(Getty Images) Here are the Hotline’s 10th annual early projections — yep, this exercise in futility began in Jan. ’07. As always, I will revise (if necessary) after the NFL Draft decisions are finalized. Coming tomorrow: A look at the 2016 Heisman contenders. Also considered (in no order): Boise State, Nebraska, Georgia, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, UCLA, Temple, Duke, San Diego State, Utah, Texas, Auburn, North Carolina, Northwestern, South Florida. 25. Oklahoma State: What separates the Cowboys from teams on the also-considered list? Gimme a minute and I’ll come up with something. 24. Iowa: Desmond King is good enough for his return to be the difference between No. 24 and not being ranked. 23. Washington State: Don’t discount WSU in the loaded Pac-12 North. Luke Falk returns to lead the Air Raid, but the defense requires revamping. 22. Texas A&M: Reports of the Sumlin Star fading might be a tad premature. Aggies set for a bounce-back season. … [Read more...] about My ridiculously early college football top-25 for 2016: Alabama is … not No. 1 (and neither is Clemson)
*** WEDNESDAY 8 A.M. UPDATE: Hotline post on Scott discussing revenue gap delayed until Thursday due to unexpected assignment. Coming Wednesday on the Hotline: Commissioner Larry Scott addresses the (expanding) TV rights revenue gap with the Big Ten and SEC. This brief post is intended to provide one-stop shopping for links to the Hotline’s post-spring/early summer preview of the upcoming season. I’ll update most of the items in the days before the season. Developments during training camp can alter perception and expectations, especially where quarterback play is involved … and so many Pac-12 teams are facing uncertainty at quarterback. *** Links to previous installments in the Hotline series: Post-spring practice story lines.Quarterback comfort levels. (Written before the news that WSU’s Peyton Bender is ineligible.)All-conference projections.Kickoff times and a Comcast breakthrough.Ranking the schedules.Top games for 2016. xxxxxxxxxxxx * Follow me on … [Read more...] about Links to the Pac-12 football 2016 preview
Quick hitters on Pac-12 basketball fortunes in the NBA Draft, looking back and ahead (with the school breakdown and year-by-year results below). *** The four first-round picks last week tied the 2015 total as the second-highest of the decade, behind 2014 (six). *** The three top-10 picks (Jaylen Brown, Marquese Chriss and Jakob Poeltl) marked the highest output for any conference this year and the Pac-12’s best since the loaded years of 2008-09, when there were back-to-back drafts with at least three top-10s. *** It’s not difficult to envision the Pac-12 duplicating the top-10 success next summer: Cal’s Ivan Rabb and two touted freshmen, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Washington’s Markelle Fultz, are candidates to be picked early. Nor would it be surprising to see Arizona’s Allonzo Trier and Oregon’s Dillon Brooks play their way into the first round, along with a handful of other candidates (returnees and freshmen). Everything breaks right, and the … [Read more...] about Pac-12 basketball: 2016 NBA Draft results and a look to ’17
Sharks players Joonas Donskoi, Tomas Hertl and Roman Polak have been chosen to represent their respective countries at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto this fall. Donskoi, 23, was among 16 players named to Team Finland early Wednesday morning, and Hertl, 22, and Polak, 29, were among the 16 players named to Team Czech Republic. Each of the eight teams that will play in the World Cup had to select at least 16 players by Wednesday. Each team will have a roster of 23 players: 20 skaters and three goaltenders, and the balance of each team’s roster must be announced no later than June 1. Team Canada will announce its first 16 players at 3 p.m. (Pacific) and Team USA will have their announcement at 3:45 p.m. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is expected to be named to the American roster, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic is strong candidate to make the Canadian team, although he might be one of the players that needs to wait until the spring to get official word. Vlasic won gold at … [Read more...] about World Cup 2016: Sharks’ Donskoi, Hertl and Polak named to rosters, with more to come?
(Nikolay Goldobin will be one of the players participating in the U50 portion of the Sharks rookie camp that begins Thursday at Sharks Ice.) The Sharks on Tuesday announced the daily schedule for their 2016 Rookie Camp, which will be held primarily at Sharks Ice at San Jose. Sessions are open to the public. Here’s a roster of the Sharks prospects that will be participating in rookie camp and the Rookie Showcase. They will play two games in Colorado, one vs. the Avalanche rookies on Sept. 17 and one vs. the Anaheim Ducks rookies on Sept. 19. Here’s a roster of the players (mostly from the Barracuda) that will be participating in the U50 portion of Sharks Rookie Camp and not the showcase. The schedule: Sept. 1512 p.m. – U50/Rookie Skates (North/South Rinks) Sept. 168:30 a.m. – Rookie Practice (South)10 a.m. – U50 Practice (North) Sept. 1710 a.m. – U50 Practice (South)1 p.m. – Rookies vs. Colorado (in Colorado) Sept. 189 a.m. – Rookie … [Read more...] about Sharks announce schedule/rosters for 2016 Rookie Camp