Herm�s

16 Dec 18
College Football News

[jwplayer PkCtjTd4-boEY74VG] Fresno State beat.Arizona State 31-20 in the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what does it all mean? – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak – Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Preview & Prediction 5. The Mountain West got the job done, and the Pac-12 didn’t The Mountain West […]

16 Dec 18
sevennotesofgrace

“Somewhere In Your Silent Night” (by Casting Crowns, 2017) All is calm and all is bright Everywhere but in your heart tonight They’re singing carols of joy and peace But you feel too far gone and too far out of reach Somewhere in your silent night Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried […]

16 Dec 18
What's On Sling

Hey Slingers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The bowl games are here! We’re a little obsessed with football so we wanted to write about every college bowl game on Sling TV this year. We’ve given a preview and picked a winner of each game. Stay tuned for our New Year’s Day game […]

16 Dec 18
Archy news nety

On paper, the Arizona State vs. Fresno State game looks set up for a blast. After all, Fresno State is 10-2 and has one of the best defenses in the country. Meanwhile, Arizona State is 7-5 and started the year losing four of its first seven games. But the live streaming of the Las Vegas […]

14 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1470724-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1470724-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1470724-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1470724-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion speaks during a press conference ahead of the Las Vegas Bowl at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) looks downfield against Boise State in the overtime of an NCAA college football game for the Mountain West championship, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Fresno State won 19-16. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) looks for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State for the Mountain West championship Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Fresno State won 19-16. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) throws a touchdown pass against Boise State during the first half of an NCAA college football game for the Mountain West championship, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) runs with the ball against Boise State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won 24-17 over Fresno State. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Herm Edwards’ first season as Arizona State’s football coach was not the embarrassment some predicted. The Sun Devils (7-5) crushed their preseason win total (4½), beating the more heralded hire Kevin Sumlin and rival Arizona in the process. Let’s hope Arizona State fans have strong hearts, because nine of the team’s 12 games were decided by a touchdown or less. The Sun Devils are 5½-point underdogs against Mountain West champion Fresno State in Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Arizona State star receiver N’Keal Harry (1,088 yards, nine touchdowns) is sitting out to prep for the NFL draft, and the team’s No. 2 option, Kyle Williams (432 yards, one TD), is not the same threat. That puts the onus on running back Eno Benjamin, who has rushed for 1,524 yards and 15 TDs. But Fresno State features the No. 5 rush defense in the country, per the S&P+ ratings, and ranks second in marginal explosiveness. Two opponents have scored more than 21 points on Fresno State: Toledo (in a 49-27 Fresno win) and Boise State (in a 24-17 Fresno loss). The Sun Devils defense has not held an opponent below 20 points since Sept. 8 against Michigan State. Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (25-3 TD-interception ratio, 69.8 percent completion rate) will be able to move the ball. I like the Bulldogs to win by double digits. Four more plays: Alabama-Birmingham (-2½) over Northern Illinois: The Huskies were fortunate to beat Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship because of an ill-conceived prevent defense and pressure by Northern Illinois’ defensive line. UAB’s secondary won’t be as forgiving, and the Blazers’ pass rush might be better than the Huskies’. UAB’s defense and special teams should dominate, and I expect the Blazers to grind down Northern Illinois and eventually win with good field position and a relentless running game. Coach Rod Carey is 0-5 ATS in bowl games for the Huskies. Middle Tennessee State (+7) over Appalachian State: This is the final time that Rick Stockstill will get to coach his son, QB Brent Stockstill, at Middle Tennessee State. The senior has thrown for 12,165 yards and 105 TDs in his career. The Blue Raiders will be motivated, and their offense has played their best football in their past four games. That will come in handy against a stout Appalachian State defense. Scott Satterfield has moved on to coach Louisville, along with the team’s defensive coordinator and co-offensive coordinator. I expect a low-scoring game, and this is too many points to give a motivated underdog. North Texas (+7½) over Utah State: Matt Wells took almost the entire Utah State staff with him to Texas Tech, even though some of them will have limited involvement in the bowl game. The interim Aggies coach is the defensive line coach, and he’s acting as the “bridge” in recruiting. Early signing period is less than 3½ days after this game, so we’ll see where his focus is, as this is more responsibility than he’s ever had. Unders are 11-1 in North Texas games, and both quarterbacks are efficient and should chew up clock on underneath throws. San Diego State (+3) over Ohio: The Bobcats are perhaps the most effective rushing team in the country that does not utilize the triple option. Three players have rushed for more than 825 yards on at least 6.2 yards per carry. San Diego State’s run defense ranks ninth in the S&P+ ratings. The Aztecs offense will benefit from playing a weak Ohio side and also from the rest it got after the roster sustained heavy injuries all season. Last week: 3-2 Season: 35-29-6 More betting: Follow at reviewjournal.com/betting and @RJ_Sports on Twitter. Christopher Smith of AL.com, NOLA.com and MyBookie is providing college football analysis for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Follow @cfblocksmith on Twitter.
