In my first trip to the Pac-12’s Football Media Day in Los Angeles, I was struck by the collection of quarterbacking talent milling around the courtyard on that July day in 2011. Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Arizona’s Nick Foles, USC’s Matt Barkley and Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler were among the players representing their schools.
In 2014, the Pac-12 will be characterized by coaching talent. Consider some of the coaches who have joined the league in the past two years: Washington State’s Mike Leach, Washington’s Chris Petersen, UCLA’s Jim Mora, Arizona State’s Todd Graham and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez.
Schools are making big-time investments in their football programs, paying big-time money and attracting big-time coaches. A lot of people thought Petersen would never leave Boise State, but here he is, in the Pac-12. Steve Sarkisian’s move from Washington to USC just opened the door for another highly qualified coach to join the conference.
The competition is already tough, and it will only get more demanding for everybody in the Pac-12.