotation and in his time on the sideline was able finish his undergraduate degree to be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer in 2017. According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Odogwu chose UCLA over Michigan.

Odowgu is a native of Nigeria who came to the United States when he was 16 and played football for the first time as a senior in high school. When it was announced that he was transferring after the semester, Miami coach Mark Richt described him as a “great teammate” that is seeking more playing time.

With his commitment to UCLA, Odogwu becomes an immediate answer for one of the starting tackle positions, adding depth and size to an offensive line tasked with protecting Bruins’ star quarterback Josh Rosen.

Arizona State wide receiver transfers to Notre Dame for senior season

From NBC Sports … Not long after Notre Dame officially lost a transfer, the Fighting Irish officially landed one.

The Irish announced Monday evening that Cameron Smith will attend graduate school at the university and will play football for Brian Kelly’s squad.  As the wide receiver is coming in as a graduate transfer, he’ll have immediate eligibility.

The 2017 season will be his final year of eligibility.

Earlier this offseason, Smith opted to transfer from Arizona State.  During his time with the Sun Devils, the receiver started 18 of the 30 games in which he played.  He missed the entire 2015 season because of an injury.

During his three healthy years, Smith caught a combined 60 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns.  One of those touchdown receptions came in a November of 2014 ASU win over… Notre Dame.  That season was Smith’s best as he finished second on the team in receiving yards (596) and receiving touchdowns (six), while his 41 receptions were third.

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June 9th

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Utah extends the contact of head coach Kyle Whittingham through 2021

… Feel free to send the link on to your favorite CU Regent (the Board meets June 15th) … 

From the Salt Lake City Tribune … Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham will be sticking around a little bit longer.

Whittingham, who is 104-50 in 12 years as the Utes football coach, recently signed a contract extension through 2021, the school announced.

Whittingham was named the head coach on Dec. 8, 2004, succeeding Urban Meyer. His first win was as co-coach with Meyer in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh; overall, Whittingham is 10-1 in bowl games with the Utes, including a win in the Foster Farms Bowl last December against Indiana.

Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, Whittingham has led the Utes to victories over every other team in the league.

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July 8th

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Athlon Pac-12 storylines for 2017

From Athlon Sports … Washington claimed the Pac-12 title and a CFB Playoff berth last season, and despite some key personnel departures, coach Chris Petersen’s team isn’t fading from the top of the league in 2017. The Huskies are a slight favorite over USC in Athlon’s 2017 Pac-12 predictions, with Oregon, Stanford and Washington State rounding out the next tier. Defending South Division champion Colorado has several key losses on defense, but coach Mike MacIntyre should keep the Buffaloes in the mix for second behind USC. Utah and UCLA – with Josh Rosen back under center – are two other wild cards to watch in the South this fall.

Here are five key storylines or discussions that shaped Athlon’s Pac-12 predictions for 2017:

1. Washington and USC…the Clear Favorites for 2017

2. Who is the Top Challenger to Washington in the Pac-12 North?

3. The Josh Rosen Factor at UCLA

4. What to Expect from Colorado and Utah? … UCLA got the nod as the No. 2 team from the Pac-12 South in Athlon’s predictions, but there’s very little separation between the Bruins, Colorado and Utah. The Buffaloes are the defending South champs and will remain a factor in this division. Coach Mike MacIntyre’s team suffered heavy losses on defense, but the offense has a chance to be better than last year’s version that averaged 31.1 points per game. Quarterback Steven Montez is a breakout candidate, while the receiving corps is the best in the league. Utah has won at least nine games in each of the last three seasons, and despite significant personnel departures, don’t count out coach Kyle Whittingham’s team. The addition of Troy Taylor as the program’s new play-caller should provide some punch to the passing game for an offense that finished eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring last fall. Quarterback Troy Williams returns for his second year as the starter, but his supporting cast is a concern. The line returns just one starter, and standout running back Joe Williams is handling carries in the NFL. The Utes should be tough on defense once again, featuring a front seven that ranks among the best in the Pac-12. Safety Chase Hansen is a candidate for All-America honors. Why Colorado over Utah? The schedule. The Utes play the top four teams from the North, while the Buffaloes miss Oregon and Stanford in favor of Oregon State and California.

