Tag:Pac-12
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:15 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 10:22 am
 

Report: Stanford LB Skov charged with DUI

Posted by Chip Patterson

Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov was arrested for driving under the influence on Jan. 29, according to The Stanford Daily, citing a Stanford University Police Department report.

Skov, the Cardinal's leading tackler in 2010 - despite missing the first two games of the season - suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the 2011 season. In regards to the late January arrest, Stanford head coach David Shaw issued a statement to the student newspaper.

"We have an expected standard of excellence and conduct for our football players and Shayne failed to adhere to those standards,” Shaw said Monday in a statement to The Daily through Jim Young, senior assistant athletic director of communications and media relations.

“It’s a matter we are taking very seriously,” Shaw said. “Shayne will be responsible to adhere to any legal responsibilities regarding this event, along with internal ramifications, which will be determined by the program."

Skov was on 2011 preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy, and Butkus Award, and earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention in 2011. The senior linebacker is expected to play a significant role in the Stanford defense in 2012.

For more on this story as it develops, follow Cardinal RapidReports.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Stanford's Tarver hired as Raiders' D-coordinator

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Hiring Jim Harbaugh from Stanford worked out fairly well for the San Francisco 49ers, we'd say. So it's no surprise the Niners' Bay Area counterparts have gone to the same well to fill their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that they have hired Cardinal co-defensive coordinator Jason Tarver as their own new DC. Tarver spent only one season in Palo Alto, having spent the previous six as the 49ers' outside linebackers coach.

The Raiders will no doubt be expecting that experience with the Niners to count for more than his time with the Cardinal. Despite his title, Tarver yielded defensive play-calling duties under David Shaw to fellow co-coordinator Derek Mason, making the 2012 season with the Raiders Tarver's first in full charge of the defense. And though the Cardinal's total defense numbers were impressive -- 2nd in the Pac-12, 28th nationally -- Stanford's hyperefficient, clock-draining offense had a lot to do with that; the Cardinal finished 59th in the FBS and 5th in the Pac-12 in yards allowed on a per-play basis.

All the same, nearly every coach to receive some kind of recent promotion on or from the Stanford staff has proven himself worthy and able, whether it's Harbaugh at San Francisco, his offensive coordinator Greg Roman, or Shaw with the Cardinal. So Tarver's promotion may be a win for both sides--the Raiders and new head coach Dennis Allen get some of that Stanford magic coaching dust and Tarver's NFL experience, and Shaw gets to keep plenty of defensive continuity with the retention of Mason.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Stanford's Tarver hired as Raiders' D-coordinator

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Hiring Jim Harbaugh from Stanford worked out fairly well for the San Francisco 49ers, we'd say. So it's no surprise the Niners' Bay Area counterparts have gone to the same well to fill their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that they have hired Cardinal co-defensive coordinator Jason Tarver as their own new DC. Tarver spent only one season in Palo Alto, having spent the previous six as the 49ers' outside linebackers coach.

The Raiders will no doubt be expecting that experience with the Niners to count for more than his time with the Cardinal. Despite his title, Tarver yielded defensive play-calling duties under David Shaw to fellow co-coordinator Derek Mason, making the 2012 season with the Raiders Tarver's first in full charge of the defense. And though the Cardinal's total defense numbers were impressive -- 2nd in the Pac-12, 28th nationally -- Stanford's hyperefficient, clock-draining offense had a lot to do with that; the Cardinal finished 59th in the FBS and 5th in the Pac-12 in yards allowed on a per-play basis.

All the same, nearly every coach to receive some kind of recent promotion on or from the Stanford staff has proven himself worthy and able, whether it's Harbaugh at San Francisco, his offensive coordinator Greg Roman, or Shaw with the Cardinal. So Tarver's promotion may be a win for both sides--the Raiders and new head coach Dennis Allen get some of that Stanford magic coaching dust and Tarver's NFL experience, and Shaw gets to keep plenty of defensive continuity with the retention of Mason.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:54 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 2:07 pm
 

Pac-12 makes changes to neutral site scheduling

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Pac-12's continuing push into the media business with an upcoming conference network and digital platform will have a lasting effect on member schools' football schedules. According to the league's updated executive regulations, non-conference neutral site football games will no longer be permitted unless the conference gets their cut of the media rights:
No member institution shall enter into an agreement to play a neutral-site football game (except in circumstances where such neutral-site game is the away leg of a home-and-home series) unless such agreement provides the Conference with the exclusive broadcast rights and digital rights in all media, and copyright to such neutral-site game.
The move would essentially prohibit schools from scheduling games like last season's LSU-Oregon matchup at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas. Cases such as the upcoming USC-Syracuse game on September 8, 2012 at Met Life Stadium would be permissible because they are the Pac-12 team's away game in a home-and-home series while matchups like the UCLA-Texas game in 2014 would no longer be allowed unless the Longhorns agreed to come to Los Angeles.

Commissioner Larry Scott, whose contract was recently extended, has strived to keep a significant and meaningful portion of inventory for the Pac-12 Network in order to drive distribution with cable and satellite operators. The Pac-12 recently announced a scheduling agreement with the Big Ten that would strengthen the bond between the two leagues but would take away one non-conference game away from members. The combination of moves over the past two years appear to give the conference office a greater element of control over schools' schedules going forward.

