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Pac-12 announces plans for TV network

Pacific-12 Conference network?

Lots of them.

Conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Wednesday at a New York City press conference that the Pac-12 has partnered with four cable-television providers – Bright House, Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable – to broadcast up to 850 regional and national sporting events starting in 2012.

Washington will be one of the six regional channels. The others are Oregon, Northern California, Southern California, Arizona and Mountain.

This comes on the heels of the league signing a multi-year contract (worth approximately $3 billion) with ESPN and Fox Network to televise its national-profile games, including the inaugural Pac-12 championship football matchup in December.

Every football and men’s basketball will be televised, said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. The programming will begin in August 2012. Scott said the programming will not immediately be available on DirecTV, DISH or other satellite television providers.

Here is the full release from the Pac-12:

NEW YORK –In an innovative arrangement providing unprecedented exposure for its athletic and academic programs, the Pac-12 Conference announced today the creation of Pac-12 Networks, which will include a national network and six regional networks, in conjunction with four of the nation’s largest cable operators: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks.

In addition to broadly distributing the Pac-12 Networks, the four cable operators are utilizing iN DEMAND to provide certain production and operations services to the Pac-12 Networks, which will continue to be wholly owned by the Pac-12 Conference.
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Rested, relaxed and Sarkisian ready for Year 3

Savvy is Steve Sarkisian. When he wants to, he can charm, entertain or rivet reporters from all corners of the West Coast.

The UW’s third-year coach was on hand for the Pacific-12 Conference football media day at Fox Studios in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon.

For a brief nine minutes – the quickest enter and exit of any coach in the proceedings – he sat up along side tailback Chris Polk talking optimistically about the Huskies’ continued growth.

He was off and running. Others had to face the music concerning offseason issues – something Sarkisian was largely devoid of (unless you count Johri Fogerson’s ongoing issues as a major infraction or distraction, which I don’t).

Rarely in a setting such as this will Sarkisian allow a reporter to peek into his candid, off-handed side. In that regard, he is very guarded.

But on Tuesday, when I approached him about a topic I will write later during fall camp – how impactful year No. 3 is in a reshaping project – Sarkisian raised some insightful points about how much more confidence he has in what his team is doing.

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Pac-12 Media Day interview transcripts

Husky football beat writer Todd Milles is covering Pac-12 football media day in Los Angeles today. He’ll post updates later today.

Until then, here are complete interview transcripts from each team. We’ll post more throughout the day as the press conferences are concluded.

Coach Steve Sarkisian was joined by running back Chris Polk.

Washington State
Coach Paul Wulff was joined by receiver Jared Karstetter.

Arizona State
Coach Dennis Erickson was joined by quarterback Brock Osweiler

Coach Mike Stoops was joined by quarterback Nick Foles.

Colorado coach Jon Embree was joined by quarterback Tyler Hansen.

Coach Lane Kiffin was joined by quarterback Matt Barkley.

Coach Kyle Whittingham was joined by offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom.
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Oregon, Southern California preseason Pac-12 winners

The trend continues – go to a BCS national title game, enter the next season as the all-the-marbles favorite to win the Pacific-12 Conference.

Oregon, led by two-time conference coach of the year Chip Kelly received the most first-place votes of any team in either the North or South Division – 29 – in the annual preseason media poll.

With 239 points, the Ducks edged Stanford (13 first-place votes) with 220 in the North Division.

Last year, Washington received a first-place vote – and went all the way to a Holiday Bowl triumph over Nebraska. The Huskies are third –

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Vashon Island’s 6-7 Wegner will walk on at UW

This just in from the school:

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar announced the addition of walk on Alex Wegner to the roster on Thursday. Wegner, from Vashon Island, Wash., will be a freshman in 2011-12.

“We are looking forward to Alex joining us,” Romar said. “He is a very good student, proven winner and hard worker.”

The addition of Wegner brings the Husky roster up to 15 players total: 13 on scholarship, two walk ons.

A 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing, Wegner lettered four years for Vashon Island High School. He helped the Pirates to the Washington State 1A

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Changes in future schedules; fall camp opens Aug. 8

The University of Washington made a few switches with future matchups – mainly coming in 2012:

* Originally scheduled against Portland State, the 2012 season opener (Sept. 1) will now be a home date against San Diego State.

To make such a move, the Huskies moved an originally-scheduled September game against Nevada to a future time – Sept. 8, 2018.

The game with Portland State has been pushed back two weeks in 2012 – to Sept. 15.

And the long-awaited rematch with Louisiana State, initially planned on Sept. 29, is now on Sept. 8 on the road.

All 2012 home

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