This week we'll be counting down the top 25 players in the Pac-12 this year. Obviously, this list is subjective and though we spent a lot of time putting it together there was definitively a fair amount of debate (specifically with this first list) as to who should and shouldn't make the list or where a certain player should be.

With that, here's Nos. 21-25.

No. 21: Arizona State RB D.J. Foster
Statistics: 194 rushing attempts, 1,081 rushing yards, nine touchdowns

Coming into the season, the question was whether anyone could fill the shoes of running back Marion Grice. Enter Foster. The junior led ASU in rushing and surpassed Grice’s season rushing total from 2013 (996 yards). He converted 52.6 percent of his third-down rushing attempts and displayed some major ball security as he lost just one fumble all season (tied for second among top 10 Pac-12 running backs).

No. 22: UCLA RB Paul Perkins
Statistics: 251 rushing attempts, 1,575 rushing yards, nine touchdowns

Perkins led the Pac-12 in rushing yards per conference game (121.2) and Perkins was second in yards per rush (6.27, with a minimum of 100 carries). Of the Pac-12’s top 10 running backs Perkins led the group in his percentage of rushes that went for at least 10 yards (18.3). Nationally, he almost single-handedly pushed the Bruins into the top 25 for team rushing yardage, even when UCLA’s offense appeared to be far more one-dimensional than some might've anticipated.

No. 23: Oregon RB Royce Freeman
Statistics: 252 rushing attempts, 1,365 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns

The freshman beat out Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall to be the Ducks' starter en route to the first 1,000-yard rushing season for a freshman in Oregon history. His athleticism and sheer power (seriously, he’s built like a truck) demolished opponents as he rushed for 5.51 yards per carry against Pac-12 opponents. In conference play, Freeman converted 46.4 percent of his third-down rushes and 100 percent of his fourth-down rushes. Only 24 of his 202 Pac-12 rushes went for zero or negative yardage.

No. 24: UCLA LB Myles Jack
Statistics: 28 rushing attempts, 113 yards, 3 touchdowns; 88 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 interception, 7 pass breakups, 2 QB hurries

The sophomore followed up his two-way Pac-12 Freshman of the Year accolades with an impressive season that saw him play more on the defensive side of the ball. But despite being more relegated to the defense, he was just as valuable to the Bruins as he was when he was playing both ways. Jack was the team’s second-leading tackler and proved that he can basically cover anyone on the field: tight ends, running backs, wide receivers -- go for it, guys.

No. 25: Colorado WR Nelson Spruce
Statistics: 106 receptions, 1,198 yards, 12 touchdowns

This last spot was kind of difficult to pick but we went with Spruce because, more than any other contender at this spot, he was most connected to the success of his team. Spruce more than doubled the Buffs’ second-leading receiver in receptions, yards and TDs, and his junior year was good enough to make fans fear he might forgo his senior year. Fear not, Buffs, Spruce will be back in 2015, and with another year of chemistry with Sefo Liufau under his belt, he’ll surely rise in these rankings.

Pac-12 morning links

January, 19, 2015
Jan 19
Such a waste of talent. He chose money over power -- in this town, a mistake nearly everyone makes.

Frank's coming ...

But Monday's links are here first.

Leading off

If it wasn't for the East-West Shrine game (where both Taylor Kelly and Austin Hill fared well) and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, this past Saturday would have been the first since August without any football.

Sunday was a far more heralded day on the gridiron, as several former Pac-12 players made prominent contributions in both of the NFL's conference championship games. California product Marshawn Lynch powered his way to bragging rights over former Golden Bear Aaron Rodgers in Seattle's win over Green Bay, all while Washington's own Jermaine Kearse scored the game-winning touchdown in Seattle. Stanford alumnus Andrew Luck didn't fare as well in the AFC title game, but Oregon's LeGarrette Blount and Cal's Shane Vereen left that one with Super Bowl tickets in hand.

