Arizona was picked to win the Pac-12 and reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament by Athlon's college basketball yearbook.

The annual also picked Brandon Ashley to make its five-man all league team, with Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons on the second team. UCLA freshman phenom Shabazz Muhammad was named player of the year.

Athlon picked UCLA second, followed by Cal, Stanford, Colorado and USC.

That contrasted somewhat by the projections from Lindy's, which had UCLA first, followed by UA, Stanford, Cal, Washington and USC. Lindy's also picked Hill as its player of the year, with Grant Jerrett on the second team but no other Wildcats named to the first three all-league teams...


Kansas raised the head coach salary bar a bit by handing Bill Self a $3.86 million annual deal

Sean Miller is scheduled to earn $2.2 million plus incentives this season.


Jon Wilner doesn't have a lot of optimism that the DirecTV situation will be influenced by basketball interest.

-- had a look into negative recruiting tactics (thanks "Bob" for the link.)


Gilbert Arenas may have to find work in China.


Low-income athletes for Pac-12 teams in California will get their insurance premiums and deductibles covered after a new state government program was passed to aid athletes of schools generating more than $10 million in sports media money.

It will be interesting to see if this raises an eyebrow among the league's non-California teams.


On the previous discussion thread, Catburger and John D suggested the coverage of Josiah Turner's DUI case is unwarranted because he's gone. Even though I've gone to the courthouse every step of the way, we have only had a few paragraphs updating his situation in the print edition (here's the latest version).





Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball