Hall of Famer Bill Walton entertains Pac-12 Podcast hosts Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson with stories from his "Walton on Wheels" bus tour and his UCLA playing days under John Wooden. Walton also shares his thoughts on current coach Ben Howland, and the upcoming Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas.

3.5.13 - Podcast 15


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The final stop of any tour generally has a festive vibe. Bill Walton in Berkeley on Wednesday will not disappoint.

Wrapping up a 10-week, 3,500-mile journey on the campus of California, the Pac-12 Networks/ESPN analyst will speak at 1 p.m. PT in the Haas Club Room. Everybody is invited and the first 50 Cal students who arrive at 12:30 can even snag some free pizza.

[Related: Bus tour brings Walton back to his roots]


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What is your favorite Pac-12 women's basketball coach's preferred practice drill, philosophy on trash talking, and unique coaching experience? We asked them, and collected their answers here. Suffice to say: They're as varied as the coaches themselves.

See them in action this week at the 2013 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament in Seattle starting Thursday, March 7.


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California remains in first place in the team standings with 298.5 points after day two. Stanford holds strong at second place, bringing in 278 points and USC sits in third with 218.


It was a historic day for Oregon State on Monday as the Beavers unveiled a new athletics logo and brand identity program to set the direction of the department for years to come.

According to a release by the school, Nike officials helped work on the brand program for more than two years "to refine and update the celebrated marks of the University, honoring the rich tradition of academics and athletics."


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By Jonathan Okanes, special to Pac-12.com
Updated March 4, 2013

When Pac-12 Networks Director of Talent and Development Kristin Bredes first arrived at Pac-12 Enterprises last April, she initially didn’t make a whole lot of friends.

It’s not that Bredes isn’t a perfectly likable person. It’s just that she only had a few months to sift through a few thousand audition tapes before the Pac-12 Networks launched in August.


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By David Lombardi, special to Pac-12.com
Updated March 4, 2013

With murderer's row Pac-12 schedules looming for the league's baseball clubs, non-conference play is giving observers a good gauge of the pulse of western teams. As always, there's no shortage of variety as far as styles of play go among the Pac-12's group. Within just two weeks, these contrasting styles will be jockeying for position in the conference standings. For now, though, here's the vibe emanating from non-conference play:


Each week, dozens of live events comprising hundreds of plays air on Pac-12 Networks and elsewhere. At week’s end, we rank the 10 best as seen here.

Which play do you think was best for Feb. 25 - March 3? View the highlights, then vote and be heard.


California won the 200-yard medley relay and USC snatched the 800-yard free relay on Sunday to kick-off the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.


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