News/notes/team reports
  • Arizona leveraged basketball success to their football benefit. The Wildcats hosted several of their prized recruits this past weekend, and the visits coincided with the basketball team's resounding 69-51 win over Utah inside the electric McKale Center.
  • According to a Wall Street Journal study, the value of the Arizona State football program on the open market would be $277 million -- good for 27th in the country.
  • The Oregonian's Andrew Greif shadowed Marcus Mariota on his epic awards tour up the East Coast -- a trip which included Disney World and ended with the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City. Here's the full article, including pictures. And here's an early prospectus of life after Mariota in Eugene.
  • In a critical recruiting weekend for new coach Gary Andersen in Corvallis, Oregon State netted the commitment of an under-the-radar safety.
  • You may have already guessed that recruiting was a central theme of the weekend. Stanford also hosted the majority of their 2015 class. Here's a tracker of what went down on the Farm.
  • Their big matchup happened yesterday and Lynch's team got the best of Rodgers' crew in dramatic fashion, but the Seattle Post-Intelligencer looked back at their Berkeley past before the NFC championship.
  • Former USC defensive back Josh Shaw is catching up on missed reps, and he recorded an interception in the East-West Shrine game.
  • Given extremely high expectations, a number of big wins, and a trio of disappointing losses, it's tough to judge UCLA's season. This article attempts to peg the 2014 Bruins' place in program history.
  • Six Washington official visitors took recruiting trips to Seattle this weekend.
  • Mike Leach continues to construct his new defensive staff. Washington State hired former Michigan assistant Roy Manning as its outside linebackers coach just days after naming new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.
  • As Colorado aims to rise from the Pac-12 cellar, the Buffs' strength and conditioning program under Dave Forman takes center stage in this feature.
  • Here are some terms and details of Kyle Whittingham's four-year contract extension at Utah.
Just for fun

Colorado punter Darragh O'Neill has drawn at least one comparison to Odell Beckham Jr. for his catching ability. OK, the degree of difficulty on O'Neill's snag in the East-West Shrine game didn't quite match Beckham's sensational grab earlier this year, but it is morning link-worthy.

NCF 100 ListIllustration by Mikey is ranking the top 100 college football players of the 2014 season.

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones started just three games in 2014, but he might have made the most important contributions to his team of any player this season.

Except maybe Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

But what about how valuable Melvin Gordon was to Wisconsin? Or Amari Cooper to the Crimson Tide?

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being a stellar contributor, how would you rate those offensive standouts when compared with Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III, and Alabama safety Landon Collins?

Don't worry, we figured it out for you -- again.

Heading into the 2014 season, ranked the top 100 players in the country based on their expected contributions for the season. Jones didn't make the cut in August -- go figure -- but Braxton Miller was tied for No. 5.

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Postseason #CFBrank: 1-10

January, 18, 2015
Jan 18

We're wrapping up the 2014 season by ranking the top 100 players in college football, just like we did before the season. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of

What is #CFBrank?

#CFBrank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along.

How did we rank the players?

We asked 32 of ESPN's college football writers and editors to rate players on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance during the 2014 season.

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Postseason #CFBrank: 21-30

January, 18, 2015
Jan 18

We're wrapping up the 2014 season by ranking the top 100 players in college football, just like we did before the season. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of

What is #CFBrank?

#CFBrank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along.

How did we rank the players?

We asked 32 of ESPN's college football writers and editors to rate players on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance during the 2014 season.

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Postseason #CFBrank: 31-40

January, 18, 2015
Jan 18

We're wrapping up the 2014 season by ranking the top 100 players in college football, just as we did before the season. As the rankings are announced, you also can find them here on the pages of

What is #CFBrank?

#CFBrank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along.

How did we rank the players?

We asked 32 of ESPN's college football writers and editors to rate players on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance during the 2014 season.

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QB recruits turned recruiters

January, 17, 2015
Jan 17

When it comes to college football recruiting, there are quarterbacks and then there's everybody else.

Postseason #CFBrank: 51-60

January, 17, 2015
Jan 17

We're wrapping up the 2014 season by ranking the top 100 players in college football, just like we did before the season. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of

What is #CFBrank?

#CFBrank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along.

How did we rank the players?

We asked 32 of ESPN's college football writers and editors to rate players on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance during the 2014 season.

