With nine teams competing over the next three weeks and two kicking off today, the Pac-12 will be busy during the bowl season. The Star’s Jon Gold takes a look at the league’s 10 best storylines:
The 2013 college football season was chock full of weird.
The Pac-12 had a less-than-stellar showing through the national awards season, and with Ka'Deem Carey somehow left off the Heisman finalist, it won't get any better.
It’s not often you hear a coach glorify a 2-2 run.
Arizona State running back D.J. Foster celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter of ASU’s 58-21 victory over UA. Foster finished with 124 yards on the night. “I felt comfortable back there,” Foster said about filling in for Marion Grice.
TEMPE — As you watch Arizona State’s seniors walk the long walk on Saturday night, parents and family, arm-in-arm, take a peek at Todd Graham.
With the turkiest of all holidays coming up Thursday, we celebrate the things we are most thankful for in the Pac-12. We also prove ungrateful for the things we still so desperately want.
TEMPE — It didn’t take Todd Graham long to learn the importance of the Arizona-Arizona State football rivalry.
Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson is knocked out of bounds by Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota after Richardson picked off Mariota’s pass during the fourth quarter.
When they kick off Saturday in Tempe, Arizona and Arizona State will write the latest chapter in a Territorial Cup rivalry that dates back to 1899. That’s a lot of history.
Michael Ferlan cannot wait to feel the pain he’s going to feel Saturday.
There will be a point during Saturday’s El Tour de Tucson when Marcia Roberts and her friends will first be visible in the distance to the tired, sweaty, panting bicycle riders.
Oregon’s defense lost so many players to the NFL over the last few years that there were bound to be questions. But not this many, and not this loud.
Two games in a row, T.J. McConnell has pulled a rope-a-dope on the opponent.
SAN DIEGO — This was like the schoolyard fight where the pipsqueak gets in a few big pops, but the bully still wins.
One-by-one, Deone Bucannon ropes in praise from Pac-12 coaches like he ropes in opposing running backs and quarterbacks.
All year long, we’ve heard about the strength of the Pac-12 conference.
Forward Aaron Gordon swats away Cal Poly forward Brian Bennett’s shot in the first half, one of four blocks on the night for the touted freshman from San Jose, Calif., in his UA debut.
It’s been 32 years, and Dennis Bene hasn’t forgotten.
If there’s such a thing as an embarrassment of riches in college football, Jeff Ulbrich must be looking away shyly, rosy-cheeked and sheepish, afraid to look you in the eye.
Here we are, once more, with the eyes of a nation on the Pac-12 and its two current glamour programs.
We were running around the field, and that was enough of a challenge for me.
Editor's note: This story initially ran in Sunday's Star.
Less than 40 seconds into his allotted 10 minutes at Pac-12 media day in San Francisco, Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek looked to his side and at his star point guard and essentially thanked him, in front of a throng of media, for saving his season.
They descended upon the City of Angels with about as different a basketball background as can be imagined.
The best and brightest of the Pac-12 took to the stage at Pac-12 Studios earlier this month to introduce themselves to the country.
Perhaps the most intriguing player in the Pac-12 this season is UCLA’s Kyle Anderson. A mix of talent, size and headiness, Anderson will be a one-man wrecking crew for the Bruins, if he can up his shooting percentage. The sophomore guard was the only player in the conference to finish in the…
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes admits that “things weren’t going great” with his football team, but he wants to “make sure we’re improving always.”
While the DVR has made appointment viewing a thing of the past, four Pac-12 coaching staffs will have the ability to catch up on some television this week. Maybe they’ll grab a nice dinner with their wives, and maybe even take in a movie.
Less than three minutes into Arizona’s exhibition opener against visiting Augustana, an 84-52 Wildcat win Monday night at McKale Center, T.J. McConnell did exactly as advertised.
Seen & Heard at McKale Center
Rich Rodriguez knows exactly where Mike MacIntyre’s head is right now because one year ago, Rodriguez’s was where MacIntyre is today.
Arizona football’s Graduation Success Rates took a big jump when the NCAA released its data Thursday morning.
Pardon Sean Hogan if he’s getting a little ahead of his skis — err, skates — right now.
SAN FRANCISCO — Sitting next to the coach who once saw gold in him and hoped to once see it on him, Spencer Dinwiddie dropped a bomb on Pac-12 media day.
This is not how Kyle Whittingham envisioned his night going, a week after his Utah Utes scored the upset of the Pac-12 season.
The best and brightest of the Pac-12 took to the stage at Pac-12 Studios in San Francisco on Thursday morning to introduce themselves to the country.
SAN FRANCISCO — The buzzword at Thursday’s Pac-12 media day was conditioning.
Here at the Pac-12 Studios for Basketball Media Day in San Francisco, a classic question was asked to Washington's Lorenzo Romar: Who would win a 1-on-1 tournament between the Pac-12 head coaches?
At this point, we expect college football players to make The Leap sometime in Year 3.
It was not a perfect night for Cody Kessler, far from it.
LOS ANGELES — Nelson Agholor puts it right out there on his Twitter, allowing the world a close look at his personality and integrity.
This all started, as things are apt to do these days, on Twitter.
The question is not even completed, and Oregon coach Mark Helfrich just laughs.
Laura Ianello sits and talks about her Arizona women’s golf team under a giant painted A, on a wall next to a shelf full of massive trophies.