5. The state of Arizona

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June 7th

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Jon Wilner picks his top ten Pac-12 games of 2017

From the San Jose Mercury News … In one sense, the schedule narrative for 2017 is set:

The heavy favorites for the division titles, conference title and possible playoff berth, Washington and USC, miss each other, thus removing the game that would otherwise sit atop any list of this sort.

If the Trojans and Huskies collide, it will be Dec. 1 at Levi’s Stadium.

Add to that equation a limited number of marquee non-conference games, especially as compared to last season, and the anticipation factor for the ’17 schedule is a tad limited — at least from a conference-wide, non-team-specific perspective.

That said, there are more than enough enticing games to fill out the list below. I found six that were must-includes, then seven more that were worthy. From that group, I discarded three.

… Nov. 11: USC at Colorado. The Trojans’ only roadtrip in the final month, which makes this a precarious step on their (possible) path to the playoff. Forecast calls for 37, rain and wind — Ralphie weather, for sure.

(Yes, I’m making that up.)

Read full list of games here (USC: 4; Oregon: 3; Stanford, Washington, Utah: 2; Colorado, UCLA, Washington State, Oregon State 1; Arizona; Arizona State; Cal: 0)

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June 6th

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Early Signing Day will help to level the recruiting playing field … and SEC coaches don’t like it

From Sports Illustrated … The wine list at Seagar’s Steakhouse paled in comparison to the whine list a few yards away in a theater meeting room at the Hilton Sandestin. Last week, one SEC coach after another stepped into that room and complained about the new early signing period that will allow high school players to sign letters of intent six weeks earlier if they’d like.

“I think it’s kind of reckless, really,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said of the package of recruiting rules changes passed in April.

“You have to do a great job looking in the crystal ball,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “It puts us at a disadvantage.”

“When you guys come up with it, tell me,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said when asked what the advantage is for the players.

To hear the coaches tell it, the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee and Division I council passed a bunch of new rules—including the early signing period—to make changes for the sake of making changes. But when they say they can’t imagine whom an early signing period might help or that they can’t see how it helps the players, they’re not being entirely honest. They know exactly how the early signing period will help the players.

For decades, coaches have had a huge upper hand in the recruiting process. They knew how the system worked. For the most part, the recruits and their parents had no idea. Sure, a few of the best players could dictate terms and string along the coaches, but this lopsided information dynamic allowed coaches to dictate the terms of the process to the vast majority of recruits.

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June 5th

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Washington State schedules a home-and-home series with Houston

From the Pac-12 … Washington State University and the University of Houston have agreed to a home-and-home football series beginning in 2019, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Monday.

The two-game series is set to begin Sept. 14, 2019 in Houston, with the return game Sept. 12, 2020 in Martin Stadium.

“In recent years Houston has been one of the top programs in the country,” said Moos. “I believe our fans will enjoy having another quality nonconference opponent in Martin Stadium.”

This will be the first meeting between the teams since the 1988 Aloha Bowl, when Washington State came away with a 24-22 victory.

Washington State leads the all-time series, 2-1, with WSU capturing a 32-18 win in 1959 and Houston winning 21-7 in 1966. Both of those games were in Houston.

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June 4th

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Jon Wilner ranks the Pac-12 schedules 

From the San Jose Mercury News … The announcement last week of the kickoff times/TV lineup for the early weeks of the Pac-12 season is, as it was last year, the launch point for a Hotline examination of the schedules.

We’ll start by ranking all 12, weakest to toughest …

12. Washington

11. Arizona

10. Washington State

9. Colorado
Noncon: vs. Colorado State (Denver), vs. Texas State, vs. Northern Colorado
Comment: Disappointingly-soft non-conference lineup — much like that of the Pac-12’s other defending division champion — gives way to an intra-league schedule that brings USC and Washington to Boulder and misses Stanford. The bye is late, before the season ender at Utah.

8. Utah

7. Oregon State

6. Stanford

5. Arizona State

4. Oregon

3. California

2. USC

1. UCLA

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June 3rd

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Big 12 flush with cash and stability; no expansion talk this summer (sorry, CSU)

From ESPN … The Big 12 Conference reported another year of record revenue Friday, with school officials saying it was proof of financial strength.

“No one is significantly stronger than we are in any of the power five conferences,” said David Boren, Oklahoma’s president and outgoing chairman of the Big 12 board of directors. “We can hold our own with any of them in regard to our financial picture.”

As the league’s spring meetings came to a close, Boren also said the 10 schools are strongly united.

Boren said that the Sooners, despite the assertion of some outside the league, aren’t desperately seeking to find another conference. Or is any other school.

“Emphatically not,” Boren said. “You can tell that from my own conversations. We’re more optimistic than we have been in some time about the future of the Big 12 and the strength and stability of the conference.”

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June 2nd

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Kansas State reversal – wide receiver given release for transfer

From CBS Sports … After blocking Corey Sutton from receiving a grant-in aid to 35 different programs, Kansas State has released the wide receiver in his quest to transfer.

The Friday announcement made by athletic director Gene Taylor and coach Bill Snyder comes after a swirl of controversy in which Snyder passionately — or, as passionately as Snyder can be — explained why he denied Sutton his release.

“After having further dialogue with Coach Snyder and the Sutton family, we believe that it is in everyone’s best interest to grant Corey his full release,” Taylor said in a release. “We wish Corey the best as he continues his athletic and academic career.”

Sutton requested his release from the program in May. In a recent interview with the Wichita Eagle, Sutton said he “presented K-State with a list of 35 potential transfer destinations in early May and the school denied his release to all 35 a week later. Sutton said the list didn’t contain any Big 12 schools or teams on future Kansas State schedules. Some were FCS and Division II. Didn’t matter. K-State blocked him everywhere.”

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Sports Illustrated – Exchange Utah and Stanford in Pac-12 divisions

From Sports Illustrated … Discussions regarding Auburn’s placement in the SEC’s divisions resurfaced in the past few weeks, as SI’s Andy Staples analyzed. The talk around realigning the SEC’s divisions could lead to actual debate among the conference’s leaders, though most likely it’ll fade as just another meaningless storyline to help pass the off-season.

Still, the Auburn-to-the-East movement raises a valid point that applies far beyond the SEC: Most conferences’ divisions are poorly constructed—at least in terms of creating competitive balance given the current state of their programs. The result is that in most conferences, the must-see game that effectively decides the league title is a regular season matchup between division rivals rather than the actual title game after the season.

The good news is that in most cases a few minor tweaks to the divisional alignment could bring much better balance and lead to more competitive conference championships. The bad news is there seems to be almost no urgency among the leagues to consider any changes. (At this point, you might be wondering what’s the purpose of considering this if the conferences aren’t actually planning any changes. But remember, it’s June 1 and there’s still nearly three months until the season starts.)

The Pac-12 … Swap Utah and Stanford

Remember this time two years ago when a big off-season debate was whether the Pac-12 South had surpassed the SEC West as the toughest division in college football? Yeah, that didn’t hold up, and the division produced only three winning teams last season. In the six-year history of the Pac-12 championship game, the North Division representative has won every time, and apart from UCLA’s three-point loss to Stanford in 2012, the South hasn’t even come close. USC should enter the 2017 season as the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12, so perhaps this is the year the South finally wins the conference. But apart from the Trojans, the rest of the conference’s strength still plays in the North.

Looking ahead, it’s necessary to consider that the programs most likely to be consistently successful are USC, Stanford, Oregon and Washington (you could argue for UCLA, but the Bruins seem unable to maintain an elite level of success for longer than a few seasons). So to create balance between the two divisions, two of those four teams need to be in the South and two in the North. That makes Stanford the most natural candidate to move.

In exchange, the North takes on Utah, a solid replacement that in the right years could contend for a division title, albeit not as regularly as the Cardinal. With this swap, the North should feature a compelling race in most years between Washington and Oregon plus Utah or Washington State in some years. The South would pit Stanford against USC with UCLA as the most regular challenger to those two. And under this divisional alignment, the North would hold three of the already played conference championship game victories (two for Oregon, one for Washington) while the South would also possess three (all Stanford).