14 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1551430-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1551430-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1551430-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1551430-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion speaks during a press conference ahead of the Las Vegas Bowl at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) looks downfield against Boise State in the overtime of an NCAA college football game for the Mountain West championship, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Fresno State won 19-16. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) looks for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State for the Mountain West championship Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Fresno State won 19-16. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) throws a touchdown pass against Boise State during the first half of an NCAA college football game for the Mountain West championship, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) runs with the ball against Boise State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won 24-17 over Fresno State. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Herm Edwards’ first season as Arizona State’s football coach was not the embarrassment some predicted. The Sun Devils (7-5) crushed their preseason win total (4½), beating the more heralded hire Kevin Sumlin and rival Arizona in the process. Let’s hope Arizona State fans have strong hearts, because nine of the team’s 12 games were decided by a touchdown or less. The Sun Devils are 5½-point underdogs against Mountain West champion Fresno State in Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Arizona State star receiver N’Keal Harry (1,088 yards, nine touchdowns) is sitting out to prep for the NFL draft, and the team’s No. 2 option, Kyle Williams (432 yards, one TD), is not the same threat. That puts the onus on running back Eno Benjamin, who has rushed for 1,524 yards and 15 TDs. But Fresno State features the No. 5 rush defense in the country, per the S&P+ ratings, and ranks second in marginal explosiveness. Two opponents have scored more than 21 points on Fresno State: Toledo (in a 49-27 Fresno win) and Boise State (in a 24-17 Fresno loss). The Sun Devils defense has not held an opponent below 20 points since Sept. 8 against Michigan State. Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (25-3 TD-interception ratio, 69.8 percent completion rate) will be able to move the ball. I like the Bulldogs to win by double digits. Four more plays: Alabama-Birmingham (-2½) over Northern Illinois: The Huskies were fortunate to beat Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship because of an ill-conceived prevent defense and pressure by Northern Illinois’ defensive line. UAB’s secondary won’t be as forgiving, and the Blazers’ pass rush might be better than the Huskies’. UAB’s defense and special teams should dominate, and I expect the Blazers to grind down Northern Illinois and eventually win with good field position and a relentless running game. Coach Rod Carey is 0-5 ATS in bowl games for the Huskies. Middle Tennessee State (+7) over Appalachian State: This is the final time that Rick Stockstill will get to coach his son, QB Brent Stockstill, at Middle Tennessee State. The senior has thrown for 12,165 yards and 105 TDs in his career. The Blue Raiders will be motivated, and their offense has played their best football in their past four games. That will come in handy against a stout Appalachian State defense. Scott Satterfield has moved on to coach Louisville, along with the team’s defensive coordinator and co-offensive coordinator. I expect a low-scoring game, and this is too many points to give a motivated underdog. North Texas (+7½) over Utah State: Matt Wells took almost the entire Utah State staff with him to Texas Tech, even though some of them will have limited involvement in the bowl game. The interim Aggies coach is the defensive line coach, and he’s acting as the “bridge” in recruiting. Early signing period is less than 3½ days after this game, so we’ll see where his focus is, as this is more responsibility than he’s ever had. Unders are 11-1 in North Texas games, and both quarterbacks are efficient and should chew up clock on underneath throws. San Diego State (+3) over Ohio: The Bobcats are perhaps the most effective rushing team in the country that does not utilize the triple option. Three players have rushed for more than 825 yards on at least 6.2 yards per carry. San Diego State’s run defense ranks ninth in the S&P+ ratings. The Aztecs offense will benefit from playing a weak Ohio side and also from the rest it got after the roster sustained heavy injuries all season. Last week: 3-2 Season: 35-29-6 More betting: Follow at reviewjournal.com/betting and @RJ_Sports on Twitter. Christopher Smith of AL.com, NOLA.com and MyBookie is providing college football analysis for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Follow @cfblocksmith on Twitter.