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Happy Friday. Or not, seeing that it's the first Friday of the offseason.

Of course, there is no offseason.

Follow me on Twitter.

To the notes!

Joe Bruin from Los Angeles writes: Can UCLA's season really be called a huge disappointment? A top 10 finish, 5-2 record vs ranked teams and 7-0 away from home against what was a much tougher schedule than expected seems like a decent season, even if it doesn't match the national title hype we got.

Ted Miller: It can be. People say overheated things all the time. My guess is individuals who would describe UCLA's 2014 season as "huge disappointment" are not saying something they actually believe but are looking for a reaction. And we all know that getting a reaction is the raison d'etre for a lot of folks in the punditry and on social media.

Now I am operating here almost entirely on the adjective "huge." As a person who considered the Bruins a darkhorse national-title contender in the preseason, it's factually accurate to say that the Bruins didn't live up to my -- or many others' -- expectations. In fact, seeing they were ranked No. 7 in the preseason and finished 10th, that sentiment can be quantified.

UCLA's season being considered a disappointment of more than moderate burn rests almost entirely on one game: The shocking 31-10 loss to Stanford on the final weekend of the regular season that cost the Bruins the South Division title. If the Bruins had won that game and won the South, things might have felt different, even if they went on to lose to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.

But you can't assess most seasons on one game. It's about the totality of what happened and then placing that into a sober, objective-as-possible perspective of reasonable expectations as well as historical precedent.

Fact: UCLA's No. 10 final ranking is the team's highest since 1998, and that squad lost its final two games. So, yeah, highest final ranking in 16 freaking years is not a "huge disappointment."

Fact: UCLA won 10 games for the ninth time in SCHOOL HISTORY.

Fact: UCLA has now won 10 games in back-to-back seasons for just the third time in school history.

Fact: UCLA went 10-3 against a schedule that featured seven teams that finished the season ranked and saw 10 opponents play in bowl games. Twelve games were against Power 5 conference teams, and the 13th, Memphis, finished 10-3. No team on the Bruins' schedule other than Colorado won fewer than five games, and eight won at least eight games.

Fact: UCLA has won three in a row over USC. To clarify, the Bruins have whipped the Trojans three consecutive years under coach Jim Mora. Let that marinate for a few moments.

Sure, the Bruins often won ugly. The offensive line struggled most of the season. QB Brett Hundley was good but didn't live up to preseason Heisman hype. The talent-laden defense underachieved. Who can forget Mora and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich barking at each other on the sidelines during the Oregon game? And even the bowl win over a good Kansas State team featured a blown lead and some post-game controversy.

It wasn't always a pretty season. But it was a good season -- 16 years! -- that continued to suggest the Bruins are rising under Mora.

But, sure, if someone wants to be hugely disappointed, have at it.

David from Calgary writes: With Mariota off to the draft, UO has to open the chapter on a new QB. While there won't ever be a replacement for the best QB to don the Green & Yellow (And Black, Silver, White, Neon, etc...) who should Helfrich turn to? Should he look for a game manager who can get the ball to the play makers (Freeman, Tyner, Addison, Nelson) or should he try to replicate Mariota as close as possible (Braxton Miller transfer)?

Ted Miller: Mark Helfrich and offensive coordinator Scott Frost are going to pick the QB who they think will win the most games. It won't be a "type." It will be the guy who plays the best and best leads the offense.

But I see where you are coming from and I am not trying to patronize the question. It's highly likely whoever wins the job next season will be more of a game manager than Marcus Mariota, but that could also be a function of him being a first-year starter. Mariota was obviously a different QB this season than he was his first season as a starter in 2012.

What is certain is the offense -- assuming everyone gets healthy -- will be loaded. The O-line is better off than many think, and the Ducks are as deep at the skill positions as they have ever been. Lining up with Bralon Addison, Darren Carrington, Charles Nelson and Pharaoh Brown as receiving options will severely stress any defense, particularly when it also has to contend with RBs Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner.

As for who will win the job, I have no idea. From what I've gathered among the Ducks, backup Jeff Lockie will get the first snaps of spring practices, but the competition will be wide open.

