October 17, 2013
Pac-12 Media Day
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference celebrated their head coaches and star players at Pac-12 Media Day Thursday morning in San Francisco, a brief preview of what looks to be a banner year for the three-year-old conference.
While the old Pac-10 enjoyed plenty of successful years, the conference has struggled to regain past glory since accepting Utah and Colorado, to expand to its current size. The Pac-12's first season was considered by many to be one of the worst performing years by a high-major conference, ever. Just one program made the NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid, California, while sixth-place Colorado stole the automatic bid via a conference tournament championship.
The conference rebounded in 2012 with Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and UCLA all made the Big Dance.
Colorado head coach Tad Boyle made no secret that when the Buffs entered the conference in his second season, it would be up to the coaches to change the league's perception, through recruiting. For his Buffaloes, there's one particular recruiting coop that sparked the program's upturn.
"Colorado would not be in the position that we are today if Spencer (Dinwiddie) didn't come," Boyle said. "It's about getting good players, high quality people
that can help you compete for ships."
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