14 Dec 18
Santa Cruz Sentinel
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from Dec. 14, has been made available on the Hotline in archived form … Pac-12 strategy: Experts weigh in We interrupt the popular narrative — that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has pursued a horrendous media strategy — for some perspective. (Yep, that gosh-darn perspective.) In a recently-published roundtable discussion for AthleticDirectorU, a well-respected industry site, three media experts addressed the decision to retain 100 percent ownership of the Pac-12 Networks and the opportunity that presents for a mega-deal in coming years. The experts are Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports; AJ Maestas, CEO of of Navigate Research; and Hillary Mandel, senior vice president of IMG Media. Surprise, surprise: They have a slightly different view of Scott’s strategy than the non-experts. The link to the full roundtable is below, but here are a few snippets. On the Pac-12’s decision to take 100 percent ownership of its network: Stultz: “The true value of the conference’s strategy won’t be fully known until the next round of rights negotiations. The Pac-12 will have more options available to it than any other conference because of the rights it has retained. Whether or not that pays off will be clear once those negotiations occur.” Maestas: “No one can predict the future, but no sports property I know of regrets their decision to take equity in their own network. I think it was very smart at the time and long-term will prove to be the right decision, even if they are feeling some short term pain. If the Pac-12 had followed the Big Ten/SEC model, it would have committed itself to a disadvantaged position in perpetuity.” On the impact OTT will have on the value of sports rights: Stultz: “As it relates to the Pac-12, the spinoff of the RSNs by Disney could provide interesting opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The buyer may want to expand and thus seek to acquire or partner with the Pac-12. Or, an unsuccessful bidder may become enamored by the business and seek to use the Pac-12 Network as a platform for entering the sports network business. Time will tell.” On the Pac-12’s position when its current media deals expire in 2024: Stultz: “The Pac-12 should be positioned very nicely to capitalize on a changing market that should be much clearer by then … The Pac-12 will have the deepest, broadest, most comprehensive package of content, sponsorship and media rights ever assembled to offer potential suitors. Unless there is a major disruption in college athletics, the Pac-12 should come out of these negotiations in a much stronger position.” Mandel: “The fact that Pac-12 controls its rights will give them flexibility and optionality when they come to market. Owning their own network has allowed them to collect crucial data on their fan base and audience which will be important in those future digital conversations.” Maestas: “They will be in a very strong position given the flexibility and ownership they control. Their deals are all lined up to expire at the same time as well which allows for a lot of room for creativity across their entire portfolio of inventory. The only fear I might have is mostly out of their control – the marketplace. Most major rights deals (major pro sports leagues and other collegiate conferences) expire before the Pac-12 window.” Much more here. It’s worth your time.— Jon Wilner *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. Hot off the Hotline • The season ends as it began for the Pac-12: With Washington on the national stage, carrying the flag. UW’s performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will shape the perception of the conference in the postseason. That and more in our bowl picks (against the spread). • ICYMI: The Wednesday newsletter put my preseason predictions in the spotlight. How did I grade out? Not well, particularly in regard to the South. And please note: Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Key Dates Select men’s basketball games included. (All times Pacific.) Dec. 15: Las Vegas Bowl: ASU vs. Fresno State (12:30 p.m./ABC)Dec. 15: Utah at Kentucky (2 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 19-21: football early-signing periodDec. 22: UCLA vs. Ohio State (12 p.m./CBS)Dec. 22: Kansas at ASU (6 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 26: Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs TCU (6 p.m./ESPN) State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • The Pac-12 placed six players on USA Today’s freshman All-America team, including three linemen … ESPN’s Mark Schlabach picks Pac-12 to win four of seven games in his annual bowl overview. (That seems to be the consensus.) … The Pac-12 isn’t the lowest-rated Power Five conference in the CBS Sports power rankings: “It came into the season as the punchline to every Power Five joke … But it was at least slightly better than expected,” writes Barrett Sallee … There’s a growing push to expand the College Football Playoff, but obstacles to an eight-team event are significant, as The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel smartly explains. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Things got a bit interesting Wednesday when the Colorado regents gathered to approve Mel Tucker’s contract. Two voted against, using the forum to protest larger issues in the game. (Right idea, wrong platform; thumbs down.) • Meanwhile, Kwahn Drake, who did quality work with Colorado’s defensive line and was expected to be retained by Tucker, is leaving the Buffs for Kansas. • Utah linebacker Chase Hansen is questionable for the Holiday Bowl. So is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Wait, what? • Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson is less-than-questionable for the Las Vegas Bowl because of a family emergency. He’s not expected to play. • Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe was a success, but as SI’s Daniel Rapaport notes: Winning seven games at ASU “isn’t really a mark of progress.” • Forget what we said Wednesday about Justin Murphy’s sixth year of eligibility adding to UCLA’s offensive line depth. He’s leaving the program. • The national championship game at Levi’s Stadium has a huge halftime act, Imagine Dragons, except they won’t be performing at Levi’s Stadium. • UCLA big man Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery and plans to return “better than ever.” We wish him the best in his recovery. Recruiting Trail The early-signing window opens in five days. • An elite cornerback, St. John Bosco’s Trent McDuffie, is headed to Washington. About time the Huskies landed a decent defensive back. Sheesh. • Arizona State corralled a major recruit Thursday in the form of dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, a 4-star prospect from San Bernardino. (Psst: The Sun Devils are doing quite well on the trail.) • Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, perhaps the best prospect in the country (any position), will announce his college choice Saturday. Oregon is in the final four. So is Bama. • Some of the top players in Arizona history came from the Pacfic Islands. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats are dipping back into the pipeline Dick Tomey established decades ago. Draft Developments • Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller published his latest ‘big board’ earlier this week, and Pac-12 representation was, um, modest: The conference’s top talent, Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, is the No. 16 overall prospect, behind eight — yep, eight — players from the SEC. • Meanwhile, nobody really knows if Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will declare for the 2019 draft, Miller writes. Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • Cool story from Berkeley, where Bears guard Archer Olson and gymnast Cassidy Keelen participated in a Sports Tech Collider program designed to “solve some of the most pressing issues in sports.” • One of the greatest basketball players in conference history, USC’s Lisa Leslie, will receive the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. (Her hardware: three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, four Olympic golds, two WNBA titles and the Naismith HoF. Solid.) • It’s Stanford against Nebraska for the NCAA volleyball championship (Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2). Choice Reads • Oregon big man Paul White “has lost count of how many friends in his hometown (Chicago) have been murdered,” writes the Register-Guard’s Steve Mims. At a recent funeral, White felt anxious about the fragility of his own life. • Touching profile, from azcentral’s Greg Moore, of Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose daughter has Down syndrome. That doesn’t stop Abby from giving dad the ‘Forks Up.’ • The Seattle Times’ Scott Hanson takes a deep dive into an important development for the Pac-12: The state of Washington, once known for its basketball talent, is producing more elite football prospects. Could the success of the Huskies and Seahawks have something to do with it? • Not directly related to the Pac-12 but worth your time: USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer examines the engine behind the expansion of the bowl season, which has grown from 18 games two deacdes ago to 40 this season (and is about to get bigger). Bottom line: The games benefit those with a vested interest. Looking Ahead What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5756113,5756448,5749671″] • Our recap of the Las Vegas Bowl will be included in ‘Saturday Night Five,’ along with reaction to other developments across the conference. The AP football poll is on hiatus until the end of the bowl season, but we’re chugging along with the basketball version (coming Monday morning). • Cal coach Justin Wilcox got more than a new contract. He received a raise for the 2018 season, as well. We’ll look at the salaries for all 12 coaches this season on a dollars-per-victory scale. • Also coming Monday: Our preview of the top storylines of the early-signing window, with the help of 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). If you don’t, or have other feedback, let me know: pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716 *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline *** 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.