AKCoug73 from Eagle River, AK writes: And now we know why the Cougs didn't announce the new DC during the holiday season. What's your take on the Grinch? The football Grinch that is...

Ted Miller: Mike Leach announcing on Christmas Day he'd hired Alex Grinch to run his defense was a headline writer's wildest dream.

Word on the street is Grinch has all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile and his brain is full of spiders, but that doesn't matter because he's taking over a defense that could be best described as Stink! Stank Stunk! He also got a glowing recommendation from Cindy Lou Who -- or, as he prefers to be called, "Chip Kelly."

I don't know much about Grinch. At 34, he's young. He was the safeties coach for a good Missouri defense the past three seasons, though the Tigers ranked 39th this season in pass efficiency defense after ranking 43rd the year before. He's also coached at Wyoming and crossed paths with Kelly at New Hampshire.

This from Bud Withers seems to be a pretty good assessment of what Grinch faces:

Grinch has considerable work ahead of him, complicated by the fact three putative starters are no longer on the team. Defensive tackle Xavier Cooper is leaving early for the NFL, linebacker Darryl Monroe is transferring, and cornerback Daquawn Brown was booted from the roster.

This feels like another off-the-radar hire from Leach, just as previous defensive coordinator Mike Breske was. The Cougars have lots of questions heading into 2015, the defense being a chief one. We shall see.

Oregonian in Exile (Belgium) writes: I woke up at 2AM to watch the Ducks take on the Buckeyes, and despite Oregon's loss I'm glad I was able to watch that historical contest. Ohio State was impressive in all aspects -- speed, power, offense, defense, coaching. Lots of respect for that team, with one minor objection. Ohio State is up 15, 1st and goal, less than a minute to play, and no chance of an Oregon comeback. Take a knee, coach.

Ted Miller: I know what you're saying but I don't get too worked up about the Buckeyes running the ball five consecutive times and scoring. If they'd tried to be tricky, that would have been something else.

It's not what I would have done if I were coaching, but Urban Meyer's M.O. is not taking a knee there.

Moreover, I suspect Ohio State, which had been decided underdogs in the two games of the College Football Playoff, probably wanted to make a final, decisive statement. It was up to the Ducks to stop them.

Bryce from San Francisco writes: Ted, objectively I know this game wasn't your fault. You guys do great work at the Pac-12 blog. But please please PLEASE, for the sake of every Oregon fan, never ever predict that Oregon is going to win a big game again. Your jinx is simply too powerful.

Ted Miller: No, it was my fault.


Marcus Mariota wins Manning Award

January, 16, 2015
Jan 16
Marcus Mariota
Alex Goodlett/Getty ImagesOregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota on Friday added the Manning Award to his lengthy list of postseason accolades.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has added another award to his collection.

The Heisman Trophy winner was honored with the Manning Award for the nation's top college quarterback Friday. The winner is determined by a vote from a panel of local and national media, as well as Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.

Mariota announced Wednesday that he had decided to forgo his final season at Oregon and declare his eligibility for this year's NFL draft.

The 6-foot-4 dual-threat quarterback led the 13-2 Ducks all the way to Monday's national championship game, but Oregon ultimately fell 42-20 to Ohio State.

In addition to the Heisman, Mariota has also won the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards for player of the year, the Davey O'Brien award for quarterback of the year, Pac-12 offensive player of the year, and the AP Player of the Year award.

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By a conservative count, more than two dozen true freshmen made significant impacts for their teams during the 2014 season, with players such as Oregon running back Royce Freeman and USC do-it-all talent Adoree' Jackson stealing headlines all season. The possibility of earning playing time as a true freshman is now a recruiting pitch that must be used by every coach across the country. Pac-12 prospects are taking advantage, as seemingly more and more young players are making impacts each year. Looking ahead at the 2015 season, here are 10 prospects committed to Pac-12 programs who could make their presence felt on the field as true freshmen.

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Pac-12 all-bowl team

January, 16, 2015
Jan 16
The Pac-12 finished the season with the best bowl record among the Power 5 conferences -- 6-3 -- and generally is regarded as displacing the SEC at the No. 1 conference in 2014, even if Oregon got run over by Ohio State in the national title game.

Here's how things went.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: No. 22 Utah 45, Colorado State 10
Hyundai Sun Bowl: No. 15 Arizona State 36, Duke 31
National University Holiday Bowl: No. 24 USC 45, Nebraska 42
Foster Farms Bowl: Stanford 45, Maryland 21
VIZIO Fiesta Bowl: No. 20 Boise State 38, No. 10 Arizona 30
Rose Bowl: No. 2 Oregon 59, No. 3 Florida State 20
Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 14 UCLA 40, No. 11 Kansas State 35
TicketCity Cactus Bowl: Oklahoma State 30, Washington 22
CFP National Championship Game Presented by AT&T: No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Oregon 20

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Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesOregon's Byron Marshall notched his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season in the Ducks' 42-20 loss to Ohio State on Jan. 12.
So who were the Pac-12 stars of the bowl season? Too many for this list, so apologies in advance for leaving off many of the fine performances.


QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: Completed 26 of 36 passes for 338 yards yards with two TDs and rushed for 62 yards and a TD in the Ducks' win against FSU in the Rose Bowl. Passed for 333 yards and two scores in the loss to Ohio State in national title game.

RB Thomas Tyner, Oregon: Rushed for 124 yards on 13 carries (9.5 yards per carry) and scored two TDs in the win against Florida State.

RB Paul Perkins, UCLA: Rushed for 194 yards on 20 carries (9.7 ypc) and scored two TDs in the win against Kansas State.

WR Darren Carrington, Oregon: Caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the win against Florida State.

WR Byron Marshall, Oregon: Caught eight passes for 169 yards with a 70-yard TD in loss to Ohio State.

OL Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah: The Utes rushed for 359 yards and didn't allow a sack against Colorado State.

OL Jake Fisher, Oregon: The Ducks dominated FSU up front, not allowing a sack and rushing for 301 yards.

OL Andrus Peat, Stanford: The Cardinal line led a 206-yard rushing attack in a win against Maryland and yielded just one sack.

OL Jake Brendel, UCLA: The Bruins rushed for 331 yards against Kansas State.

OL Toa Lobendahn, USC: Held All-Big Ten end Randy Gregory to four tackles and no sacks in the Trojans' win over Nebraska.

K Casey Skowron, Arizona: Went 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 42 and good on all three PATs vs. Boise State.


DL Nate Orchard, Utah: Sack and forced fumble in win against Colorado State.

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Jake Roth/USA TODAY SportsTrojans defensive end Leonard Williams tackles Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah in the National University Holiday Bowl.
DL Leonard Williams, USC: Had nine tackles and a sack in the win against the Cornhuskers.

DL Deon Hollins, UCLA: The outside linebacker -- yes, we are fudging here -- had three sacks in the win against Kansas State.

LB James Vaughters, Stanford: Had five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in win over Maryland.

LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA: Had 10 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for a loss in win over Kansas State.

LB Tony Washington, Oregon: Had four tackles and a sack against Florida State. Also forced a fumble from FSU QB Jameis Winston and returned it 58 yards for a TD.

LB Antonio Longino, Arizona State: Had a game-high 17 tackles in the Sun Devils' win against Duke.

DB Tra'Mayne Bondurant, Arizona: Had 11 tackles -- 10 solo -- with a sack, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against Boise State.

DB Adoree' Jackson, USC: Had seven tackles and a deflection on defense against Nebraska. Also caught three passes with a 71-yard TD and returned a kickoff for a 98-yard TD. Played 103 plays, 78 on defense.

DB Kweishi Brown, Arizona State: Grabbed the game-clinching interception in the Sun Devils' win.

DB Troy Hill, Oregon: Led the Ducks with nine tackles against FSU with a tackle for a loss and two pass breakups.

P Drew Riggleman, Arizona: Averaged 43.1 yards on seven punts, killing three inside the Boise State 20-yard line.

