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    [h=2][/h][h=2]Pac-12 Notes[/h]
    June 9th
    Judging the Pac-12 … by the point spreads over CU
    It’s no secret that Colorado will be the underdog in almost every game in 2013.
    One way to judge the relative power of the Buffs’ competition, though, would be to look at how badly Las Vegas feels CU’s opponents will beat the Buffs.
    The Golden Nugget casino has posted its point spreads for over 200 games this fall. Taking into account that the oddsmakers usually assign a three-point bump to the home team, teams playing CU at Folsom Field would probably be given six points more in games played at home.
    So, how does Las Vegas currently rate some of CU’s games for 2013?
    - v. Colorado State (Denver) – +3.5 points (of course, the Golden Nugget still has the game being played on August 31st, so what do they know?)
    - at Oregon State – +22
    - v. Oregon – +37
    - at Arizona State – +27
    - Arizona – +20
    - at UCLA – +22
    - USC – +24.5
    The Buffs’ games against Central Arkansas, Fresno State, Washington, Cal, and Utah have yet to be posted, but you get the idea.
    According to Vegas, it is going to be another long season for the Buff Nation.
    Other Golden Nugget Pac-12 non-conference picks of note (odds are for the road team):
    - Washington State at Auburn – +11.5
    - Northwestern at Cal – -10.5
    - Nevada at UCLA – +15
    - Boise State at Washington – +2
    - Oregon at Virginia – -21
    - Wisconsin at Arizona State – pick
    - Ohio State at Cal – -21
    - UCLA at Nebraska – +6
    - Washington at Illinois – -11
    - Tennessee at Oregon – +25
    - Oregon State at San Diego State – -6.5
    - Utah at BYU – +7.5
    - Colorado State at Alabama – +41

    June 8th
    Alamo Bowl moves up in stature
    From ESPN … The Alamo Bowl will get the first pick from the Big 12 under a new six-year deal with the Pac-12 announced Friday.
    It makes the Alamo Bowl the marquee game for the Big 12 outside the new four-team College Football Playoff that begins next year. The Cotton Bowl had previously been the signature game for Big 12 teams that didn’t make the Bowl Championship Series.
    The Alamo Bowl will also continue to get first dibs from the Pac-12 outside the playoff.

    USC loses second wide receiver to season-ending injury
    From ESPN … USC freshman wide receiver Steven Mitchell will miss the 2013 season after suffering torn ligaments in his right knee during a voluntary workout on Friday morning.
    Mitchell was taking part in a throwing session with several of his USC teammates at the Loker Track Stadium when he began running a route, made a cut and instantly went down clutching his right knee in obvious pain. He was taken off the field on a cart by the USC medical staff and underwent an MRI exam.
    An explosive playmaker, Mitchell was hoping to earn playing time as a true freshman in the fall after a stellar career at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany, where he was ranked as the No. 90 player in the ESPN 150. Mitchell had been a regular attendee at USC spring ball sessions in an effort to get a head start on learning the offense.
    Mitchell is the second USC receiver to have a season-ending knee surgery as George Farmer suffered a torn ACL and MCL in spring ball.
    June 6th
    UCLA picks up four-star junior college guard
    From BruinSportsReport.com … Alabama was Dominick Jackson’s dream school, more or less.*But Jackson met Klemm one day this past spring, picked up an offer from UCLA’s OL coach, and was immediately hooked.
    Forget Alabama, Jackson said, he wanted to play for Klemm and UCLA.
    And it’s a big get for UCLA. First, consider Jackson’s offer sheet: Alabama, USC, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon, Missouri and oh-so-many more.
    Second, consider this: The consensus among scouts and coaches in the recruiting world is Jackson may be the best JUCO prospect in the nation, regardless of position.
    Jackson wants to be a December grad, but he admits he’ll probably end up graduating in the spring of 2014. Either way, he’ll be on campus for the ’14 season, and will have three years to play two

    June 5th
    USC picks up five-star transfer
    From CBSSports.com … Delvon Simmons announced he was transferring from Texas Tech in late May. He also visited Miami and had been connected to both Pittsburgh and Penn State — he’s from Pennsylvania — before choosing USC.
    Simmons was a five-star recruit in the 2011 class who originally signed with North Carolina before being granted a release and moving on to Texas Tech (Rivals bio). He started all 13 games for the Red Raiders in 2012, finishing the year with 27 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks.
    As per NCAA rules, Simmons will have to sit out the 2013 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in the 2014 season.

    Pac-12 distribution for 2012-13 estimated to be $21 million per team
    There has been news this week about how many millions are being distributed amongst the SEC,*Big*12 and Big Ten*schools.
    The SEC will send $289.4 million to its campuses, an average of $20.7 million per school. (That figure doesn’t include bowl money retained by participants or income generated by third tier TV rights.)
    Meanwhile, the Big 12 is distributing $198 million to its schools. The eight continuing B12 members will each receive $22 million while the newcomers, TCU and West Virginia, get half shares of $11 million.
    Big Ten schools can expect a record $25.7 million payout from the conference this year, including another big payday from the Big Ten Network, according to figures obtained from the University of Illinois.
    And the Pac-12?
    The Pac-12 doesn’t release information in the same manner as the other leagues, with documentation concerning the 2011-12 school year only recently being released (and reprinted, below).
    But Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News has pieced together a best guess.
    The full story can be found here. Wilner started with assuming that the bowl payouts (around $40 million) and the championship payouts (around $28 million) would be about the same as in 2011-12. Best guess as to television revenue: $185 million (the contracts with ESPN and Fox are on a sliding scale, increasing each season).
    Grand total: Around $253 million. Divided by 12, that works out to an average of around $21.1 million per school.
    The actual number distributed will be different for each school. The payout will*be a bit higher for every school except Utah, which doesn’t receive a full share until 2015 (CU was only required to take a partial share in 2011-12, and should receive a full share for 2012-13).*Colorado,*as it does not participate in some of sports for which there is a championship payout (such as men’s baseball and women’s softball), will not receive as great a share as some of the other schools in the conference.
    Still, a payday of $20 – $22 million is much better than the $7 – $11 million Colorado averaged as a member of the Big 12 (and a far cry better than the $3.4 million received as a partial*member last year).
    Colorado remains behind schedule, still paying for the move from the Big 12 to the Pac-12, as well as buyout for former coaches (and a former athletic director).
    The new athletic director will have considerable work to do to balance all of the books,*but brighter days are ahead for the University of Colorado – at least financially.

    Here are the distribution numbers for 2011-12 for the Pac-12:
    TV rights: $85,630,000
    Bowl payouts: $40,140,262
    Championships: $27,685,925 (includes March Madness payouts)
    Other: $22,053,188
    And payouts by school:
    Stanford: $15,651,602
    Oregon: $15,200,450
    Washington: $13,520,128
    USC: $13,464,426
    UCLA: $12,753,358
    Arizona State: $12,029,443
    Cal: $11,595,746
    Washington State: $10,564,842
    Arizona: $10,562,878
    Oregon State: $10,043,205
    Utah: $4,079,028 (new member, partial cut)
    Colorado: $3,413,697 (new member, partial cut)

    June 4th
    Top defensive tackle from Class of 2013 ditches Notre Dame; enrolls at UCLA
    From ESPN … Incoming Notre Dame freshman defensive lineman and five-star recruit Eddie Vanderdoes will enroll at UCLA instead, he said in a statement Tuesday.
    Vanderdoes’ decision is the latest blow to Irish and coach Brian Kelly as Vanderdoes was one of the nation’s top recruits.
    Vanderdoes was the top-ranked defensive lineman in the ESPN 150 for the Class of 2013 and the No. 10-ranked recruit overall. (At Rivals, Vanderdoes was rated as the No. 2 defensive tackle, and the No. 21 player overall from the Class of 2013. Rivals bio).
    “Over the past four months, circumstances have changed for me and my family, Vanderdoes said in the statement. “For very personal reasons, I feel a strong need to remain close to home and near those who are most important in my life.”
    Vanderdoes’ father, also Eddie, said Notre Dame did not release Vanderdoes from his binding National Letter of Intent.
    Because of this, Vanderdoes’ father said his son will be penalized one year of playing eligibility. He can take a scholarship and practice this season, but he must redshirt and will be eligible to play only three years of college football in a four-year period.