The biggest obstacle here is how to schedule the four California schools. All four play each other each year, which means that with the current division setup, each plays one of the others as a divisional opponent (Cal vs. Stanford, UCLA vs. USC) and the remaining two as protected crossover games. If Stanford moves to the South Division, that would require Cal to play three protected crossovers, leaving only one conference game left to rotate among the three other teams in the South. That’s not a terrible outcome; few tears will be shed over such premier matchups as Cal vs. Colorado, Cal vs. Arizona or Cal vs. Arizona State being played only once every three years. Or if there’s robust resistance to that outcome, perhaps Cal vs. Stanford could be protected as an annual game with Cal vs. USC and Cal vs. UCLA being played three out of every five years.

View other conference re-alignment proposals here

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June 1st

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Kansas State coach Bill Synder denies wide receiver transfer request

From CBS Sports … Corey Sutton wants to leave Kansas State, but it seems Kansas State isn’t willing to let him go just yet.

Sutton announced his decision to transfer in early May, but nearly a month later, Sutton says that Kansas State and coach Bill Snyder have not granted him his release yet despite originally telling him it would be ok.

Furthermore, according to Sutton, he gave Kansas State a list of 35 schools he would be interested in transferring to — including some FCS and Division II options — and Kansas State rejected every single one of them.

“When I originally told Coach Snyder I was going to transfer, he said, ‘Well, Corey, I feel bad that you want to leave, but I can’t make you stay,'” Sutton told The Wichita Eagle. “I dropped all my [future] classes, moved out of Kansas and started looking at my options, then I find out they are denying me my release.

“Coach Snyder told me [Wednesday] that, when I signed my letter of intent, that was my commitment to him, that I was going to be there for four years. I heard that and told him, ‘Coaches can leave. So why can’t a player leave? You made a commitment to me that you were going to treat me the right way and that’s not what you’re doing.'”

Snyder responded in an interview on Sports Radio 810. The longtime Kansas State coach argued that while he won’t release a player — thereby allowing him to pursue a scholarship agreement elsewhere immediately — that player is free to leave and walk-on at another school immediately, he will just have to wait a year before going back on scholarship.

“It’s my commitment that once we have signed the youngster, that we’re committed to him as long as he behaves himself. I accept a youngster that comes into our program as making a similar commitment with a handshake and obviously a signed piece of paper. I’ve always said a youngster is free to leave, but I’m not going to release the youngster,” Snyder said, via Kansas State’s Rivals’ site.

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Cal’s red ink a “looming fiscal catastrophe” 

From the San Jose Mercury News … The task force charged with framing a future for Cal athletics is not expected to recommend cutting sports when its findings are presented to campus leadership later this month, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the group’s conclusions.

Overview of uncomfortable issues? Check.

Allusions to looming fiscal catastrophe? Perhaps.

… The Bears were $22 million in the red last year and are expecting fiscal 2017 to be nearly as bleak, with no end to the bleeding in sight.

… “There has been a lot of kicking the can down the road,” a source said. “But after this last kick, the road gets steeper and the can gets heavier.”

Multiple sources believe as many as 10 or 12 sports could eventually be eliminated — the current model simply isn’t sustainable with revenue trends, increasing costs and the unrelenting debt service that’s on the books for decades to come.

(Starting in 2032, the principal kicks in and annual payments soar — first to $30 million and eventually to almost $40 million.

But that grim outlook has been hovering over athletics for more than a year. The TFIA was supposed to provide clarity. It was supposed to provide answers.

Instead, the waiting continues.

“The future of the program,” one observer noted, “has been left hanging.”

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May 31st

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Pac-12 announces schedule for the first three weeks of the season

