There was one common theme during Tuesday’s first Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference.
A chain of messages from Sean Miller's Twitter account began popping up Monday morning, all with the same content: Plenty of tickets were available for Wednesday's NAU game.
The Pac-12 honored its top performers Monday, naming its top players and all-conference teams.
Jim Mora calls Saturday "the most important game we'll play this week."
Matt Muehlebach, in red, will be an analyst on the Pac-12 Networks. The ex-Wildcat guard is shown here with Tom Tolbert, Jud Buechler and Harvey Mason, three of his 1988 teammates.
Ex-UCLA center Bill Walton will be an analyst on the Pac-12 Networks. He is shown here with sons Luke and Chris in '02.
If cleared by the NCAA, top recruit Shabazz Muhammad is one of three McDonald's All-American guards in UCLA's back court.
Colorado's Andre Roberson, top, was second in the Pac-12 last season in blocks. He was third nationally in rebounds.
Three-point shooter Scott Suggs returns to the Huskies' lineuup after missing last season with a knee injury.
Cal loses Pac-12 Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez, here with ex-Cal assistant coach Jay John. But returning guard Allen Crabbe says "it just leaves opportunities for the upperclassmen to step up."
USC head coach Kevin O'Neill, a former UA interim and assistant coach who tends to jaw with officials, says the Pac-12 conference is "going to be outstanding. I think there's going to be five to six NCAA teams, three to four NIT teams."
It wasn't until close to game time Saturday that Arizona State coach Todd Graham learned injured Missouri quarterback James Franklin would miss his start.
An old coaching saw says teams make their greatest improvement between Weeks 1 and 2.
ASU sophomore quarterback Taylor Kelly passed for 247 yards and ran for 43 more in the Sun Devils' 63-6 shellacking of NAU last week.
WSU coach Mike Leach is not a big fan of rotating QBs, but the Cougars have two good ones in Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday.
The number of kickoff returns, like this one by UA's Daniel Jenkins against Louisiana-Lafayette last season, may decrease this year because of rule changes to improve safety.
The Pac-12 season kicks off Thursday. The touchbacks, though, are just beginning.