After spending the first week of the season on the sidelines, the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal are set to start at home against San Jose State on Saturday night.
“Stanford and Oregon have absolutely earned the right to be up there on top of the list, and everybody else has to go after that challenge,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said.
The media is picking Oregon to win the Pac-12 football title, edging Stanford and UCLA in the preseason media poll announced Friday at the conference’s media day.
Larry Scott of the Pac-12 joined the chorus of commissioners calling for sweeping change in the NCAA, and said it can happen without confrontation and with the five most powerful football conferences still competing on the field with the other five.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 are strengthening their postseason ties with a pair of matchups in California bowl games. San Diego’s Holiday Bowl and San Francisco’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl announced 6-year agreements for teams from each conference to play each other starting in 2014.
The Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences are teaming up to collaborate on men’s basketball officiating, putting longtime Mountain West coordinator Bobby Dibler in charge of the programs and of managing a pool of top national and regional officials.
It’s true Sonny Dykes’ Cal Golden Bears are in a tough position in the Pac-12 North. But the good news is that expectations are in check in Berkeley.
Hall of Fame defensive end David “Deacon” Jones, who led the Los Angeles Rams’ Fearsome Foursome in the 1960s, has died at age 74.
In an effort to cut down on concussions, head trauma and other injuries, the Pac-12 Conference is establishing a league-wide policy to limit the amount of contact made during football practices beginning this season.
Pac-12 school presidents will take no further action after an independent review found the conference properly handled concerns about officiating during its conference tournament.