Phil Steele, publisher of the most comprehensive college football magazine, breaks down the Pac-12 as the 2018 season approaches.
Ted Miller, who covered the Pac-12 extensively for ESPN for many years, joins the podcast to share his thoughts on football matters up and down the conference.
Bob Rondeau, one of the most distinguished play-by-play announcers in Pac-12 history, is stepping down at the conclusion of the season. He joined the Hotline podcast to reminisce on an amazing career and discuss issues facing the Huskies past and present.
The pressure was on Arizona State coach Todd Graham long before a resounding home loss to San Diego State. Can the Sun Devils turn their season around? Doug Haller, who covers the team for azcentral.com, provides context from the front line.
Former Utah coach Ron McBride has been involved in the Utah-Brigham Young rivalry for decades. He joined the Hotline podcast to discuss what makes the Holy War unique and how the Utes ended decades of BYU dominance.
Scott Wolf, who has covered the Trojans for 20 years, discusses whether the Sam Darnold-led team is worthy of the preseason hype -- or if there are just enough flaws to derail a title drive.
Stefanie Loh, who covers Washington State for the Seattle Times, addresses the Cougars' trouble in season openers and the steps they've taken to avoid their sixth consecutive loss in Week One.
Quarterback Tavita Pritchard made the first start of his career a memorable one, directing Stanford to a 24-23 victory over USC in one of the greatest upsets in college football history. Pritchard joined the Hotline podcast to discuss the game.
Kirk Herbstreit joined the Pac-12 Hotline to discuss several hot topics and opined on the conference's prospects for placing a team in the College Football Playoff.
ESPN national columnist Adam Rittenberg joined the podcast recently to discuss a range of issues, including what might happen in the next wave of realignment -- or might not happen.
Scott Howard-Cooper, who covers the draft for NBA.com, joins the podcast to discuss the latest buzz and projections for a plethora of Pac-12 products, including Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Lauri Markkanen, Ivan Rabb and others.
Reporter Steve Berkowitz, the primary author of USA Today's oft-referenced coaches salary database, joined the podcast to discuss coaching compensation and much more.
Can Oregon and Washington be elite at the same time? Will Willie Taggart get the Ducks turned around? What's the secret to Chris Petersen's success? We took a deep dive into those topics (and others) with Pac-12 Networks analyst Nigel Burton, who played for UW, coached in the Pac-12 and lives in Portland.
We checked in with Greg Biggins, Scout's National Recruiting Director, to get a sense for offseason Pac-12 developments. The top takeaways: USC is cleaning up, and Oregon has increased its energy level thanks to the new coaching staff. Biggins also offered great perspective on the differences in personality between USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen.
The NFL Draft is a few weeks away, and the Pac-12 is loaded with potential first-round picks. Rob Rang, draft analyst for CBSSports.com, examined the top prospects, made note of possible sleepers, and shared his thoughts on injured Washington CB Sidney Jones. We also cast an eye to the Pac-12's stellar quarterback class of 2018.
Roxy Bernstein, play-by-play announcer for ESPN and the Pac-12 Networks, is also a Cal graduate who's passionate about Golden Bear sports. We discussed the state of the athletic program, with particular attention paid to athletic director Mike Williams, the debt and facility issues, football coach Justin Wilcox and basketball coach Wyking Jones.
Matt Muehlebach, the former Arizona guard and current Pac-12 Networks analyst, examines the Pac-12's prospects in the NCAA tournament. We discussed Arizona's path to the Final Four, Oregon's challenge in the wake of Chris Boucher's injury, and UCLA's looming duels with Kentucky and/or North Carolina. Muehlebach thinks the conference will send two teams to the national semifinals.
Matthew Kish covers the footwear and apparel giants for the Portland Business Journal. In a wide-ranging discussion, we examine UCLA's mega-deal; what's next for USC, Oregon and Washington; Under Armour's growing foothold; how changes in the marketplace could impact Pac-12 schools in the future; the growing divide in apparel contracts between the haves (big-market public schools) and everyone else; and much more.
Pac-12 Networks and FS1 analyst Casey Jacobsen discusses a range of Pac-12 issues as the stretch run begins, from Arizona's assimilation of Allonzo Trier to UCLA's defensive woes to Oregon's one apparent weakness. We also examine what has gone wrong with Colorado, the impact of the new shot clock, the league's soft second tier, Washington's struggles, Gonzaga's legitimacy and Jacobsen's favorites for the Final Four.
Nobody is more plugged into Pac-12 football programs, or better connected to the coaches, than Fox Sports national columnist Bruce Feldman. We examined the staff changes at Oregon and Cal (Chip Kelly was never headed to Berkeley), the state of quarterback play in the conference (loaded in '17), the downturns in Arizona, the uptick at Washington, Clay Helton's performance at USC and much more over the course of 40 minutes.
Mark Hollis is the man in charge of the committee in charge of which teams make the 2017 NCAA tournament. In a wide-ranging, 20-minute discussion, he touched on several hot-button topics, including the use of metrics by the committee, the changes to the selection process and the potential impact of the Pac-12's non-conference results.
Brandon Huffman, the National Recruiting Director for Scout, takes a deep dive into Pac-12 recruiting with three weeks remaining until National Signing Day. We address the issues and key recruits for all 12 schools in the stretch run and cover several general trends involving west coast prospects.
Former UCLA star Don MacLean is known for his unfiltered commentary as an analyst for the Pac-12 Networks. MacLean joined the Hotline podcast for a look at the landscape as conference play begins, UCLA's ascent, potential challengers to the Bruins, the impact of Lonzo Ball, the NBA-ready game of Markelle Fultz and more.
Adam Jude, who covers the Washington Huskies for the Seattle Times, joined the podcast to discuss UW's playoff date with Alabama, Chris Petersen's methods and success (including comparisons to Chip Kelly), and the looming NFL Draft decisions for several Husky standouts.