* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from March 25, has been made available in archived form …
Each Monday during the NCAAs, we’ll update the unit count for all Power Six conferences so fans can track the cash for their favorite team/conference and compare the total to what others are generating.
• Each Power Six splits the money evenly among all members.
• Each unit earned this month will be worth approximately $1.8 million over the six-year payout window.
ACCPer-team split: $2.04 million
Big 12Per-team split: $1.98 million
Big EastPer-team split: $900,000
Big TenPer-team split: $2.31 million
Pac-12Per-team split: $1.05 million
SECPer-team split: $2.06 million
Units are awarded for each game played, including the First Four but excluding the championship. Check this space next Monday for the tournament totals. Once the Final Four is set, we’ll know the final count for each conference. — Jon Wilner.
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• My best bets for the second round were added to the column on my first-round picks. (Thus far, I’m 5-3.) We’ll have picks for the Sweet 16 on Thursday, with the Elite Eight selections added late Friday night or Saturday morning — as soon as the betting lines have been posted.
• The ‘Saturday Night Five’ column was delayed 24 hours in order to include the Oregon and Washington results. Here’s the ‘Sunday Night Six,’ which includes an updated look at head coaches salaries (with Mike Hopkins’ new deal) and the CEO turnover.
• Cal fired Wyking Jones on Sunday, about 10 days too late. The Hotline weighed in with thoughts on the dismissal, the program, the search and the potential candidates. (Jason Kidd’s personal issues should make him a non-starter.)
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March 28: Oregon vs. Virginia (7 p.m., TBS)
• Oregon isn’t a typical Cinderella, but as a No. 12 seed, the Ducks are the closest thing to that in the Sweet 16. “It’s hard to spin Oregon’s season as a gritty underdog story. The Ducks start a McDonald’s All-American in Louis King, and Payton Pritchard and Paul White were top-50 recruits,” notes the Register-Guard’s Austin Meek.
• How do you know the Ducks are a hot story? When ‘World Wide Wes’ is sitting behind their bench. (Unfamiliar with Wes? He’s one of the most influential people in college basketball. Knows everyone. Gets things done.)
• Oregon’s late-season turnaround started with defense and Payton Pritchard. A look at how the point guard ramped up his game (hint: more meat, less dairy and ‘Settlers of Catan’).
• UC Irvine coach Russell Turner used the term ‘queen’ to refer to Oregon wing Louis King, an attempt to irritate the freshman. Interesting motivational tactic.
• Washington’s run ended with a thud, but the bigger picture remains intact, writes the Seattle Times’ Matt Calkins: “Two years ago, the idea of Washington making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament was far-fetched if not outright absurd. Same with it running away with the Pac-12 title or winning 15 straight games at home.”
• Arizona State’s loss ended the brief but impactful Tempe career of big man Zylan Cheatham. As for Lu Dort’s next move, we’ll have to wait and see.
• Victories by Washington and Oregon in the first round “granted a momentary reprieve for a conference that has absorbed one bad headline after another,” writes buffzone’s Pat Rooney.
• The Salt Lake Tribune’s Kurt Kragthorpe agrees: Perceptions don’t change in a weekend, but you have to start somewhere.
• For the first time in the era of the 64-team field (or 68), all the betting favorites won in the round of 32.
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• Utah lost most of its offensive line. The rebuild is underway in Salt Lake City.
• Arizona stayed loyal to recruit Jaden Mitchell after he suffered a knee injury in high school. Now Mitchell is returning the favor with a strong spring.
• USC quarterback JT Daniels has been on campus for more than a year. Time to lead.
• Washington State’s quarterback competition churns on, even though potential starter Gage Gubrud is injured. So far, John Bledsoe looks good.
• Attendace was down, way down, across college football. The Pac-12 posted its lowest average in almost four decades, according to CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd, who has all the data.
On the basketball front:
• Sure seems like Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton changed his mind with regard to Wyking Jones’ employment after meeting with the players. Knowlton explained that Sunday it was “the time to make my decision.” Um, yeah.
• Four candidates who should be on Cal’s list.
• Oregon isn’t the only Pac-12 men’s team still playing. Colorado meets Norfolk State tonight with a berth in the NIT quarterfinals at stake.
• Per the SportsBusiness Journal, ESPN offered to take over the Pac-12 Networks in exchange for a rights agreement into the 2030s … and the conference said no. The story is behind the SBJ’s paywall, but Awful Announcing has a bit more. My initial reaction: The terms could not have been at all favorable to the Pac-12, which has zero leverage when it comes to the struggling networks.
• Oregon State president Ed Ray on Friday announced he’s stepping down in the summer of 2020. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott “should follow suit,” says The Oregonian’s John Canzano. “That’s the most polite way to put it after watching the conference fall woefully behind during Scott’s watch.” Ray has been a staunch supporter of the current conference leadership.
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• UCLA won the Pac-12 gymnastics title, again, and Kyla Ross edged Utah’s MyKayla Skinner for the all-around title.
• Speaking of back-to-backs, Arizona State junior Zahid Valencia won his second consecutive NCAA wrestling title. His career record: 101-3.
• Arizona is gaining steam in the women’s NIT. The daily Star’s Greg hansen wonders if Dave Heeke should tear down … err, take down those curtains!
• Sabrina Ionescu’s triple-double powered Oregon into the Sweet 16. The Ducks are headed to Portland for the regionals.
• Arizona State ended its second-round frustration in the NCAAs and is headed to the 16, as well.
What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline:
• The vexing matter of targeting, as seen through the eyes of former Pac-12 officials.
• The SEC turned its basketball product around in three years. Are there lessons for the Pac-12?
• There are numerous examples in the Pac-12 of schools whiffing on their first choice in a coaching search and the Plan B working out just fine. Or in the case of Dana Altman, the Plan D.
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