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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)
» Future Cat Roth sets HS steeplechase record
» UA football: Camp schedule includes shorter Fort Huachuca stay
» Video collection: UA hoops incoming freshmen highlights
» Wildcats: Pac-12 Media Days, Day 2

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Graham's coaching jobs have shaped him
» ASU All Access: Who stood out at workouts
» De'Marieya Nelson to get a look at Devil-backer
» Graham: Great programs reload, not rebuild

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local digest: Atletico Madrid not at full strength against San Jose Earthquakes
» Coach Sonny Dykes promises Cal Bears will be competitive
» Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott disputes remarks by Big 12's Bob Bowlsby
» DirecTV still saying no to Pac-12 Network

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Pac-12 media days: Colorado eager to turn things around
» Colorado's MacIntyre at Pac-12 media days: "We will be improved"
» Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott: league "well positioned" for playoffs
» CU Buffs picked 6th in Pac-12 football media poll; Oregon the favorite

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Team USA's sprinters dominate Friday at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships
» Leaders after Round of 64 in Oregon's Greatest Athlete Bracket Challenge
» Oregon signee Ariana Washington helps United States 4X100 relay team win heat: IAAF World Junior Championships
» Oregon's Greatest Athlete: Round of 32 matchups set

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Local digest: Atletico Madrid not at full strength against San Jose Earthquakes
» Stanford's Evan Crower emerges as Kevin Hogan's backup
» Stanford's David Shaw open to San Jose State game at Levi's Stadium
» Pac 12 football: Stanford reacts to being picked second

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)
» Chris Petersen eager to bring some trick-playin', Goliath-slayin' fun to the Huskies
» Former Lincoln High star Alex Montgomery helps New York win
» Morning links: Chris Petersen 'nailed it' in move to Washington
» Huskies QB Cyler Miles suspended for Hawaii opener

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Flashback: Stanford
» No shirt, no helmet, no problem
» Halliday has a chance to be special
» Cougars land Bigge lineman



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