From the Pac-12 …

Date Away Home Time (PT/MT) Network
Thursday, Aug. 31 North Dakota Utah 4:30pm/5:30 pm Pac-12 Network
New Mexico State ASU 7:30pm/8:30pm Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 1 Colorado State Colorado 5pm/6pm Pac-12 Network
Saturday, Sept. 2 Portland State Oregon State 11am/12pm Pac-12 Network
Western Michigan USC 2:15pm/3:15pm Pac-12 Network
Southern Utah Oregon 5:15pm/6:15pm Pac-12 Network
Northern Arizona Arizona 8pm/9pm Pac-12 Network
Saturday, Sept. 9 Texas State Colorado 11am/12pm Pac-12 Network
Weber State Cal 2pm/3pm Pac-12 Bay Area
Hawaii UCLA 2pm/3pm Pac-12 Network
Montana Washington 5pm/6pm Pac-12 Network
San Diego State ASU 8pm/9pm Pac-12 Network
Saturday, Sept. 16 Northern Colorado Colorado 11am/12pm Pac-12 Network
Oregon State Washington State 2:30pm/3:30pm Pac-12 Network
Fresno State Washington 6:30pm/7:30pm Pac-12 Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 30th

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Pac-12 Conference the first to 500 national championships (Big Ten second with 307)

From the Pac-12 … With WASHINGTON’s historic win at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships on Sunday morning, the Pac-12 became the first collegiate conference with 500 NCAA Championships.

On a history-making morning for the Pac-12, UW women’s rowing claimed its fourth NCAA title by becoming the first team to sweep the three major races at the championships – the Fours, the Second Eights Grand Final and Eights Grand Final.

In the Conference’s 101-year history, Pac-12 schools have claimed 500 NCAA titles in 29 different sports with eight programs winning more than 20 NCAA titles in their history. The top-three universities with the most NCAA titles are from the Pac-12 with STANFORD (113), UCLA (113) and USC (104) as the only programs with at least 100. National championships have come in 29 different sports and is the leaders in titles in 14, including baseball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s swimming.

“I am immensely proud of the 500 NCAA Championships won by Pac-12 member schools, and more than that, I’m proud of what this milestone represents about our athletics programs,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Pac-12 athletics departments set a standard of excellence across a broad base of men’s and women’s sports, and for more than 100 years, they have attracted the most talented and driven young people in the nation.”

The Pac-12 has outdistanced all other conferences in total NCAA titles, winning nearly 200 more than the next-closest league (Big Ten – 307, based on current membership). Other conferences also do not come close to the number of men’s (297 vs. 215 – Big Ten), women’s (173 vs. 100 – SEC), and combined (30 vs. 21 – Big 12) NCAA titles of the next-closest conferences.

… Pac-12 national championships (from Wikipedia) … 

— No. 1t – Stanford – 113

— No. 1t –  UCLA – 113

— No. 3 – USC – 104

— No. 10t – California – 36

— No. 12t – Oregon – 32

— No. 21 – Colorado – 26

— No. 24t – Arizona State – 24

— No. 27t – Utah – 21

— No. 35t – Arizona – 18

— University of Washington – 7

— Oregon State – 3

— Washington State – 2

 

 

May 29th

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Colorado State picks up transfer safety from Utah

… Not too much to worry about, if you check out his bio …

From the Coloradoan … Safety Jordan Fogal, who spent two years at Utah, is coming to CSU to play his final two seasons of college football.

Fogal earned his bachelor’s degree from Utah in December and will be pursuing as master’s degree in educational leadership at Colorado State University, he said Thursday. As a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play right away this fall.

… Fogal has torn the ACL in each of his knees twice, causing him to sit out a year between high school and junior college and to miss what would have been his second year at the College of San Mateo (California). He was in on 32 tackles and intercepted three passes there as a freshman in 2013.

Fogal will be eligible to apply for a hardship ruling from the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility following the 2017 season.

CSU had just three healthy safeties for much of spring practice, after losing senior A’Keitheon Whitner to a concussion. Junior Braylin Scott, a starter last year, sat out while recovering from wrist surgery and was then suspended while campus police investigated his involvement in the alleged theft of a watch and other jewelry from a teammate, according to an arrest affadavit. Scott was arrested May 10 on three felony charges and is due in court again June 5.

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Jordan Fogal bio, from UtahUtes.com … Walked on to the team in the fall of 2015 and was later placed on scholarship… suffered a season-ending injury in the third game that kept him out of spring ball as well.
2016–Played in eight games with two starts (UCLA, Washington), making five appearances on defense … 20 total tackles, 1.0 TFL … two interceptions, a forced fumble and a pass breakup … saw his first significant action at safety against Oregon State after an injury to Marcus Williams, making seven tackles and forcing a fumble … five tackles (1.0 TFL) and two interceptions in his first career start against UCLA … seven tackles and a pass breakup against Washington … honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic.
2015–Played in the first three games before a season-ending injury … saw time at safety against Michigan and played on special teams against Utah State and Fresno State … 1 tackle … lettered.

