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By The Mercury News | Complete coverage of Pac-12 football, basketball and more from The Mercury News. (Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.)

Saturday Night Five: Arizona takes control, USC loses Boatwright, Oregon cranks it up, Leach loses two more, Jackson honored

Insta-reaction to recent developments on the court and off the field …<p><i>1. Arizona’s in charge, for good.</i><p>Sturdied by one of their best defensive …

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Friday mailbag: Readers want the basketball schedule to expand

The Pac-12 is considering a plan to increase the conference schedule to 20 games. Based on the latest Hotline reader survey, 20 isn’t enough.<p>The …

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Thursday stock report: ASU’s big chance, Pac-12 Networks’ shrewd move, Washington’s perch, bubble trouble and more

<i>Let’s start with a bit of vital housekeeping:</i><p><i>As many know, the Hotline’s parent website, www.mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model.</i></i> …

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Assessing the Quarterback Comfort Quotients: Little proven depth, loads of uncertainty across the conference

Rarely have we seen a better example, at any level of football, of the benefits of a capable backup quarterback than with the Eagles and Nick …

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Hotline podcast: Breaking down the 2018 QB depth charts with Pac-12 Networks analyst Yogi Roth

For the installment of the Hotline’s series on Pac-12 quarterbacks in 2018, I turned to someone who ventures deep into the QB weeds — so deep, in …

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Ranking the best Pac-12 quarterback classes of the century (the 2018 group has potential, but the bar is high)

On paper and in the stars, the Pac-12’s incoming class of quarterbacks is a whopper.<p>Of the top-50 prospects in 247sports.com’s composite rankings, 11 …

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Basketball power ratings: The coach-on-coach timeout violence needs to end. Now.

And Bobby Hurley makes five.<p>By my count there have been five instances of coaches calling meaningless, in-your-face timeouts since late last …

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Pac-12 recruiting: Top targets for each team in the class of 2019

The Hotline’s coverage of Pac-12 football recruiting continues with an eye to the future, which has quickly become the present:<p>The top targets for …

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My AP top-25 basketball ballot: Chaos reigns but Virginia remains No. 1; Xavier and Ohio State rise; Kansas and Arizona fall

Highlights from the ballot …<p>Destruction level: High.<p>In addition to losses by 14 teams on the ballot, the results of last week brought a rarity:<p>The …

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Recruiting wrap: Grading the Pac-12 classes (Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA make the most of difficult situations)

The Hotline’s grades initially appeared in the Friday newsletter but are being published as a column on the site for readers who don’t subscribe and …

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Saturday Night Five: Staggering at the top, NCAA seeds preview, Alford’s COY shot, Sumlin’s recruiting dilemma and tackle trouble

Insta-reaction to recent developments on the court and off the field …<p>(Please note: The Friday edition of the Hotline newsletter, which featured …

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Thursday stock report: Pac-12 defends its turf, USC cleans up, Pac12Nets clear the bar, combine snubs, cost of coaching changes

A weekly assessment of Pac-12 news, quasi-news and non-news (recruiting wrap coming in the Friday newsletter) …<p><b>Rising: Pac-12 defense.</b><p>On Wednesday …

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Pac-12 recruiting: The Hotline’s annual anti-anxiety guide to National Signing Day

The anxiety level should not be as high this year. Thanks to the early signing period, classes are partially formed and emotional acceptance is …

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National Signing Day storyline: As SEC, Big Ten powers increase their west coast poaching, how will the Pac-12 respond?

Eight top prospects from the west coast class of 2018 remain unsigned and uncommitted. Their decisions today will provide a morsel of insight into …

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You want potential candidates for the Cal AD search? The Hotline has potential candidates for the Cal AD search

Cal’s search for a new athletic director is underway, a mere five months after the job became available.<p>The timing shouldn’t come as a surprise. Cal …

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Basketball power ratings: The race for fourth place, Las Vegas byes and the Selection Sunday impact

What could be considered a ho-hum season to this point — at least in terms of the Pac-12’s impact on the national scene — is set up for several weeks …

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My AP top-25 basketball ballot: Virginia holds onto No. 1 while Duke, Kansas and North Carolina slide

Highlights from the ballot …<p>Modest destruction, with 10 teams in the AP poll losing. (We’ve seen plenty of weeks when that tally is 14 or 15.)<p>The …

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Saturday Night Five: Signing day predictions, Washington climbs off the bubble, Chip Kelly’s recruiting surge and more

Insta-reaction to recent developments on the court and off the field …<p><i>1. Prospects, pursuers and predictions.</i><p>We’re deep into the home stretch for the …

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Friday mailbag: The 20-game basketball schedule, staff salaries, coaches and more

Plenty to address this week …<p>And if you missed it, please vote in the latest Hotline fan survey: Should the conference expand the basketball …

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Poll: Should the Pac-12 expand the conference basketball schedule?

Let’s take a timely topic — the potential expansion of the Pac-12 conference season — to the fans:<p>Are you a fan of the 18-game format in place since …

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Thursday stock report: On Hurley’s big raise, Petersen’s big finish, Super Bowl rosters and Coliseum naming rights deal

A weekly assessment of Pac-12 news, quasi-news and non-news …<p><b>Rising: Bobby Hurley.</b><p>The third-year Arizona State coach was awarded a modest contract …

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Podcast with recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman: On USC’s finish, Chip Kelly’s recovery, Oregon’s pivot, Pac-12 trends and more

More than half the 2018 class was signed and sealed during the December window, but there will be plenty to watch in the Pac-12 on National Signing …

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Basketball power ratings: On Wildcats and Sun Devils, long trips, late nights and the potential for fatigue

The Arizona schools are headed to the Pacific Northwest this week and, per sources, will return home at some point in 2018.<p>Talk about long trips, as …

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Pac-12 basketball: The case for expanding the conference schedule (why play 18 when 20 makes so much more sense)

Let’s start, short and sweet, with the news: The Pac-12 is considering a 20-game conference schedule.<p>Now for the why, when, how, who and odds (gotta …

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My AP top-25 basketball ballot: Virginia is the new No. 1, followed by Villanova and Purdue

Highlights from the ballot …<p>Overall carnage was significant, with five of my top-10 teams losing and two of them, West Virginia and North Carolina, …

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Draft tracker: NFL Networks analyst Charles Davis breaks down Senior Bowl performances

Full disclosure: The NFL Draft itself is of modest interest to me. But the build-up to the draft … the months-long evaluation process, the quest for …

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Saturday Night Five: UCLA’s flawed resume, Arizona survives, Krystkowiak’s touch; Kelly and Edwards recruiting

Insta-reaction to recent developments on the court and off the field …<p>(Note: Arizona State’s shrinking path to the postseason was addressed in the …

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Friday mailbag: All about the Pac-12 Networks (cuts and changes, options and outlook, plus top tweets)

One topic dominate my Twitter timeline and in-box, and it wasn’t the Senior Bowl practices.<p>(Yes, I’ve watched the workouts on NFL Network. How else …

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Thursday stock report: Sean Miller’s savvy silence, WSU’s new AD, Heisman hype and the Pac-12 Networks’ cash flow conundrum

A weekly assessment of Pac-12 news, quasi-news and non-news …<p><b>Rising: Washington State.</b><p>Three months after athletic director Bill Moos bolted Pullman …

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