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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)
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» UA football: On QBs, UTSA, rankings and more
» UA football: My AP Top 25 poll
» Live Q&A on UA football with Daniel Berk

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 teams
» Sendek, Turner Thorne agree to extensions
» Graham says discipline can slow triple-option
» 3-star defensive end enjoys ASU visit

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal Bears hang on for win at Northwestern
» Cal football notebook: Freshman QB Rubenzer an effective secret weapon
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs aim to fix defensive alignment issues to fix run defense
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid
» CSU roars back to beat CU 31-17 in Rocky Mountain Showdown

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» How big is Oregon-Michigan State? For this week, anyway, there is nothing bigger: Issues & Answers
» Former Oregon Ducks closer Jake Reed joins the Arizona Fall League
» Oregon Ducks live chat at 11 a.m.: First impressions after Oregon's first game

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 overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» 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

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)
» Lauren Jackson undergoes another surgery that increases doubt in WNBA return
» My AP Top 25: Georgia, Texas A&M rise; Huskies out
» Huskies morning links: It's Cyler Miles' time
» Live chat with UW volleyball player Krista Vansant

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Zags on ESPN networks at least 13 times
» There is no place like Safeco for Young
» Halliday's leadership on full display
» Vandals, Florida mull rescheduling options



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