Pac-12: Tedy Bruschi
He's joined by former Arizona great Tedy Bruschi -- one of the 12 newest members of the Hall. Bruschi talks about his time with the Wildcats and his thoughts on the current state of Arizona football.
I went to the University of Arizona and I knew there were better facilities at UCLA and USC and all those other places. You can go out there and find athletes that want to play hard. I think that's the job of recruiting coordinators. That's the job of head coaches.
Also from Maisel is a nice piece on how elite academic schools have found success on the football field. Here's a snippet:
STANFORD, Calif. -- At a meeting of college administrators a few years ago, Howard Wolf found NCAA president Myles Brand eating breakfast by himself.You can read all of Maisel's story here.
Wolf, the president of the Stanford Alumni Association, would chat up the guard at Buckingham Palace. Of course, he asked Brand if he could join him.
They talked about the NCAA and they chitchatted. Breakfast done, Wolf expressed his gratitude and got up to leave. Brand stopped him and said he had something to say. The NCAA membership needed Stanford to win. "Excuse me?" Wolf said.
"It is vital that Stanford succeed athletically," Brand said, "not only in the Olympic sports but in the marquee sports. If Stanford succeeds across the board, it shows the world of intercollegiate athletics that it can be done and done the right way. If, however, Stanford does not succeed in these arenas, it gives everyone else an excuse for how it isn't possible to be great in both academics and athletics.
"Don't let that happen," Brand said. "Don't give others that excuse."
- Some more on Tedy Bruschi headed to the Hall.
- A post-spring interview with ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell.
- Jon Wilner assess each team's quarterback situation -- which is still up in the air for Cal.
- A tough season on the field has left the Colorado athletic program with a deficit.
- A post-spring review of Oregon's linebackers.
- Jordan Poyer might prove to be a steal for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Did you miss any Stanford articles from The Bootleg this spring? Here's all of them neatly organized.
- A trio of UCLA draftees will miss mini-camp because of finals.
- Nice feature from Stewart Mandel on former USC center Khaled Holmes, a finalist for SI's college athlete of the year.
- Utah continues its focus on in-state recruiting.
- A reaction to the Pac-12 blog's power rankings from a Washington perspective.
- Things are looking up at WSU under Bill Moos' watch.
- Arizona alumnus Tedy Bruschi is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Pretty cool video of ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly and his passion for drag racing.
- A closer look at Sonny Dykes' contract.
- Former Colorado coach Bill McCartney selected for the College Football Hall of Fame.
- A look at Oregon's defensive line post-spring.
- Mike Riley touches on a few of the national issues surrounding college football.
- David Shaw, among others, is a fan of the new College Football Playoff.
- Brett Hundley has to do a better job staying on his feet in 2013.
- A New Jersey writer dug up this pot-stirring quote from Chip Kelly about Matt Barkley and Andrew Luck. Discuss.
- Checking in on Utah's new facilities.
- Steve Sarkisian weighs in on spring games.
- Some Washington State news and notes.
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