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Pac-12: USC weakened by NFL draft entrants

Steve Sarkisian's new job as USC's football coach has become more difficult because of defections.

In the Pac-12, the biggest impact of the early-entry list for the NFL draft came with the Trojans, who lost five juniors by Wednesday's deadline. Factoring in the NCAA sanctions that limit USC to 75 scholarships in 2014, Sarkisian will face a challenge in building a team that can compete for the Pac-12 South title immediately.

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USC's list includes receiver Marquise Lee, tight end Xavier Grimble, center Marcus Martin, defensive tackle George Uko and safety Dion Bailey.

Stanford also took a significant hit, losing offensive guard David Yankey, safety Ed Reynolds and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming.

Otherwise, the biggest news is the Pac-12 this month was that quarterbacks Brett Hundley of UCLA, Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Sean Mannion of Oregon State chose to play another season at their schools. Those decisions affect Utah, which meets all three teams in 2014. The Utes, who lost tight end Jake Murphy, caught a break when Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey entered the draft after rushing for 440 yards in his last two games against them.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12 South, UCLA lost offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo of Timpview High School, Arizona State lost linebacker Carl Bradford and Colorado lost receiver Paul Richardson.

Washington lost running back Bishop Sankey and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the team that beat BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl. California also sustained some losses. Utah misses Washington and Cal in the 2013-14 scheduling rotation.

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California (East Bay Tribune)
» Oakland Soldiers set tone for college basketball recruiting in Bay Area
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» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
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Oregon (The Oregonian)
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Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors
» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara
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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
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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)
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» Washington men's basketball begins Pac-12 play at California
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» UW quarterback Cyler Miles was 'honored' to be named team captain against Illinois

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
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