Pac-12: Randall McDaniel
- There's plenty of work ahead for new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.
- A tribute to former Arizona State great Randall McDaniel. Maybe former Sun Devils linebacker Vontaze Burfict was all-hype?
- California's renovated Memorial Stadium will be ready for the season opener.
- Colorado's Nick Hirschman isn't planning to hand the starting quarterback job to Connor Wood.
- A tip of the cap to former Oregon linebacker Dewitt Stuckey, who is funding a scholarship as a tribute to a high school teammate who passed away in 2010.
- Will those young Oregon State players forced into action in 2011 be better for it in 2012?
- The official release on Stanford's new linebackers coach.
- A chat with UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
- Things look solid for USC at cornerback.
- New Utah offensive coordinator Brian Johnson gets a nice raise after his promotion.
- An overview of Washington's secondary.
Before we start looking forward -- oh, well, guess that's all we've been doing this offseason -- let's take a look back at the 10-team conference that started in 1978 when Arizona and Arizona State joined the Pac-8 (and Pac-8 purist grumbled about life ending as they knew it).
Today, we compile an all-time, All-Pac-10 team (No player who graduated before 1978 was considered). Thursday, we'll rank the best Pac-10 teams.
As for picking the players, you might imagine this wasn't easy. Lots of great players over the past 33 years. This list doesn't include many consensus All-Americans, national award winners and players who won multiple All-Pac-10 honors.
NFL success wasn't a part of this measure -- just look at the QB. But there were a couple of moments -- tight end and kicker -- when it waved at me from a distance.
As for the per school tally, it should be no surprise that USC led the way with seven players. It might be a surprise that Arizona, with no Rose Bowl berths, was second with four. Neither Oregon nor Stanford have a player on the team.
Feel free to disagree. Or to post your own team.
QB Matt Leinart, USC (2005): 2004 Heisman Trophy winner. Finished third in 2005. Won two national titles; played for a third. 99 career touchdown passes is 14 more than any other quarterback in conference history.
RB Charles White, USC (1979): 1979 Heisman Trophy winner. Fourth in 1978. Pac-10's all-time leading rusher. College Football Hall of Fame.
RB Marcus Allen, USC (1981): 1981 Heisman Trophy winner. 2,427 yards rushing in 1981 is conference single-season record. College Football Hall of Fame.
WR Dwayne Jarrett, USC (2006): A two-time consensus All-American. Ninth in Heisman Trophy balloting. 41 career touchdown receptions is nine more than any wide receiver in conference history.
WR Mike Hass, Oregon State (2005): Biletnikoff winner. Consensus All-American. His 1,532 yards receiving is a conference single-season record. He also holds the single-game receiving yards record (293).
OL Jonathan Ogden, UCLA (1995): 1995 Outland Trophy winner and consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.
OL Randall McDaniel, Arizona State (1987): Consensus All-American, two-time first-team All-Pac-10. College Football Hall of Fame.
OL Brad Budde, USC (1979): Lombardi Trophy winner. Three-time first-team All-Pac-10. College Football Hall of Fame
OL Alex Mack, California (2008): Three-time first-team All-Pac-10. Two-time Morris Trophy winner.
OL Lincoln Kennedy, Washington (1992): Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10. Two-time Morris Trophy winner.
TE Tony Gonzalez, California (1996): Consensus All-American. First-team All-Pac-10.
DE Terrell Suggs, Arizona State (2002): Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award winner. Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10. Set NCAA single-season sack record (24).
DT Steve Emtman, Washington (1991): Outland and Lombardi winner. Finished fourth for Heisman Trophy. Consensus All-American. College Football Hall of Fame.
DT Rob Waldrop, Arizona (1993): Outland and Bronko Nagurski winner. UPI lineman of the Year. Two-time consensus All-American. College Football Hall of Fame.
DE Tedy Bruschi, Arizona (1995): Two-time consensus All-American. Three-time first-team All-Pac-10. Morris Trophy winner.
LB Chris Claiborne, USC (1998): Butkus Award. Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.
LB Ricky Hunley, Arizona (1983): Two-time consensus All-American. Three-time first-team All-Pac-10. College Football Hall of Fame.
LB Jerry Robinson, UCLA (1978): Two-time consensus All-American. Three-time first-team All-Conference. College Football Hall of Fame.
S Kenny Easley, UCLA (1980): Four-time first-team All-Conference. Three-time consensus All-American. College Football Hall of Fame.
S Ronnie Lott, USC (1980): Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10. College Football Hall of Fame.
CB Antoine Cason, Arizona (2007): Thorpe Award winner. Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.
CB Mike Richardson, Arizona State (1982): Two-time consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.
P Nick Harris, California (2000): A consensus All-American in 2000, he punted a lot and was very good at it. He set NCAA records for most career punts and punting yardage.
K Jason Hansen, Washington State (1991): Consensus All-American (1989). Two-time first-team All-Pac-10. 39 career field goals of 40 or more yards and 20 of 50 or more; both Pac-10 records.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
This is pretty cool.
ESPN Stats & Information evaluated every draft of the modern era -- since the NFL-AFL merger -- to determine the players who accomplished the most during their NFL careers.
Here's the methodology.
Here's a list of the best pick for every school (Insider subscription required).
So who's the best NFL player drafted since 1967 from your Pac-10 program? Here's how ESPN.com's ranking system sees it (minimum 10 points).
Arizona: Tedy Bruschi, 19
Arizona State: Randall McDaniel, 73
California: Tony Gonzalez, 52
Oregon: Dan Fouts, 47
Oregon State: Chad Ocho Cinco, 21
Stanford: John Elway, 59
UCLA: Jonathan Ogden, 56
USC: Anthony Munoz, Bruce Matthews, 81
Washington: Olin Kreutz, 20
Washington State: Keith Millard, 21
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Outgoing Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen will receive a National Football Foundation Legacy Award during the NFF's annual awards dinner Dec. 9 in New York.
Ivy League Executive Director Jeffrey Orleans and Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, who also are retiring, will receive the same honor.
That same evening three former Pac-10 stars and a former coach will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: UCLA's Troy Aikman, Washington State's Rueben Mayes, Arizona State's Randall McDaniel and former Sun Devils coach John Cooper.
Further, California center Alex Mack is a finalist for the Draddy Trophy.
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State