14 Dec 18
Marin Independent Journal
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from Dec. 14, has been made available on the Hotline in archived form … Pac-12 strategy: Experts weigh in We interrupt the popular narrative — that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has pursued a horrendous media strategy — for some perspective. (Yep, that gosh-darn perspective.) In a recently-published roundtable discussion for AthleticDirectorU, a well-respected industry site, three media experts addressed the decision to retain 100 percent ownership of the Pac-12 Networks and the opportunity that presents for a mega-deal in coming years. The experts are Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports; AJ Maestas, CEO of of Navigate Research; and Hillary Mandel, senior vice president of IMG Media. Surprise, surprise: They have a slightly different view of Scott’s strategy than the non-experts. The link to the full roundtable is below, but here are a few snippets. On the Pac-12’s decision to take 100 percent ownership of its network: Stultz: “The true value of the conference’s strategy won’t be fully known until the next round of rights negotiations. The Pac-12 will have more options available to it than any other conference because of the rights it has retained. Whether or not that pays off will be clear once those negotiations occur.” Maestas: “No one can predict the future, but no sports property I know of regrets their decision to take equity in their own network. I think it was very smart at the time and long-term will prove to be the right decision, even if they are feeling some short term pain. If the Pac-12 had followed the Big Ten/SEC model, it would have committed itself to a disadvantaged position in perpetuity.” On the impact OTT will have on the value of sports rights: Stultz: “As it relates to the Pac-12, the spinoff of the RSNs by Disney could provide interesting opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The buyer may want to expand and thus seek to acquire or partner with the Pac-12. Or, an unsuccessful bidder may become enamored by the business and seek to use the Pac-12 Network as a platform for entering the sports network business. Time will tell.” On the Pac-12’s position when its current media deals expire in 2024: Stultz: “The Pac-12 should be positioned very nicely to capitalize on a changing market that should be much clearer by then … The Pac-12 will have the deepest, broadest, most comprehensive package of content, sponsorship and media rights ever assembled to offer potential suitors. Unless there is a major disruption in college athletics, the Pac-12 should come out of these negotiations in a much stronger position.” Mandel: “The fact that Pac-12 controls its rights will give them flexibility and optionality when they come to market. Owning their own network has allowed them to collect crucial data on their fan base and audience which will be important in those future digital conversations.” Maestas: “They will be in a very strong position given the flexibility and ownership they control. Their deals are all lined up to expire at the same time as well which allows for a lot of room for creativity across their entire portfolio of inventory. The only fear I might have is mostly out of their control – the marketplace. Most major rights deals (major pro sports leagues and other collegiate conferences) expire before the Pac-12 window.” Much more here. It’s worth your time.— Jon Wilner *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. Hot off the Hotline • The season ends as it began for the Pac-12: With Washington on the national stage, carrying the flag. UW’s performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will shape the perception of the conference in the postseason. That and more in our bowl picks (against the spread). • ICYMI: The Wednesday newsletter put my preseason predictions in the spotlight. How did I grade out? Not well, particularly in regard to the South. And please note: Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Key Dates Select men’s basketball games included. (All times Pacific.) Dec. 15: Las Vegas Bowl: ASU vs. Fresno State (12:30 p.m./ABC)Dec. 15: Utah at Kentucky (2 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 19-21: football early-signing periodDec. 22: UCLA vs. Ohio State (12 p.m./CBS)Dec. 22: Kansas at ASU (6 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 26: Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs TCU (6 p.m./ESPN) State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • The Pac-12 placed six players on USA Today’s freshman All-America team, including three linemen … ESPN’s Mark Schlabach picks Pac-12 to win four of seven games in his annual bowl overview. (That seems to be the consensus.) … The Pac-12 isn’t the lowest-rated Power Five conference in the CBS Sports power rankings: “It came into the season as the punchline to every Power Five joke … But it was at least slightly better than expected,” writes Barrett Sallee … There’s a growing push to expand the College Football Playoff, but obstacles to an eight-team event are significant, as The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel smartly explains. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Things got a bit interesting Wednesday when the Colorado regents gathered to approve Mel Tucker’s contract. Two voted against, using the forum to protest larger issues in the game. (Right idea, wrong platform; thumbs down.) • Meanwhile, Kwahn Drake, who did quality work with Colorado’s defensive line and was expected to be retained by Tucker, is leaving the Buffs for Kansas. • Utah linebacker Chase Hansen is questionable for the Holiday Bowl. So is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Wait, what? • Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson is less-than-questionable for the Las Vegas Bowl because of a family emergency. He’s not expected to play. • Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe was a success, but as SI’s Daniel Rapaport notes: Winning seven games at ASU “isn’t really a mark of progress.” • Forget what we said Wednesday about Justin Murphy’s sixth year of eligibility adding to UCLA’s offensive line depth. He’s leaving the program. • The national championship game at Levi’s Stadium has a huge halftime act, Imagine Dragons, except they won’t be performing at Levi’s Stadium. • UCLA big man Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery and plans to return “better than ever.” We wish him the best in his recovery. Recruiting Trail The early-signing window opens in five days. • An elite cornerback, St. John Bosco’s Trent McDuffie, is headed to Washington. About time the Huskies landed a decent defensive back. Sheesh. • Arizona State corralled a major recruit Thursday in the form of dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, a 4-star prospect from San Bernardino. (Psst: The Sun Devils are doing quite well on the trail.) • Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, perhaps the best prospect in the country (any position), will announce his college choice Saturday. Oregon is in the final four. So is Bama. • Some of the top players in Arizona history came from the Pacfic Islands. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats are dipping back into the pipeline Dick Tomey established decades ago. Draft Developments • Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller published his latest ‘big board’ earlier this week, and Pac-12 representation was, um, modest: The conference’s top talent, Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, is the No. 16 overall prospect, behind eight — yep, eight — players from the SEC. • Meanwhile, nobody really knows if Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will declare for the 2019 draft, Miller writes. Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • Cool story from Berkeley, where Bears guard Archer Olson and gymnast Cassidy Keelen participated in a Sports Tech Collider program designed to “solve some of the most pressing issues in sports.” • One of the greatest basketball players in conference history, USC’s Lisa Leslie, will receive the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. (Her hardware: three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, four Olympic golds, two WNBA titles and the Naismith HoF. Solid.) • It’s Stanford against Nebraska for the NCAA volleyball championship (Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2). Choice Reads • Oregon big man Paul White “has lost count of how many friends in his hometown (Chicago) have been murdered,” writes the Register-Guard’s Steve Mims. At a recent funeral, White felt anxious about the fragility of his own life. • Touching profile, from azcentral’s Greg Moore, of Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose daughter has Down syndrome. That doesn’t stop Abby from giving dad the ‘Forks Up.’ • The Seattle Times’ Scott Hanson takes a deep dive into an important development for the Pac-12: The state of Washington, once known for its basketball talent, is producing more elite football prospects. Could the success of the Huskies and Seahawks have something to do with it? • Not directly related to the Pac-12 but worth your time: USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer examines the engine behind the expansion of the bowl season, which has grown from 18 games two deacdes ago to 40 this season (and is about to get bigger). Bottom line: The games benefit those with a vested interest. Looking Ahead What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5756113,5756448,5749671″] • Our recap of the Las Vegas Bowl will be included in ‘Saturday Night Five,’ along with reaction to other developments across the conference. The AP football poll is on hiatus until the end of the bowl season, but we’re chugging along with the basketball version (coming Monday morning). • Cal coach Justin Wilcox got more than a new contract. He received a raise for the 2018 season, as well. We’ll look at the salaries for all 12 coaches this season on a dollars-per-victory scale. • Also coming Monday: Our preview of the top storylines of the early-signing window, with the help of 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). If you don’t, or have other feedback, let me know: pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716 *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline *** 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.