ESPN Football Power Index … Pac-12 has five of the toughest schedules in the country

From ESPN … The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.

From the Pac-12 (with projected W/L record) … 

1. California … 3.6 – 8.4

3. USC … 9.2 – 3.6

6. Stanford … 9.0 – 3.3

8. UCLA … 7.5 – 4.7

9. Arizona State … 5.7 – 6.3

12. Oregon State … 4.8 – 7.2

14. Utah … 5.2 – 6.8

39. Washington State … 8.1 – 4.0

42. Washington … 10.1 – 2.3

45. Oregon … 8.3 – 3.9

48. Arizona … 5.6 – 6.5

49. Colorado … 6.4 – 5.7

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28 Responses to “Pac-12 Notes”

  1. ep

    Murphy has to be salivating over any intraconference realignment plans. What was the Duck’s record last year? and Stanford wasnt their usual self either. Washington is the only clear and present big dog in the North right now constantly and painfully reminding me of the horrible Hawkins choice. We hired nothing more than a big mouth with a kid to promote when one of the absolute best coaches in the country was right under our noses.

  2. Hey Stuart, regarding the Stewart Mandel article, the Buffs are with the Barons. I think that is probably appropriate based on their overall history. Those who only know about their recent history probably son’t agree. Overall I would mostly agree with his list but I wouldn’t put so many in the Kings category. Miami is highly suspect especially when you consider that most of their success came by cheating (and getting away with it).

  3. buffnaustin

    Baylor will not close the football program because of the money. Being a Baptist University has no bearing on profit. The NCAA on the other hand should hand down the death penalty. This is by far worse than SMU. FACT.

  4. buffnaustin

    I try not boycott football games but I haven’t watched a championship game in since Oregon – Auburn so they can do what ever they want at halftime and it wont affect me being asleep by that time. Does anyone hear me? Does anyone care?

    • ep

      I havent either. Who cares bout a team (Alabama Ohio State etc) who have nothing but 5 and 4 star players starting and 3 deep on the bench who could make the local JV coach look good.
      Even though I love to hear anything that frosts Phil Knight’s buns as in the Tyner story I would always watch the ducks because of their entertaining offense….which may be a thing of the past

  5. ep

    Baylor. The NCAA death penalty isnt enough. The entire school should be forced to shut down…by the Baptist church if no one else. Is it worse than Penn State? I dont know but the guy riding herd over the whole university was the same guy who put 40 million dollars in his pocket of your taxpayer money for crucifying Bill Clinton for getting a little consensual sex.

  6. iriebuff

    Until the Pac12 get it straight with DirectTV the conference and therefore CU is not maximizing revenue potential that is sitting on the table. Unfortunately NFL Sunday Ticket wins over Pac 12 Network in my household every year!!

  7. ep

    Athlon….they really have the goods on Montez….right? He already has a 100 yard game rushing and they dont think he is a dual threat? How can I take anything they say seriously about other teams?

    • Eric Grathwol

      I chuckled at the same thing. First qb in CU history to throw for 300 and rush for 100 in the same game. Nope. No dual threat there. I will not be surprised to see a fair amount of Steven running by design. To the outside. He is much faster than Sefo.

      Go Buffs.

    • AZBuff

      I really never thought much of Sefo as a dual threat, although due to poor pass protection a lot of the time he did gain some yards. Then they started scheming actual plays around him running, mostly off tackle. He was a big guy and pretty hard to bring down. He also was not the greatest passer and many times held on to the ball too long and lacked consistent accuracy. Big Heart Though. All that said I still never thought of him as a major dual threat, but more of a last resort option.

      Now Montez, that is a different story as he can run but that I don’t think is what they truly want him to be, a running QB. They need to protect him and let his natural passing talents develop along with a great stable of WRs and rely on the RBs to do the majority of the running. All this as usual hinges on the OL performing at a higher level then we have seen for many years in Boulder. Loved those OL’s of the McCartney era.

