Up And Down The Coast, Pac-12 Lunch Links: Two Years After NCAA Sanctions

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: (FILE) Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans is seen on the field during warmups prior to the game against the UCLA Bruins December 3, 2005 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. According to reports the NCAA will announce a ban on June 10, 2010 on the USC football program from bowl games for two years, a possible loss of over 20 scholarships and will have to forfeit wins from at least the 2004 season. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

For your lunch reading pleasure:

  • Two summers ago, USC was slapped with four years' probation by the NCAA as the result of violations stemming from improper benefits received by Reggie Bush. It was supposed to be crippling. Now, the program is looking at a possible national championship run. [WeAreSC.com]
  • Over the last year, USC left tackle Aundrey Walker has lost a lot of weight -- 82 pounds to be exact. He now weighs in at 296 pounds. [USCFootball.com]
  • First-year coach Todd Graham inherited good personnel at Arizona State that should mesh well with his system. How soon will that pay off for the Sun Devils? [SB Nation]
  • Is it time to expand Rice-Eccles Stadium? [Block U]
  • Historically, the Pac-12 has built a conference well known for its offensive aptitude. Its defenses, though, have come a long way and could make a significant impact come fall. [ESPN Pac-12 blog]
  • A ranking of the top quarterbacks in the Pac-12. [WSU Football Blog]
  • A Q&A with UWDawgPound regarding the Huskies' upcoming slate. [California Golden Blogs]
  • In the interest of safety, the NCAA is getting rid of the slippery logos and decals on the basketball courts, as they must be "of a consistent surface." [NCAA.org]

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