Top recruiting targets in the Pac-12 

January, 16, 2015
Jan 16
With a little more than two weeks before signing day, a number of uncommitted prospects remain who could greatly alter both the college football landscape as well as the way recruiting classes are perceived on Feb. 4. Remaining “must get” recruits don’t check all the same boxes for every program, as some schools already have commitments from their must gets (for example, Arizona with Keenan Walker, or UCLA with Josh Rosen) and some of these prospects won’t exactly break a class if they don’t wind up there. But whether it’s keeping a local prospect at home, landing a five-star standout or filling a position of need, these are the uncommitted must-get recruits for every Pac-12 program between now and signing day.

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As usual, the Pac-12 experienced some significant star drain from players opting to enter the NFL draft before their eligibility was over -- seven first-team all-conference performers amid the crew of 16 -- and, as usual, USC was hit the hardest.

The Trojans lost four players, including their best receiver (Nelson Agholor), running back (Javorius Allen) and defensive lineman (Leonard Williams). The lone quasi-surprise was receiver George Farmer, who apparently is counting on his raw talent to overcome his notable lack of production and injury-prone nature.

While USC welcomes back quarterback Cody Kessler and a talented crew around him, that's a drain of 3,607 yards and 26 TDs from a team that is expected to be ranked in or near the top 10 to begin the 2015 season.

Overall in the conference, there were few surprise decisions. While Oregon and UCLA lost elite quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley as expected, two A-list running backs opted to return in Utah's Devontae Booker and Arizona State's D.J. Foster, who will switch positions to slot receiver.

Oregon got good news on defense when end DeForest Buckner decided to return, but Ducks fans might note that their marquee nonconference game at Michigan State on Sept. 12 will be against a Spartans team welcoming back quarterback Connor Cook and defensive end Shilique Calhoun.

While USC lost four players to lead the Pac-12, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington each lost two, though that counts Huskies cornerback Marcus Peters, who was kicked off the team during the season.

Arizona, Colorado and Oregon State didn't lose any players early to the NFL draft. The Buffaloes were relieved that wide receiver Nelson Spruce decided to stick around, while the Wildcats' group of receivers remains deep after Cayleb Jones decided to return for his redshirt junior season.

Here is the Pac-12's early-entry list:

Arizona State
WR Jaelen Strong

WR Chris Harper

QB Marcus Mariota
DE Arik Armstead

CB Alex Carter
OT Andrus Peat

QB Brett Hundley
DT Ellis McCarthy

WR Nelson Agholor
WR George Farmer
RB Javorius Allen
DE Leonard Williams

OT Jeremiah Poutasi

LB Shaq Thompson
CB Marcus Peters

Washington State
DT Xavier Cooper

Pac-12 morning links

January, 16, 2015
Jan 16
Happy Friday!

Leading off

The end of the college football season also means it's time for the NCAA convention. Having covered it last year in SoCal, I can tell you it was a non-stop laugh riot. OK, I kid. It can be a little dry. But it's also very important.

And as the Power 5 conferences (Pac-12, SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten) move into the age of their newly-granted autonomous governance model, there are going to be some significant changes. Chief among them is full cost of tuition. That's just one of the topics that's on the table at this year's convention near Washington D.C.

Part of the restructuring also involves student-athlete feedback. Here are the three Pac-12 representatives.

Luke Cyphers put together a really informative Q&A style article for espnW that's worth your read if you have any interest in the future of collegiate athletics. And it's not just football-centric, it's men's and women's sports across the board.
On Saturday afternoon, the Power 5, their pockets filling with new FBS playoff cash, will propose several new rules under a new voting system. A group of presidents, athletics directors, faculty and athlete representatives will decide on new concussion protocols, boosting scholarship grants to cover the "full cost of attendance," extending scholarship guarantees beyond a one-year commitment, and increasing players' options to buy insurance to hedge against career-killing injuries.

George Schroeder of USA Today has a nice summary of the first day here.

News/notes/team reports
Just for fun

Utah kicker Andy Phillips is ready for the preseason watch lists to come out.


Pac-12 Weekend Wrap: Jan. 27
Recruiting reporter Erik McKinney discusses top recruiting news from the Pac-12.