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Pac-12: Chris Petersen raises coaching talent level

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.

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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.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra...basketball coaching not taking a break this offseason
» Who is winning the Arizona quarterback competition?
» Witts' sister act a highlight of UA's first sand volleyball season
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Miller's good day

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU hockey tops Robert Morris to claim ACHA crown
» ASU baseball drops series against Tennessee
» Cancer fails to pin ASU's Eskam or derail his big plans for life
» 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)
» 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
» Spring games are important, Colorado's Mike MacIntyre says

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» Oregon Ducks ready for 'hostile' environment as Civil War heads to Goss Stadium (college baseball notes)
» Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator Don Pellum talks about veterans returning to the defense
» Ducks beat reporters Andrew Greif and Tyson Alger discuss Wednesday's football practice

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)
» These six Huskies helped themselves this spring
» UW's Bishop Sankey to debut on ESPN's 'Draft Academy' today
» Q&A with Lorenzo Romar, Part I
» Morning links: Wrapping up UW's spring season

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» WSU to host Eastern in 2018
» Vijil helping train Shock players
» The changing of the guard continues
» Spring Practice Report: Day 12



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