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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State's Mike Leach on when he first met Lincoln Riley: "I thought he'd eventually be a head coach. Very smart, very aware of all the variables, that type of thing. He was my assistant and right-hand guy for about seven years, and then when we hired him, he was the youngest position coach in the country. ... I'm not surprised he's a head coach. Maybe a little bit of how it unfolded, but I knew he'd eventually be a head coach."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford DT Harrison Phillips has watched last year's loss to Washington at least 30 times. "I don't even know what happened that game, honestly. That's what everyone says but I actually don't know."


Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

2015-2016: Kirk Cousins w/ Jordan Reed on field: 42 TD, 10 INT, 106.4 passer rating w/o Reed: 12 TD, 13 INT, 86.1 rating

Adam Caplan @caplannfl

On Marcus Smith release: if any team claims him off waivers tomorrow, they would be responsible for rest of contract including roster bonus.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Redskins placed following players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list: S DeAngelo Hall TE Jordan Reed WR Kendal Thompson

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State LB Peyton Pelluer on expectations: "Anything less than a Pac-12 championship would be selling ourselves short. We're no strangers to being overlooked. We kind of like to do our thing, work in the shadows, so to speak."

Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

At UFC press conference, Jon Jones declines to answer a question from journalist Luke Thomas, saying, "I don't like you."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are friendly, and Darnold hopes to meet up with Rosen sometime before the season.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State RB Jamal Morrow on 6-9, 368-pound All-America guard Cody O'Connell, aka "The Continent." Morrow compares O'Connell to the Coca-Cola polar bear.


Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The PAC 12 Conference announced Wednesday that it will continue to hold its football conference championship game at Levi's Stadium through at least 2019. The game is entering its fourth year in Santa Clara and the new agreement adds two years -- 2018 and 2019 -- to the current agreement.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon coach Willie Taggart on his relationship with defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, who comes to the Ducks from Colorado.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon linebacker Troy Dye on the preseason predictions for the Ducks, picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 North.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

USC quarterback Sam Darnold on how the team addresses being a national title contender this season.


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Countdown to college football: 36 days! Jalen Hurts was responsible for an Alabama-record 36 touchdowns last season. He returns as a true sophomore for the Crimson Tide in 2017.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton on how quarterback Sam Darnold is handling the preseason hype, including being projected as the top pick in the 2018 NFL draft.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After a 12-year drought, it may be tempting for Pac-12 folks.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, USC is the media's preseason favorite to win the Pac-12. Both the Trojans and Washington are heavy favorites to win their divisions with USC holding a 28-to-22 voting edge over the Huskies in the conference title game.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

USC picked to win the Pac-12 in preseason media poll. Defending league champ Washington picked to win the North Division and, like USC, is the overwhelming favorite in its division. Stanford, Washington State, Oregon, Utah and UCLA each received one first-place vote in their respective divisions.