Can the Pac-10 rise again? 

July, 2, 2010
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Ben HowlandRic Tapia/Icon SMIHow long until Ben Howland and the Bruins are back in the NCAA mix?
Ask anyone. The Pac-10 was historically bad last season. It managed just one semi-bubble team (the California Golden Bears) and another (the Washington Huskies) needed a semi-surprise conference tournament title to give the league a second NCAA bid. It was the worst major conference performance of the modern era.

Or so we were told.