14 Dec 18
The Mercury News
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from Dec. 14, has been made available on the Hotline in archived form … Pac-12 strategy: Experts weigh in We interrupt the popular narrative — that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has pursued a horrendous media strategy — for some perspective. (Yep, that gosh-darn perspective.) In a recently-published roundtable discussion for AthleticDirectorU, a well-respected industry site, three media experts addressed the decision to retain 100 percent ownership of the Pac-12 Networks and the opportunity that presents for a mega-deal in coming years. The experts are Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports; AJ Maestas, CEO of of Navigate Research; and Hillary Mandel, senior vice president of IMG Media. Surprise, surprise: They have a slightly different view of Scott’s strategy than the non-experts. The link to the full roundtable is below, but here are a few snippets. On the Pac-12’s decision to take 100 percent ownership of its network: Stultz: “The true value of the conference’s strategy won’t be fully known until the next round of rights negotiations. The Pac-12 will have more options available to it than any other conference because of the rights it has retained. Whether or not that pays off will be clear once those negotiations occur.” Maestas: “No one can predict the future, but no sports property I know of regrets their decision to take equity in their own network. I think it was very smart at the time and long-term will prove to be the right decision, even if they are feeling some short term pain. If the Pac-12 had followed the Big Ten/SEC model, it would have committed itself to a disadvantaged position in perpetuity.” On the impact OTT will have on the value of sports rights: Stultz: “As it relates to the Pac-12, the spinoff of the RSNs by Disney could provide interesting opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The buyer may want to expand and thus seek to acquire or partner with the Pac-12. Or, an unsuccessful bidder may become enamored by the business and seek to use the Pac-12 Network as a platform for entering the sports network business. Time will tell.” On the Pac-12’s position when its current media deals expire in 2024: Stultz: “The Pac-12 should be positioned very nicely to capitalize on a changing market that should be much clearer by then … The Pac-12 will have the deepest, broadest, most comprehensive package of content, sponsorship and media rights ever assembled to offer potential suitors. Unless there is a major disruption in college athletics, the Pac-12 should come out of these negotiations in a much stronger position.” Mandel: “The fact that Pac-12 controls its rights will give them flexibility and optionality when they come to market. Owning their own network has allowed them to collect crucial data on their fan base and audience which will be important in those future digital conversations.” Maestas: “They will be in a very strong position given the flexibility and ownership they control. Their deals are all lined up to expire at the same time as well which allows for a lot of room for creativity across their entire portfolio of inventory. The only fear I might have is mostly out of their control – the marketplace. Most major rights deals (major pro sports leagues and other collegiate conferences) expire before the Pac-12 window.” Much more here. It’s worth your time.— Jon Wilner *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. Hot off the Hotline • The season ends as it began for the Pac-12: With Washington on the national stage, carrying the flag. UW’s performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will shape the perception of the conference in the postseason. That and more in our bowl picks (against the spread). • ICYMI: The Wednesday newsletter put my preseason predictions in the spotlight. How did I grade out? Not well, particularly in regard to the South. And please note: Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Key Dates Select men’s basketball games included. (All times Pacific.) Dec. 15: Las Vegas Bowl: ASU vs. Fresno State (12:30 p.m./ABC) Dec. 15: Utah at Kentucky (2 p.m./ESPN2) Dec. 19-21: football early-signing period Dec. 22: UCLA vs. Ohio State (12 p.m./CBS) Dec. 22: Kansas at ASU (6 p.m./ESPN2) Dec. 26: Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs TCU (6 p.m./ESPN) State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • The Pac-12 placed six players on USA Today’s freshman All-America team, including three linemen … ESPN’s Mark Schlabach picks Pac-12 to win four of seven games in his annual bowl overview. (That seems to be the consensus.) … The Pac-12 isn’t the lowest-rated Power Five conference in the CBS Sports power rankings: “It came into the season as the punchline to every Power Five joke … But it was at least slightly better than expected,” writes Barrett Sallee … There’s a growing push to expand the College Football Playoff, but obstacles to an eight-team event are significant, as The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel smartly explains. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Things got a bit interesting Wednesday when the Colorado regents gathered to approve Mel Tucker’s contract. Two voted against, using the forum to protest larger issues in the game. (Right idea, wrong platform; thumbs down.) • Meanwhile, Kwahn Drake, who did quality work with Colorado’s defensive line and was expected to be retained by Tucker, is leaving the Buffs for Kansas. • Utah linebacker Chase Hansen is questionable for the Holiday Bowl. So is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Wait, what? • Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson is less-than-questionable for the Las Vegas Bowl because of a family emergency. He’s not expected to play. • Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe was a success, but as SI’s Daniel Rapaport notes: Winning seven games at ASU “isn’t really a mark of progress.” • Forget what we said Wednesday about Justin Murphy’s sixth year of eligibility adding to UCLA’s offensive line depth. He’s leaving the program. • The national championship game at Levi’s Stadium has a huge halftime act, Imagine Dragons, except they won’t be performing at Levi’s Stadium. • UCLA big man Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery and plans to return “better than ever.” We wish him the best in his recovery. Recruiting Trail The early-signing window opens in five days. • An elite cornerback, St. John Bosco’s Trent McDuffie, is headed to Washington. About time the Huskies landed a decent defensive back. Sheesh. • Arizona State corralled a major recruit Thursday in the form of dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, a 4-star prospect from San Bernardino. (Psst: The Sun Devils are doing quite well on the trail.) • Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, perhaps the best prospect in the country (any position), will announce his college choice Saturday. Oregon is in the final four. So is Bama. • Some of the top players in Arizona history came from the Pacfic Islands. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats are dipping back into the pipeline Dick Tomey established decades ago. Draft Developments • Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller published his latest ‘big board’ earlier this week, and Pac-12 representation was, um, modest: The conference’s top talent, Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, is the No. 16 overall prospect, behind eight — yep, eight — players from the SEC. • Meanwhile, nobody really knows if Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will declare for the 2019 draft, Miller writes. Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • Cool story from Berkeley, where Bears guard Archer Olson and gymnast Cassidy Keelen participated in a Sports Tech Collider program designed to “solve some of the most pressing issues in sports.” • One of the greatest basketball players in conference history, USC’s Lisa Leslie, will receive the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. (Her hardware: three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, four Olympic golds, two WNBA titles and the Naismith HoF. Solid.) • It’s Stanford against Nebraska for the NCAA volleyball championship (Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2). Choice Reads • Oregon big man Paul White “has lost count of how many friends in his hometown (Chicago) have been murdered,” writes the Register-Guard’s Steve Mims. At a recent funeral, White felt anxious about the fragility of his own life. • Touching profile, from azcentral’s Greg Moore, of Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose daughter has Down syndrome. That doesn’t stop Abby from giving dad the ‘Forks Up.’ • The Seattle Times’ Scott Hanson takes a deep dive into an important development for the Pac-12: The state of Washington, once known for its basketball talent, is producing more elite football prospects. Could the success of the Huskies and Seahawks have something to do with it? • Not directly related to the Pac-12 but worth your time: USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer examines the engine behind the expansion of the bowl season, which has grown from 18 games two deacdes ago to 40 this season (and is about to get bigger). Bottom line: The games benefit those with a vested interest. Looking Ahead What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5756113,5756448,5749671″] • Our recap of the Las Vegas Bowl will be included in ‘Saturday Night Five,’ along with reaction to other developments across the conference. The AP football poll is on hiatus until the end of the bowl season, but we’re chugging along with the basketball version (coming Monday morning). • Cal coach Justin Wilcox got more than a new contract. He received a raise for the 2018 season, as well. We’ll look at the salaries for all 12 coaches this season on a dollars-per-victory scale. • Also coming Monday: Our preview of the top storylines of the early-signing window, with the help of 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). If you don’t, or have other feedback, let me know: pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716 *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline *** 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.
14 Dec 18
East Bay Times
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from Dec. 14, has been made available on the Hotline in archived form … Pac-12 strategy: Experts weigh in We interrupt the popular narrative — that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has pursued a horrendous media strategy — for some perspective. (Yep, that gosh-darn perspective.) In a recently-published roundtable discussion for AthleticDirectorU, a well-respected industry site, three media experts addressed the decision to retain 100 percent ownership of the Pac-12 Networks and the opportunity that presents for a mega-deal in coming years. The experts are Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports; AJ Maestas, CEO of of Navigate Research; and Hillary Mandel, senior vice president of IMG Media. Surprise, surprise: They have a slightly different view of Scott’s strategy than the non-experts. The link to the full roundtable is below, but here are a few snippets. On the Pac-12’s decision to take 100 percent ownership of its network: Stultz: “The true value of the conference’s strategy won’t be fully known until the next round of rights negotiations. The Pac-12 will have more options available to it than any other conference because of the rights it has retained. Whether or not that pays off will be clear once those negotiations occur.” Maestas: “No one can predict the future, but no sports property I know of regrets their decision to take equity in their own network. I think it was very smart at the time and long-term will prove to be the right decision, even if they are feeling some short term pain. If the Pac-12 had followed the Big Ten/SEC model, it would have committed itself to a disadvantaged position in perpetuity.” On the impact OTT will have on the value of sports rights: Stultz: “As it relates to the Pac-12, the spinoff of the RSNs by Disney could provide interesting opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The buyer may want to expand and thus seek to acquire or partner with the Pac-12. Or, an unsuccessful bidder may become enamored by the business and seek to use the Pac-12 Network as a platform for entering the sports network business. Time will tell.” On the Pac-12’s position when its current media deals expire in 2024: Stultz: “The Pac-12 should be positioned very nicely to capitalize on a changing market that should be much clearer by then … The Pac-12 will have the deepest, broadest, most comprehensive package of content, sponsorship and media rights ever assembled to offer potential suitors. Unless there is a major disruption in college athletics, the Pac-12 should come out of these negotiations in a much stronger position.” Mandel: “The fact that Pac-12 controls its rights will give them flexibility and optionality when they come to market. Owning their own network has allowed them to collect crucial data on their fan base and audience which will be important in those future digital conversations.” Maestas: “They will be in a very strong position given the flexibility and ownership they control. Their deals are all lined up to expire at the same time as well which allows for a lot of room for creativity across their entire portfolio of inventory. The only fear I might have is mostly out of their control – the marketplace. Most major rights deals (major pro sports leagues and other collegiate conferences) expire before the Pac-12 window.” Much more here. It’s worth your time.— Jon Wilner *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. Hot off the Hotline • The season ends as it began for the Pac-12: With Washington on the national stage, carrying the flag. UW’s performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl will shape the perception of the conference in the postseason. That and more in our bowl picks (against the spread). • ICYMI: The Wednesday newsletter put my preseason predictions in the spotlight. How did I grade out? Not well, particularly in regard to the South. And please note: Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Key Dates Select men’s basketball games included. (All times Pacific.) Dec. 15: Las Vegas Bowl: ASU vs. Fresno State (12:30 p.m./ABC)Dec. 15: Utah at Kentucky (2 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 19-21: football early-signing periodDec. 