Pac-12 players poised to break out in the fall

PHOENIX (AP) — A look at football players in the Pac-12 this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall:

The versatile running back was productive while splitting time with Khalfani Muhammad last season and is poised to see a big uptick as the Bears’ featured back this season under new coach Justin Wilcox.

Freeman managed to rush for 945 yards in 11 games despite the injuries last season and the Ducks will be relying on him to help them bounce back from a dismal 4-8 season that led to the firing of coach Mark Helfrich.

The athletic 6-foot-5 receiver had a strong sophomore season, leading the Beavers with 660 yards receiving and five touchdowns on 43 receptions.

Chryst was Stanford’s starting quarterback all last season, but will have competition this fall as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the Sun Bowl.

Barnett added intrigue to the Sun Devils’ quarterback situation when he transferred from Alabama and was ruled eligible for the start of the season by the NCAA.

The Buffaloes lost their all-time leading passer, but figure to still be in good hands with Montez under center.

Montez threw for 1,078 yards and nine TDs in limited action last season and Colorado has a multitude of offensive players back for 2017.

Rosen arrived at UCLA with loads of hype and showed flashes of living up to it before his freshman season was derailed by a shoulder injury.

Darnold did not win the starting job to start the 2016 season, but won the hearts of Trojans fans by leading them to a nine-game winning streak to close the season, including a last-second Rose Bowl win that he helped orchestrate.

Washington and Ohio State announce home-and-home series

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington and Ohio State have announced a two-game home-and-home series beginning in the 2024 season.

Washington and Ohio State are coming off seasons in which they reached the College Football Playoff, with both falling in the national semifinals.

Washington shows offseason progress at spring preview

Head coach Chris Petersen was not afraid to be blunt after the Washington football team’s Spring Preview.

Key offensive and defensive players speak after Spring Preview

A few players had time to speak to the media after the Washington football team’s Spring Preview — where Husky Stadium is open to fans for the final day of spring practice. Junior tailback Myles Gaskin and senior linebacker Keishawn…

Head coach Chris Petersen after the Spring Preview

Here is what the Washington football team’s head coach Chris Petersen had to say to the media after the Huskies’ annual Spring Preview:

Previewing the Pac-12

Last season was certainly an upside-down year for the conference. For the first time since a championship game was installed to determine a conference champion in 2011, a team other than Oregon or Stanford won the North division, and Colorado…

Dawgs both new and old enter 2017 season ready to defend Pac-12 crown

Last season saw the Washington football team steamroll through the early season, break a 12-year losing streak to Oregon, win the Apple Cup, bring home a shiny Pac-12 Championship trophy, and go to the College Football Playoff.

Washington State Cougars unveil new football uniforms

Washington State last introduced a major redesign of its uniforms when it signed a deal with Nike in 2011. Since then the Cougars have tried to stay true to their “classic” look while integrating more futuristic fabrics, features and color combinations.

March Madness could push KeyArena renovation to 2019

On Tuesday, KeyArena was announced as one of the host venues for the first and second rounds of the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The problem with the 2019 tournament dates is that they may fall in the middle of what could be a lengthy renovation of the arena should the city adopt one of two proposals submitted last week.

Huskies keep top recruit Jaylen Nowell


Arizona Wildcats name Romar associate head coach

In a news release announcing the hiring, Miller called it “an exciting day for Arizona basketball.”

Romar’s Huskies won the Pac-12 regular season title twice and were consecutive conference tournament champions in 2010 and 2011.

UW names Jody Wynn new women's basketball coach


Nation's No. 1 recruit Michael Porter Jr signs with Missouri

(AP) — The nation’s No. 1 recruit made his college choice official Wednesday when swingman Michael Porter Jr. signed a letter of intent to play for new coach Cuonzo Martin at Missouri.

The 6-foot-10 Porter initially chose Washington last year when his father, Michael Porter Sr., worked as an assistant for Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar.

Washington's Chris Petersen signs extension through 2023

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington coach Chris Petersen has signed a contract extension that goes through the 2023 season and averages out to nearly $5 million per season in total compensation.

Petersen is 27-14 in his three seasons at Washington and led the Huskies to a Pac-12 Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff last season.

Washington announces contract extension for Chris Petersen

After leading the Washington Huskies to their first conference championship in 16 years, Chris Petersen signed a new three-year contract extension that will keep him at the school through the 2023 season.

Report: Washington signs Chris Petersen to contract extension

According to the report, Washington head coach Chris Petersen’s newest extension adds three years to his contract and bumps his average annual salary to $4.875 million per season, which would make him one of the ten highest-paid coaches in the nation.