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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)
» Rich Rod press conference after UNLV
» UA football: Report card for UNLV game
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» Watch Arizona Stadium fill up in time lapse

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Rewind: Looking back at ASU's win
» Flaws lifts Illinois soccer to win over ASU
» No. 19 ASU runs away for win to open year
» Boivin: Renovations point to golden future

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern
» Cal's Cameron Walker matures at cornerback
» Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU-CSU Briefs: Rams' defense tightens up after poor start
» Garrett Grayson overcomes slow start to guide CSU Rams past CU Buffs
» CSU roars back to beat CU 31-17 in Rocky Mountain Showdown
» CU receiver Nelson Spruce shines in loss

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Oregon Ducks recruiting: How targets/commits fared on Friday night
» Pac-12 football updates: Full schedule, TV listings
» College football top 25 updates: Full schedule, TV listings

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again
» Fact box: Stanford vs. UC-Davis
» Stanford prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers
» Stanford's Jordan Morris gets U.S. soccer call up from Klinsmann

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» 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
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

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)
» Washington volleyball opens with win
» Chris Petersen's first UW game: Prepare to be impressed
» UW vs. Hawaii: Chris Petersen era set to begin
» Photo gallery: Huskies visit Pearl Harbor

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Everyone gets in act for Indians
» Grading the Rutgers game
» There is something about this that seems familiar
» Eastern football links



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