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Bay Area News Group insider Jon Wilner takes listeners inside the Pac-12 and all of college sports with some of the nation's most plugged-in guests
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Feb 17, 2017

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. 

Feb 8, 2017

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.

Jan 26, 2017

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. 

Jan 16, 2017

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.

Jan 11, 2017

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.

Dec 22, 2016

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.

Dec 14, 2016

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. 

Dec 6, 2016

Cory McCartney's interest in the Heisman Trophy runs so deep, he wrote a book on the award: "The Heisman Trophy: The Story of an American Icon and Its Winners." We discuss his reaction to the 2016 finalists, the Heisman voting process and the inherent bias against players from the Pac-12.

Dec 5, 2016

Kevin Richardson has been the radio analyst for San Jose State football for nine seasons, through ups, downs, nosedives and three head coaches. We take a deep, deep dive into the state of the program, the search for a new head coach, what's required for immediate success and the long-term prospects for the Spartans in the Mountain West.

Nov 29, 2016

Nobody has a deeper grasp of the Cal football program's ebbs and flows over the years than Mike Pawlawski. The Bears' former all-conference quarterback takes a deep dive into the state of the program, the need to get better on defense and -- crucially -- whether the Bear Raid style of offense can succeed in the Pac-12.

Nov 20, 2016

The axe is headed back to Palo Alto.

Bay Area News Group's Jon Wilner and Courtney Cronin recap Stanford's 45-31 win over Cal and seventh straight victory in the annual Big Game rivalry from Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

Nov 15, 2016

Former Stanford quarterback Todd Husak, who has served as the team's radio analyst for almost a decade, discusses the Cardinal's recent improvement, the evolution of quarterback Keller Chryst and the 119th Big Game.

Nov 9, 2016

Oregonian columnist John Canzano, host of The Bald Faced Truth radio show, has been following Oregon football closely for years. He discusses the Ducks' stunning fall, the future of coach Mark Helfrich, the Phil Knight factor, and the possibility that Chip Kelly would return to Oregon.

Nov 3, 2016

Stewart Mandel, the foremost authority on the college football postseason, discusses the Pac-12's prospects for sending a team to the playoff: Will Washington get in with one loss, could Utah or Colorado make it with two? He also examines the Rose Bowl's options and the likelihood that the College Football Playoff will expand to eight teams.

Oct 26, 2016

Rick Neuheisel, the former Pac-12 coach and Pac-12 Networks analyst, discusses the state of the conference, with particular attention paid to the ascents of Colorado and Washington -- he coached both programs -- along with Oregon's need to reinvent itself and UCLA's search for an identity. Currently based in New York, Neuheisel also shares the east coast perception of the Pac-12 and his picks for the division winners.

Oct 19, 2016

Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst for FOX Sports and Scout.com, looks at the top 2017 prospects  on the west coast, the Pac-12's most underrated recruiters, Alabama commit Najee Harris, the impact of social media, Jim Harbaugh's wackiness, the merits (or lack thereof) of an early signing date and more.

Oct 12, 2016

Yogi Roth, color analyst for the Pac-12 Networks, examines the conference at midseason, including quarterback play, the success of Colorado and Washington, Oregon's woes, USC's emergence, the paucity of NFL Draft talent, the South race and much more.

Sep 27, 2016

Ralph Russo, the lead national college football writer for the Associated Press, discusses the national perception of the Pac-12, the impact of night games, Heisman Trophy and AP top-25 voting, the east coast bias and more.

Sep 22, 2016

In episode 2 of College Hotline, Chris Dufresne of TMGcollegesports.com (and formerly of the L.A. Times) talks Big 12 expansion, the SEC as a destination for homeless quarterbacks and the long, deepening downturn at USC.

Sep 8, 2016

In episode 1 of the College Hotline podcast, ESPN's Ted Miller talks USC's meltdown, Washington's rise, UCLA's transformation and how the Pac-12 fits into the College Football Playoff landscape.

Sep 1, 2016

Welcome to College Hotline with Jon Wilner. In our first episode, we discuss the upcoming year with Anthony Slater

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