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- Our recap of UW’s eventful day at Pac-12 media days Thursday, leading with Cyler Miles‘ one-game suspension.
- Bud Withers says the Pac-12’s media days was a success.
- A good interview by Dave “Softy” Mahler with UCLA’s Jim Mora, who says he’s not sure he wanted “the pressure” of coaching the Huskies.
- Here’s video of Petersen with the guys at the Pac-12 Networks, and more yet of Hau’oli Kikaha and Ben Riva on the set.
- Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times opines on Petersen, who was offered the UCLA job twice but never really wanted to move to L.A, Dufresne is convinced. Funny to think we could be writing about Mora at UW at Petersen at UCLA. Alas, both sides seem pretty happy with how things turned out.
More from Dufresne:
It is conspiratorial to suggest Petersen purposely tanked his interview with USC so it could then hire Steve Sarkisian, leaving vacated the comfort-fit Washington job Petersen wanted all along.
Let’s just say it all worked out for the best.
It figured Petersen would someday leave Boise, but he wasn’t easily pried from his seat. He spurned offer after offer during an eight-year run in which he led Boise State to a 92-12 record.
Petersen prowled patiently for the right opportunity and seems to have nailed it.
- Oregon State’s Sean Mannion remains reserved despite his rising national profile.
- For Stanford, anything but a Pac-12 title would be “a little disappointing.”
- With nine starters gone, Arizona State’s defense is an unknown.
- Mike MacIntyre sees progress at Colorado.
- UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks could move out of Myles Jack‘s shadow this season.
And, finally, here are a few of my iPhone photos from Thursday, with Petersen, Kikaha and Riva having a little fun for the cameras at Paramount Studios: