Lott IMPACT Trophy

The Pac-12 Report

Pac-12 Woes
Is the Pac-12 turning into the Dismal Dozen?

No conference had a more miserable bowl season in 2017 than the Conference of Champions. Nine schools qualified for post-season play. Eight of them lost.

Only Utah’s win over West Virginia (and, by the way, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is 11-1 in bowl games) kept the conference from going winless.

Four of the losses were incurred by ranked teams – USC, Washington, Stanford and Washington State.
A trend or an aberration?

Well, based on the first week, it’s not good news for the conference.
Washington, believed to be the best team in the Pac-12, threw out a listless performance in losing to Auburn. UCLA was upset by a pedestrian Cincinnati team and Arizona, another pre-season darling, succumbed to BYU.

Oregon State was embarrassed by Ohio State, 77-31.
Ouch!

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2004 Lott IMPACT Trophy winner David Pollack (Georgia), now a standout on ESPN, recently donated a new outdoor basketball court at Dove Creek Elementary School in Watsonville, Georgia…

Linebacker Ben Humphries of Duke, who is on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List received the Glenn Davis Award during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his senior season at Mater Dei High School. The award is given annually to the player who best epitomizes the U.S. Army’s high standards of excellence in community service, education and athletic excellence. Glenn Davis won the 1946 Heisman Trophy at West Point. Prior to that, he was a star at Bonita High School, the winners of the 1942 CIF Championship game against Newport Harbor. Davis scored five touchdowns in that game…

2017 Outland Trophy winner – and two-time Lott IMPACT Trophy nominee — Ed Oliver of Houston has his own bobblehead. The stud defensive end is depicted riding on a horse that he rode in childhood…

Media guides have gotten bigger and more elaborate. West Virginia’s came in the other day – a whopping 208 pages with the first 62 in full-color, depicting everything from tailgating to the weight room…
Brent Musburger is in as the new play-by-play radio announcer for the Raiders. Musburger now lives in Las Vegas, where the Raiders will move in 2020. Sadly, the very popular Tom Flores, the former Raider head coach, was let go as the analyst on the radio after 21 seasons…

2008 Lott IMPACT Trophy winner James Laurinaitis (Ohio State), now retired from the NFL, will return as an analyst on FOX 97.1 and Big Ten Network…

Excitement is high back in Lincoln, Nebraska where new head coach Scott Frost, fresh off a 13-0 season at the University of Central Florida, has given the slumping (4-8 last year) Cornhuskers hope. High hopes. They had a record 86,818 attend their spring game and it looks like their record of 361 consecutive sellouts will remain intact. The Nebraska defense is led by Academic All-Big Ten star Dedrick Young, who had a team high 80 tackles last season.

JJ Watt (2010 winner from Wisconsin) has 5.42 million followers on twitter, the second most among NFL players. Russell Wilson is first with 5.34 million…

Can you name the top three schools in career victories? (Michigan, Ohio State and Texas)…

Ronnie Lott will serve on the prestigious College Football Playoff Committee this season. The group will determine what teams are selected for the post-season playoffs and bowl games. A great and well-deserved honor for Ronnie…