Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Pac-12 Stock Report: Loaded Basketball Schedule, QB Recruitment, UCLA Hint, Arizona’s Tryouts, Oregon’s NIL Assist and More

Comment on the developments of the Pac-12 on and off the field, and the court…

Rising: Pac-12 Basketball Schedule

The most anticipated season in years is fast approaching. On Wednesday, the Pac-12 released the master schedule, which includes tipoff times and TV assignments for all but a few games.

We took a look at non-conference opponents so we can understand the challenge – and opportunity – the teams await.

It is impossible to provide a complete list of enemies because so many teams play in-season tournaments, where only the opponent from the opening round is known.

But we do know this:

The Pac-12 has three games against national champion Baylor, two games against (potential) Precision No. 1 Gonzaga, and singles games against North Carolina, Villanova, and Kansas.

We also know that UCLA’s program is a perfect work of art.

The Bruins, who returned all key players from their final four runs and should be No. 2 or 3 in the AP Precision Poll, will host Villanova and face Gonzaga and North Carolina in Las Vegas.

He will carry the banner of Pac-12 with two hands. Everyone else will combine it with one.

Other notable matchups in November and December:

Colorado hosts Tennessee and Kansas.

Arizona State plays Baylor on a neutral court and Creighton on the road.

Oregon gets Baylor at home.

Stanford plays in Waco and faces Texas on a neutral floor.

Arizona has true road games against Tennessee and Illinois.

Washington visits Gonzaga.

And based on the results of the in-season tournament, there are possible dates with Ohio State, Michigan and Syracuse.

The convention has no shortage of opportunities to show the remaining skeptics that the success of March Madness was the beginning of a permanent rise, rather than a temporary one.

It seems that all that is left is winning.

Fall: Washington State’s Schedule

The Cougars are the only team that does not face at least one high-profile opponent. quite the contrary. His program is loaded with creampuffs:

Alcorn State (home), Seattle (home), UC Santa Barbara (home), Idaho (street), Winthrop (home), Eastern Washington (home), Weber State (home), South Dakota State (in Spokane), New Mexico State (home), Northern Colorado (home) and Boise State (in Spokane).

We get it: Kyle Smith is wary of over-scheduling during the production of the program. Confidence and speed are essential to success.

But the Cougars won more games than last season (14–13), returned several key players and could very well finish in the top half of the conference.

Smith has done a great job in his first two seasons.

But the 2021-22 schedule is clearly disappointing.

Rising: UCLA Football

We’re not sure if the Bruins do anything on the field this season above the gesture they made earlier this week.

After the death of Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe, the Bruins sent a sympathy note—except it wasn’t your standard sympathy note.

It was a three-foot-tall foam board (a mix of cardboard and Styrofoam) with a picture of Lowe in uniform holding the Utah flag, with the signatures of the entire UCLA team and coach Chip Kelly.

Utah published a photo of the board on your twitter account with a letter of appreciation.

“This is incredibly meaningful, @UCLAFootball. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. #22Forever”

Fall: Arizona Football

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Players are so desperately needed that the Wildcats are trying out walk-ons.

This is right. Twitter feed of the event published a notice of tryouts with links to registration information. (The NCAA has certain requirements for walk-ons.)

We can’t remember the last time the Pac-12 program had a tryout, specifically during the season.

Again, the Wildcats haven’t won a game in two years and by comparison are making Kansas almost capable.

Sure, coaches would love to see a hidden gem that can help win games, but there’s a clear need to improve the competitive level of practice as well.

Our guess is that Jade Fish never imagined it would happen when he took the job last winter.

but needed Has it come to this?

The hotline examined Arizona’s national and conference rankings for the five recruiting classes (2016–20), which make up the bulk of the current roster.

What we found (national/conference rankings), according to the 247Sports.com database:

2016: 48th/9th
2017: 45th/10th
2018: 61st/11th
2019: 56th/11th
2020: 59th/11th

Those rankings are not typically associated with the level of decline seen in Tucson, much less a multi-year losing streak.

They are not good, but many teams have done worse.

In fact, Arizona’s classrooms have consistently ranked higher on that section than Wake Forest. And the Demon Deacon is currently undefeated.

Rising: Oregon’s Zero Opportunity

As if the Ducks didn’t have inherent advantages in the name, image and likeness era through their relationship with Nike, here comes the next step:

Phil Knight has created a company dedicated to helping Oregon athletes promote their personal brands.

It is called Division Street, Inc. Said, and according to Forbes, former Nike vice president Rosemary St. Clair will oversee the company:

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