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Up And Down The Coast, Pac-12 Lunch Links: Kyle Whittingham Argues For Eight-Team Playoff

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A fair number of off-the-field storylines are circulating throughout the blogosphere. You know, playoff proposals, 2013 NFL Draft speculation and TV deals. Here are some links that highlight a few of those topics.

  • During Tuesday's conference call with the Pac-12 coaches, Utah headman Kyle Whittingham expressed a desire for college football's postseason to feature eight teams as opposed to just four, which has been the often-talked about playoff proposal: "Let's go full fledged and get eight teams involved."
  • Because it's also May, there are going to be quite a few lists on the horizon. Cheers! The Sporting News compiled its own regarding all 124 head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Four coaches from this conference made the top-25 with Oregon's Chip Kelly (No. 6), Washington State's Mike Leach (No. 17), USC's Lane Kiffin (No. 20) and Whittingham (No. 21). Coming in last was Colorado's Jon Embree at No. 106.
  • Mel Kiper Jr. released his Big Board for the 2013 NFL Draft, and as you might expect, it has some familiar names, several with USC ties. Quarterback Matt Barkley is atop the list at No. 1. Surprise, surprise. Former USC linebacker Jarvis Jones, who transferred to Georgia sits at No. 2, while current Trojan wideout Robert Woods can be found at No. 7.
  • Speaking of USC, a group of players, led by Barkley, will visit Haiti from May 12 -- late Friday -- to May 16. The group of 16 will build houses after the Carribean country was hit by an earthquake in 2010. ESPNLA's Pedro Moura has details about the trip.
  • SB Nation Seattle takes a look at the decision from 710 ESPN to broadcast Washington State football games.
  • UCLA notoriously -- well, somewhat -- signed a big class last February. What now? It'll have to cut seven scholarships, according to reports.
  • Not sure whether I agree with, but an interesting question presented by Lost Lettermen: Is Washington quarterback Keith Price this season's Robert Griffin III?
  • The Pac-12 Network announced its on air personalities yesterday with Ronnie Lott, Rick Neuheisel and Summer Sanders. All three have ties to the conference. Lott played at USC. Neuheisel has coached at Colorado, UCLA and Washington. He was also a walk-on for the Bruins. Sanders swam at Stanford. Avinash examined the hires on this blog this morning.
  • And lastly, did Craig James kill five hookers?

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