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October 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Morning links: Pac-12 pushes pay for student-athletes

The Pac-12 moved forward Wednesday with its reform package and formally notified the NCAA of its plans to enhance the benefits given to student-athletes.

Among the changes: increasing the amount of money available to student-athletes to cover the full cost of their attendance; providing multi-year scholarships; supporting student-athletes who return to school so they can finish their degrees; and enhancing medical support and insurance for student-athletes.

The presidents and chancellors will meet Oct. 27 to discuss implementing reforms, which would occur at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this all unfolds. Already schools such as California is receiving backlash and a lawsuit from field hockey members for concentrating so much on football.

THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Washington assistants T.J. Otzelberger and Raphael Chillious are being credited with helping the Huskies put together a 2015 class that’s considered one of the best in the nation.

— Arizona’s Gabe York made it to the top of ESPN’s top 10 reserve list. Former Rainier Beach High standout Shaqquan Aaron, the Louisville freshman wing, is No. 7.

— ESPN insider Kevin Pelton gives an in-depth analysis on Arizona. He also takes a look at Utah.

— Meanwhile, Athlon previews Colorado.

— Oregon State began practice Wednesday.

— The Beavers had four scholarships available and the Oregon State used one of them on former walk-on Justin Stangel, a 6-10 junior center. The moves gives OSU 10 scholarship players. Stangel adds depth to a frontline that includes 7-foot sophomore Cheikh N’diaye and 6-foot-10 juniors Olaf Schaftenaar and Daniel Gomis.

— It’s a little old, but interesting to note Arizona State figure’s prominently in Phoenix’s bid to lure a NCAA tournament Final Four.

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