Pac-12 Hotline 

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.)

NCAA eases restrictions on transfers: How the legislation could benefit the Pac-12

<i>* The following commentary appeared recently in the Hotline newsletter and has been republished (and updated) here for readers who missed the</i> …

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Pac-12 basketball: Atop the NBA Draft (again), exposing the flaws, and connecting draft picks to tournament wins

The Pac-12 is 48 hours hours away from (presumably) producing the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft for the second consecutive year, a feat matched only …

College Sports

The evolving media landscape and looming Tier I deals for the Power Five: Hotline Q&A with dealmaker Chris Bevilacqua

Every headline, every report, every utterance about AT&T’s merger with Time Warner indicated it was a momentous, landscape-change event.<p>But how? How …

University of Washington

Stock report: On ‘panic’ over the revenue gap, summer star power and a boost for rookie QBs (think: UCLA, WSU)

A weekly assessment of Pac-12 news, quasi-news and (occasional) non-news …<p><b>Rising: Freshman quarterbacks.</b><p>The NCAA’s new ‘redshirt rule,’ which was …

College Sports

Arizona football: The stadium upgrades are halfway done … and haven’t yet started

Like so many football programs, Arizona is searching for advantages in recruiting and opportunities to engage fans.<p>To address the former issue, the …

College Sports

Pac-12 vs. SEC in the Las Vegas Bowl? Yes, please (let’s make that happen yesterday)

<i>* The following commentary appeared last week in the Hotline newsletter and has been republished (and updated) here …</i><p>The Hotline recently addressed …

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Pac-12 South: Analyzing the lines of scrimmage

Our overview of football personnel continues, with a twist: Instead of separate assessments of the offensive and defensive lines, I combined them.<p>If …

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The Heisman Trophy, the Pac-12 Networks, and the exposure equation for Khalil Tate and Justin Herbert

Late last week, the Westgate Superbook released opening odds for the 2018 Heisman Trophy, with Stanford tailback Bryce Love as the betting …

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Stock report: Utah’s AD hire, Mike Hopkins’ gesture, WSU’s budget, ASU’s spending and the Pac-12’s creative side

A weekly assessment of Pac-12 news, quasi-news and (occasional) non-news …<p><b>Rising: Utah athletics.</b><p>For the first time since the Reagan administration, …

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As the presidential carousel spins: How the Pac-12 CEO turnover compares and what it could mean

<i>* The following commentary appeared recently in the Hotline newsletter and has been republished here in expanded form …</i><p>We don’t hear much about base …

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Pac-12 self-imposes bowl ban on five-win teams: What’s the conference thinking? Here’s a guess

<i>* The following commentary appeared recently in the Hotline newsletter and has been republished (and updated) here for readers who missed the</i> …

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Pac-12 basketball: Revised all-conference projections for 2019

Here’s an exercise that got considerably more difficult with the developments of the past few weeks.<p>While compiling the Hotline’s original …

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Pac-12 basketball projections for 2019: UCLA the new favorite after favorable NBA Draft decisions

<i>Click here, if you cannot view this photo gallery on a mobile device.</i><p>After a brutal winter, the Pac-12 experienced an encouraging spring with seven …

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Pac-12 schedule release: Details on early-season and weeknight kickoffs, the loaded Week Two and the Pac12Nets lineup

<i>Insta-reaction to the release of Pac-12 kickoff times and TV assignments for early-season and Thursday/Friday games …</i><p><i>1) What’s below … and what’s not</i> …

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Stock report (draft decision edition): Washington and UCLA get good news, Stanford’s gut punch, mounting pressure on Alford

<i>A weekly assessment of Pac-12 news, quasi-news and (occasional) non-news …</i><p><b>Rising: Pac-12 basketball.</b><p>The lack of talent taketh away, and the lack of …

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Pac-12 Networks distribution chief Alden Budill on the sports ‘beachhead,’ the expanding media day, why she left Oprah and more

<i>* The latest in an occasional Hotline series on Pac-12 Networks executives. Previously: president Mark Shuken (parts one and two) …</i><p>Alden Budill was …

Student Athletes

Pac-12 North: Assessing the skill positions

The Hotline’s post-spring breakdown of skill position talent shifts to the North, which sure looks like the stronger of the two divisions.<p>That tilt …

College Sports

The future of Pac-12 football in two words: Vegas, baby (the Hotline plan’s to make Las Vegas the centerpiece for two major events)

USC and Alabama made their assumed collision official on Wednesday, confirming they will meet in AT&T Stadium to start the 2020 season.<p>It’s not only …

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Pac-12 South: Assessing the skill positions

We’re a mere 100 days from the full-throttle start to the regular season, from the Thursday of Labor Day Weekend.<p>That <i>should</i> be enough time to publish …

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Pac-12 basketball: Recruiting surge sets the stage for recovery

<i>* The following commentary appeared recently in the Hotline newsletter and has been republished (and updated) here for readers who missed the</i> …

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Answering the latest expansion buzz: Why the Arizona schools won’t join the Big 12

Realignment chatter, usually contained to message boards, Twitter feeds and sports bars, made its way last week to the websites of respected …

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If March Madness expands, Salt Lake City should become a permanent site

<i>* The following commentary appeared recently in the Hotline newsletter and has been republished (and updated) here for readers who missed the</i> …

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Legalized wagering: Schools shouldn’t “have this big fear” over the potential for point shaving

For athletic departments across the Pac-12 nervously anticipating the moment sports wagering becomes legal in their state, Doug Knuth offered two …

Match Fixing

“No one satisfied” with Pac-12 Networks revenue, says ASU AD Ray Anderson, as the conference takes another PR hit

<i>* The following commentary appeared recently in the Hotline newsletter and has been republished (and updated) here for readers who missed the</i> …

How much could legalized wagering be worth to the Pac-12? The answer starts with ‘b’ and ends with ‘illions’

The NCAA won by losing this week with the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the federal ban on sports wagering. The governing body took one in the …

Stock report: Utah gets Big Blue, a critical Pac-12 health initiative, better bowl schedule and a resource to tap

A weekly assessment of Pac-12 news, quasi-news and (occasional) non-news …<p><b>Rising: Utah basketball.</b><p>At this point, we won’t presume the results of …

Pac-12 finances: On the reporting process, CEO oversight, setting the record straight and matters of transparency

Barring unforeseen developments, this will be the final Hotline discussion of the Pac-12’s FY2017 finances. We’ve got legalized gambling to address, …

Pac-12 football: The conference schedule rotation for the next eight-year cycle

You asked for it … well, a few of you did, at least … so here it is: The rotation for all 12 teams through the 2026 season.<p>As some might know, the …

Pac-12 finances: Closing the (apparent) revenue gap and new insight into Pac-12 Networks operations

The Hotline’s ongoing efforts to gain clarity on the conference’s FY17 finances continued through the weekend and into Monday morning.<p>Specifically, …