    Utah and BYU in discussions about renewing rivalry
    From the Deseret News … As for the series with Utah, which will take a two-year hiatus after the two teams meet on Sept. 21, (BYU athletic director Tom) Holmoe said that he and Utah athletic director Chris Hill “are in discussions” and he’s optimistic that the series will resume on a long-term basis.
    “It’s going to happen. I don’t think there’s a question it will happen,” Holmoe said. “It is possible that on an odd year we have to take a year off. I want to play, Bronco wants to play. I know Chris wants to play. We wouldn’t be having discussions if they didn’t want to get it done.”
    The two teams are scheduled to meet in 2016, but, for now, nothing beyond that.
    June 3rd
    Larry Scott meets with the media by teleconference
    Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott met with members of the media by teleconference Monday. In addition to discussing the Pac-12′s health and safety initiatives (see story, below), Scott discussed a number of topics.
    Some highlights, as summarized by Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News and by Ted Miller at ESPN.com:
    - Scott is not optimistic that an agreement between the Pac-12 and DirecTV will be reached. Said Scott: “They’ve said they don’t want to do a deal on the same terms that everyone else has. At this point in time, we’re as frustrated as our fans are. We hope DirectTV will listen to their customers. Listen to our fans.”
    - The Pac-12 Networks were profitable in Year One, but Scott declined to state whether the profit will be returned to the schools or plowed back into Pac12Nets operations.
    - Scott wouldn’t confirm new bowl contracts for 2014, the first year of the new College Football Playoff, but he did strongly intimate that the Alamo Bowl going forward will match the No. 1 non-playoff/non-Rose Bowl Pac-12 team vs. the No. 1 non-playoff/non-Sugar Bowl Big 12 team. That means the quality of the Pac-12 foe will be better. Previously, the No. 1 non-BCS bowl Big 12 team played in the Cotton Bowl.
    - He said he was “not surprised” that it appears the SEC will adopt a nine-game conference schedule in the future. “There is going to be a higher priority on strength of schedule,” he said. “That’s the strength of your conference schedule, which is affected by the number of conference games you play, as well as the strength of the nonconference schedule. I think it’s fair to say every conference has been looking in the mirror and asking how they stack up against that criteria.”

    Pac-12*policy to codify*limitations on contact in football practices
    From the Pac-12 … The Pac-12 and its CEO Group made up of university Presidents and Chancellors have agreed to a comprehensive “Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative” to start in the 2013-2014 academic year, the Conference announced today.
    Following this past weekend’s summer meetings and unanimous approval from the Pac-12 CEO Group, the initiative will build upon current efforts to improve the health and safety of Pac-12 student-athletes while establishing new activities.
    The group acknowledges that it is impossible to eliminate all injuries, but has developed the initiative to find ways to reduce injuries today, share current best practices and latest studies, and conduct research to uncover new ways to keep student-athletes as safe as possible.
    “The health and well-being of our more than 7,000 student-athletes competing within the Pac-12 each year is of paramount importance,” said Pac-12 CEO Group Chair Ed Ray. “This new initiative is a great step towards taking advantage of the full resources of our research institutions for the benefit of our student-athletes.”
    Football Contact Reduction: The Pac-12 will codify into a formal policy the existing practices across the Conference as they relate to limiting contact in football practice. The final policy will be released at Pac-12 Football Media Day on July 26. Going forward, the Pac-12 will look at guidelines around contact in practice to ensure that student-athlete well-being is being closely monitored, both in the amount of contact and in providing our student-athletes and coaches with ample opportunity to teach and learn the correct tackling methods during the spring and preseason.
    “Pac-12 institutions house the leading medical trainers, doctors, and scientists working to enhance student-athlete health and well being,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our athletic departments and coaches have been very progressive in this area and are deeply committed to advancing these efforts,” he added. “This initiative seizes on our opportunity to embrace, support, and coordinate all these efforts and build a framework to advance them with new resources, expertise and funding.”

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