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Pac-12: Football coaches support less hitting in practice

Pac-12 football coaches support formal standards that would govern the amount of contact in practice, commissioner Larry Scott said Monday.

The restrictions would be "more evolved" than current NCAA limits, as part of the Pac-12's student-athlete initiative that emphasizes reducing head trauma in football and other sports, Scott said during a media teleconference.

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Scott's report followed meetings of the conference's athletic directors, faculty representatives and presidents in Park City. The football coaches met last month in suburban Phoenix. The league will explain the football practice changes during the Pac-12 media day July 26 in Los Angeles.

Other updates from Scott:

The conference office expects the Pac-12 Networks to earn a profit in the first year, and will increase its production from 550 live events to 750 in 2013-14. A remaining issue is the lack of distribution via DirecTV. "We're as frustrated as our fans are," Scott said, adding that after an academic of the networks' existence, "Now fans know ... how many games they're going to miss."

Regarding a potential agreement with DirecTV, Scott said, "I don't have any reason to be optimistic about it."

With bowl agreements expiring after the 2013 season, the Pac-12 is close to finalizing another set of deals. Scott's priority is to "upgrade and improve the matchups." That could be interpreted as moving away from some current deals with the Mountain West, although some pairings would remain intact. The Alamo Bowl may become a prime destination, with the Big 12 reportedly close to an agreement that would send its top available team (outside of the College Football Playoff and the highest-tier bowls) to San Antonio.

After the turmoil regarding basketball officiating that surfaced after the Pac-12 men's tournament in March, Scott said the conference is about to announce a restructuring of the supervisor's position.

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» Wildcats Extra with Jon Gold and Daniel Berk
» Hansen: Wildcats, Maes succeeding in ultra-competitive Pac-12
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra...basketball coaching not taking a break this offseason
» Who is winning the Arizona quarterback competition?

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU hockey tops Robert Morris to claim ACHA crown
» ASU baseball drops series against Tennessee
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» Late errors doom ASU baseball in tough loss to Tennessee

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal football gets first two oral commitments for 2015
» Cuonzo Martin adds two former Tennessee assistants to Cal staff
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.
» Cal's Sonny Dykes gets advice from veteran coaches after 1-11 first season

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU's Spencer Dinwiddie to declare NBA intentions
» Colorado Classics: Darian Hagan, former CU Buffs quarterback
» CU Buffs backup QB Jordan Gehrke impresses during spring drills
» Fleet freshman receivers shine in CU Buffs' spring game

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» Oregon's backup kickers find ways to improve the team: Oregon rundown
» If health permits, Oregon Ducks plan a full game format for May 3 spring game
» Oregon's Marcus Mariota tells why he returned for another season (video)

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: De Carolis statement on men's basketball
» Oregon State's tournament success caps a remarkably quick turnaround
» OSU gymnastics: Beavers headed to Penn State for NCAA regionals
» OSU wins seventh straight racquetball national title

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.
» Stanford's Olympic diving coach Rick Schavone retires
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Storm guards Sue Bird and Temeka Johnson play each other for Russian title
» UW men fall to Oregon 4-2 in Pac-12 tennis championships
» These six Huskies helped themselves this spring
» UW's Bishop Sankey to debut on ESPN's 'Draft Academy' today

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» NFL seems to dominate all year these days
» Eastern Sports chat, noon (Apr. 24)
» Thursday morning Pac-12 links
» Petrino: UI has exceeded expectations



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