22: UCLA vs. Ohio State (12 p.m./CBS)Dec. 22: Kansas at ASU (6 p.m./ESPN2)Dec. 26: Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs TCU (6 p.m./ESPN) State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • The Pac-12 placed six players on USA Today’s freshman All-America team, including three linemen … ESPN’s Mark Schlabach picks Pac-12 to win four of seven games in his annual bowl overview. (That seems to be the consensus.) … The Pac-12 isn’t the lowest-rated Power Five conference in the CBS Sports power rankings: “It came into the season as the punchline to every Power Five joke … But it was at least slightly better than expected,” writes Barrett Sallee … There’s a growing push to expand the College Football Playoff, but obstacles to an eight-team event are significant, as The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel smartly explains. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Things got a bit interesting Wednesday when the Colorado regents gathered to approve Mel Tucker’s contract. Two voted against, using the forum to protest larger issues in the game. (Right idea, wrong platform; thumbs down.) • Meanwhile, Kwahn Drake, who did quality work with Colorado’s defensive line and was expected to be retained by Tucker, is leaving the Buffs for Kansas. • Utah linebacker Chase Hansen is questionable for the Holiday Bowl. So is quarterback Tyler Huntley. Wait, what? • Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson is less-than-questionable for the Las Vegas Bowl because of a family emergency. He’s not expected to play. • Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe was a success, but as SI’s Daniel Rapaport notes: Winning seven games at ASU “isn’t really a mark of progress.” • Forget what we said Wednesday about Justin Murphy’s sixth year of eligibility adding to UCLA’s offensive line depth. He’s leaving the program. • The national championship game at Levi’s Stadium has a huge halftime act, Imagine Dragons, except they won’t be performing at Levi’s Stadium. • UCLA big man Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery and plans to return “better than ever.” We wish him the best in his recovery. Recruiting Trail The early-signing window opens in five days. • An elite cornerback, St. John Bosco’s Trent McDuffie, is headed to Washington. About time the Huskies landed a decent defensive back. Sheesh. • Arizona State corralled a major recruit Thursday in the form of dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, a 4-star prospect from San Bernardino. (Psst: The Sun Devils are doing quite well on the trail.) • Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, perhaps the best prospect in the country (any position), will announce his college choice Saturday. Oregon is in the final four. So is Bama. • Some of the top players in Arizona history came from the Pacfic Islands. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats are dipping back into the pipeline Dick Tomey established decades ago. Draft Developments • Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller published his latest ‘big board’ earlier this week, and Pac-12 representation was, um, modest: The conference’s top talent, Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, is the No. 16 overall prospect, behind eight — yep, eight — players from the SEC. • Meanwhile, nobody really knows if Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will declare for the 2019 draft, Miller writes. Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • Cool story from Berkeley, where Bears guard Archer Olson and gymnast Cassidy Keelen participated in a Sports Tech Collider program designed to “solve some of the most pressing issues in sports.” • One of the greatest basketball players in conference history, USC’s Lisa Leslie, will receive the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. (Her hardware: three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, four Olympic golds, two WNBA titles and the Naismith HoF. Solid.) • It’s Stanford against Nebraska for the NCAA volleyball championship (Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2). Choice Reads • Oregon big man Paul White “has lost count of how many friends in his hometown (Chicago) have been murdered,” writes the Register-Guard’s Steve Mims. At a recent funeral, White felt anxious about the fragility of his own life. • Touching profile, from azcentral’s Greg Moore, of Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose daughter has Down syndrome. That doesn’t stop Abby from giving dad the ‘Forks Up.’ • The Seattle Times’ Scott Hanson takes a deep dive into an important development for the Pac-12: The state of Washington, once known for its basketball talent, is producing more elite football prospects. Could the success of the Huskies and Seahawks have something to do with it? • Not directly related to the Pac-12 but worth your time: USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer examines the engine behind the expansion of the bowl season, which has grown from 18 games two deacdes ago to 40 this season (and is about to get bigger). Bottom line: The games benefit those with a vested interest. Looking Ahead What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5756113,5756448,5749671″] • Our recap of the Las Vegas Bowl will be included in ‘Saturday Night Five,’ along with reaction to other developments across the conference. The AP football poll is on hiatus until the end of the bowl season, but we’re chugging along with the basketball version (coming Monday morning). • Cal coach Justin Wilcox got more than a new contract. He received a raise for the 2018 season, as well. We’ll look at the salaries for all 12 coaches this season on a dollars-per-victory scale. • Also coming Monday: Our preview of the top storylines of the early-signing window, with the help of 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). If you don’t, or have other feedback, let me know: pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716 *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline *** 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.
14 Dec 18
Gup's Corner

MakingMemories Bobby Burger is our new college football DFS main slate writer. Based in Cincinnati, OH, he plays under the username MakingMemories at DK and burgerrob13 at FD. After transferring, Bobby walked-on to the University of Notre Dame football team and earned a scholarship, playing one year with Coach Weis and two years with Coach […]

14 Dec 18
Kowal's Korner

I got to say, one of my favorite things to do is to go Bowling. My senior year at Rutgers, my housemates and I would hit up the bowling alley every Thursday night. From 10pm-1am it was $10 all you can bowl, and the bar had drink specials! Sheesh, count me in! There would usually […]

14 Dec 18
CollegeFootballTalk

The LB was named Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year earlier this month.