New shows

The new Pac-12 Networks still do not have a distribution deal with DirecTV or Dish Network, but they announced an outline for their television schedule Tuesday at the league's media day in Universal City, Calif.

Pac-12 Enterprises president Gary Stevenson detailed the plans for the stations, which launch Aug. 15. The Pac-12 Networks will feature one main station and six regional ones, with the UA and Arizona State receiving coverage of Pac-12 Network Arizona.

"We're creating a content company whose mission it is to deliver that content to fans across the country," Stevenson said.

Here's a look at some of the shows:

• A 30-minute football season preview show for each team, and a one-hour special for the league as a whole.

• "Pac-12 Football Encore," showcasing the 10 best games from last year.

• A replay of all 79 games this year- on the networks, ESPN, ABC and Fox - condensed into 60 minutes each.

• Live pregame, postgame and halftime shows from the San Francisco studio.

• Game recaps on Sunday nights

• Coaches shows on Tuesday nights


Cal coach Jeff Tedford spent part of his offseason with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Tedford wanted to study the Patriots - specifically, how they were able to create mismatches by using their tight ends.

Last year, Arizona Wildcats alum Rob Gronkowski caught 90 balls for 1,327 yards, and Aaron Hernandez had 79 catches for 910 yards.

Tedford would like to replicate that with his own tight ends.

"They do such a great job … the way they put their tight ends different places and create mismatches," Tedford said.

The whiff

Aside from Andrew Luck, Washington defensive back Shaq Thompson might have been the most talked-about Pac-12 football player of the offseason.

And he hasn't even taken a snap yet.

Thompson gained some fame - or infamy - for his baseball exploits. One of the nation's top football recruits, Thompson quit baseball in sixth grade and returned to play for his senior season in high school.

When he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round, it was a gamble to see if his athleticism could translate to baseball.

Thompson played for the Gulf Coast Red Sox and was historically bad.

He went 0 for 39 with 37 strikeouts before heading to the UW campus this week to play football.

Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian was sympathetic.

"I'd probably be 0 for 39 with 39 K's," he said.

Online TV

Stevenson also announced the Pac-12 Networks' online presence would be called "Pac-12 Now."

"Pac-12 Now" will air live games and launch Aug. 15 on computers and iPads. Other devices will be added afterward.

Fans can only watch "Pac-12 Now" if they receive the Pac-12 Networks on their televisions. "Pac-12 Now" is free.


"Who knows what to expect? It's Oregon. But I look at teams and wonder what exactly was the reasoning behind it. Everybody wants to be fresh, and everybody wants to be brand new." - Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, talking about the national trend toward changing uniforms, as the Ducks do

The big number


The age of new Utah offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, the youngest person in America to hold a coordinator job. The former Utah quarterback skipped first grade and was a high school senior at 16. "He's a guy that's used to being young for whatever he's doing," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.

Another quotable

"For us, whoever wins that job, will be the guy who does the job well - executes, gets us to the right protection, gets us to a right run play and, when a guy is open, they get him the ball." - Stanford coach David Shaw, on finding a replacement for quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall draft pick.