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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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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Photos: UA sports Throwback Thursday Jared Tevis
» Arizona Wildcats' Lalang honored as top scholar-athlete
» Pac-12 Media Days
» Arizona football: Live blog from Pac-12 Media Days

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU picked to finish third in Pac-12 South
» Tough scheduling could benefit Pac-12 teams
» Video: Haller previews ASU on Pac-12 Network
» Doug Haller's Pac-12 football preseason ballot

California (East Bay Tribune)
» 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
» Coach Sonny Dykes admits to worry about Cal's secondary

Colorado (Denver Post)
» 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
» Greg Henderson ready to etch name with list of CU's four-year starters

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Pac-12 Media Day: Mike Riley on the crop of standout returning quarterbacks — including his own (video)
» Northwest Florida State College releases statement regarding Brandon Austin's admittance
» Pac-12 Media Days: Transcripts from coaches' remarks on Day 2 (links)
» Report: Dismissed Oregon basketball player Brandon Austin accepted into Northwest Florida State College

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)
» Stanford's David Shaw open to San Jose State game at Levi's Stadium
» Pac 12 football: Stanford reacts to being picked second
» Incoming Stanford freshman sets national prep record in decathlon
» Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery has arm injury

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)
» Mailbag: Why didn't Storm guard Noelle Quinn play?
» Video: UW's Hau'oli Kikaha at Pac-12 media days
» Video: UW's Ben Riva at Pac-12 media days
» UW coach Chris Petersen on QB Cyler Miles: 'He's going to get a second chance'

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Fleet Dominic Davis says he'll go to WSU
» Shock want to keep momentum rolling
» Tyler Bruggman to Louisville
» Spreading the word about football season isn't new



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