  8. Casey

    The projected starting quarterback heigth is ridiculous in the Pac 12. Seems gone are the days for a 6′-0″ quarterback, now they gotta be 6′-3″ 225lbs with agile feet.

  9. Victor King

    Ya know? This draft is pretty exciting actually.

    Wow Buff(s) in the first round. Maybe 3 before the end of the second.

    Dang Nab it, I like it.

    BuffsUp

  10. ep

    CBS is short changing Chris Peterson. What else does the guy have to do to prove himself? He should be at least in their Spurrier catagory

    • ep

      and you wonder if Bohn still loses sleep about taking HWSRN instead of Peterson

      • AZBuff

        ep, Chris Peterson was not a known quantity when Hawkins was hired at CU. Boise St had started to make some noise out west in college football with Dirk Koetter and his hiring at ASU. Then Hawkins took over and the success at B St. continued. Hawkins by the time he was hired at CU was a very hot property. UofA was very interested in Hawkins the year before CU snagged him.

        How many coaches with the pedigree at that time that Chris Peterson had as an assistant at not even a Power Five conference school have you seen hired for the big time? I can’t think of very many. Power Five schools hire head coaches when they take a chance on a new guy from a smaller school, not assistants.

        Obviously looking back, sure they got the wrong guy but not too many AD’s are going to take that chance, and what had Chris Peterson proved up to that time frame? Fess up you and 99% of all of us Buff fans would have been underwhelmed and disgusted.

  11. ep

    Kinda slow this time of year for college sports writers. Cant wait for their next no value analysis.

  12. VK

    Welp the Coloradian. How does FT Hope get that name?

    Webb. Never been a Webb that helped out the Buffs at QB.
    “I’m a first round Guy”…..What? hahahahaha………….
    Talk about a Strawman. Must be a loaner type. Related???
    Gawd that guy. (And that guy too………sheesh. Glad he never showed up.

    Rank em if ya got em”

    Buffs.

    Are they ever gonna free Mac2?
    Are they ever gonna free RG?

  13. ep

    Word has it Javier is outworking a lot of his linemates

  14. ep

    Baylor has filed for relief due to technicalities? But have they asked forgiveness from Jesus?

  15. ep

    The Coloradoan is actually admitting the Ram secondary aint all that good?

  16. That’s funny, EP. I too would be pretty surprised to see Webb go in the first round. As I say, I’m no QB savant (or football savant, in general, for that matter) but I saw Davis toss what looked like plenty of passes, right into LB’s and DB’s hands, that, from my untrained eye, it appeared he just didn’t even see in the coverage.

    Yet, in his words from the story at espn.com “I try to show off a bit,” Webb said. “I try to show them that I know my stuff, about defenses and about fronts. I think my potential is through the roof.”

    Hey, at least he’s got some confidence, if not false bravado. I do hope the kid does well though.

    I hope Sefo gets his shot, and does much better. His mechanics seem to still be his biggest knock. I did watch the QBs at the combine, and didn’t notice much difference from him to Davis or many of the other dudes. But, unlike most of the QBs in the draft this year (by my speculation only, who had QB coaches from an early age) Sefo only was really dedicated to his craft the last four years. Give the kid some time, and he may be able to make the transition w/ better mechanics. I think his reads were generally better than Davis’ (again, complete speculation by me, not that I need to qualify that more, but I will anyway) and his other “intangibles” are off the charts. At least in my view. Either way, I know the young man will be successful in whatever he chooses as enters the next chapter of his life.

    As for our Buffs? It appears they’ve got two or three guys coming up who are likely more physically talented, and hopefully have the other components, to be even better than Sefo was for CU. Love that. In fact, in thinking about it, they could be the most talented trio of QB’s CU’s had on the field at the same time since Sal, Darian and CJ. That’s a long time. Hey, thank you Mike Mac and company.

    Go Buffs.

  17. ep

    Baylor gets humiliated…nuff said 🙂

  18. ep

    Not going to wish you luck Davis. I will say that NFL teams are busy spreading smokescreens about this time. I will be surprised if you go in the first or second round.

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