USC-Alabama? Oklahoma-Oregon? With the Pac-12's new restrictions, it appears any chance such games happening as big neutral site games are no longer an option unless teams agree to come West.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:35 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Pac-12 extends Larry Scott's contract through '16

Posted by Chip Patterson

In a unanimous decision of all 12 university presidents, the Pac-12 has decided to extend the contract of Commissioner Larry Scott through 2016, with options to add two more years in the future.

“My fellow board members and I are delighted to have reached a long-term agreement with the commissioner to continue his excellent work on behalf of the Pac-12,” said Ed Ray, President of Oregon State University and Chairman of the Pac-12 Board in an official release. “We are on the brink of a period of extraordinary accomplishment and excellence throughout the Pac-12 and Larry’s continued leadership and vision for the Conference are critical elements in realizing that potential.”

Scott became commissioner of the Pac-12 in July 2009, after serving six years as Chairman and CEO of the Sony Erricsson WTA Tour. In his first two years with the conference, Scott has rebranded and reshaped the Pac-12's standing among the major NCAA conferences. He led the league through the first expansion since 1978, negotiated a record-setting media rights agreement with FOX and ESPN, is responsible for the creation of the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Digital Network, and helped delver equal revenue sharing for the first time in conference history.

Larry Scott, 47, has been praised for his innovation and leadership during arguably one of the most volatile periods for major conferences in college athletics. The media rights deal and creation of the Pac-12 Network has changed the landscape for negotiations in the future, and recently developed a globalization initiative "that will allow the conference to pursue new frontiers for member institutions."

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:30 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 1:48 pm
 

USC offers "Unfinished Business" T-shirts

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When Matt Barkley declared he would return for his senior season at USC to complete his career's "unfinished business," the Trojans got more than another year of All-American-caliber quarterbacking and a likely preseason No. 2 ranking--they got the inspiration for a snazzy gift to season ticket buyers.

That gift (via the Twitter feed of Scott Enyeart) is this T-shirt, featuring Barkley and star safety T.J. McDonald:

 

Like we said: snazzy. But we can't help but note that the Trojans are using Barkley's image and Barkley's slogan to sell tickets to see Barkley play, all without giving Barkley a single extra thing in return. So it goes in the NCAA. With any luck, Barkley will at least be able to score one of the T-shirts for himself.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:36 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 11:40 am
 

USC's Scroggins could be academically ineligible

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are plenty of reasons that Matt Barkley returning to school for his senior season is good news for USC. The biggest obviously being that with Barkley back, USC becomes one of the favorites to win a title next season. Another reason would be more of a recent development.

Backup quarterback Jesse Scroggins, who is one of three quarterbacks who will be competing to be Barkley's replacement in 2013, is in danger of being ruled academically ineligible for next season if he doesn't have a good semester in the classroom this spring.

“He’s fallen behind,” Lane Kiffin told the Orange County Register about Scroggins' situation. “He’s in a hole. He has a lot of work to do.”

Scroggins didn't see any time on the field during the 2011 season, and redshirted his first year on campus in 2010. Scroggins, along with Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, will compete to become the heir apparent to Barkley in 2013. Not being eligible to play in 2012 would likely give Kessler and Wittek a leg up in that competition.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:38 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Utah promotes QB coach Brian Johnson to OC

Posted by Chip Patterson

Utah
announced the promotion of quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson to offensive coordinator, filling the void left by Norm Chow.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham issued a statement through the school on Thursday, as part of a staff restructure following National Signing Day

“After spending the past month conducting a national search for an offensive coordinator, it became very apparent that we had the best candidate for the job right here on our own staff,” said Whittingham in a prepared statement. “Brian is a leader and a special coaching talent, just as he was a special player, and he is the right person to lead our offense.”

Norm Chow left Utah after the 2011 season to accept the head coaching position at Hawaii. Johnson, who turns 25 on Feb. 16, joined the Utes' staff following a prolific on-field career for the program. The new offensive coordinator was 26-7 as a starting quarterback (2005-2008), earning 2008 MWC Offensive Player of the Year honors as he led Utah to a 13-0 record and 2009 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama.

“I am excited that Coach Whittingham has given me this opportunity and I am prepared for the challenge,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to working with a great coaching staff and putting together a productive offense that will help us win a conference championship. I’ve had many good mentors as a player and a coach, including Dan Mullen, Andy Ludwig, Aaron Roderick and Norm Chow.”

Johnson will continue to coach the quarterbacks from his new position, while Roderick - wide receivers coach - will also serve as passing game coordinator. Dan Finn, former Utah graduate assistant, has been hired to coach the centers and guards while offensive line coach Tim Davis will concentrate on tackles and tight ends. Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake will continue to serve as defensive coordinator and has been named assistant head coach.

After a rocky beginning to the 2011 season, that included an 0-4 start to Pac-12 play, the Utes won five of their final six games, finishing the season by overcoming a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to knock off Georgia Tech in overtime in the Sun Bowl.

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