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Live blog: Pac 12 men's basketball media day

Larry Scott, Pac 12 Commissioner

Excited to announce that every single men's basketball and football game will be televised next season on some network whether it is Fox, ESPN and the new Pac 12 Network (s).

He uses Derrick Williams as an example of the lack of national coverage last season, pointing to the fact that Williams didn't truly emerge as national star until late in the season.

"This conference is a virtual pipeline into the NBA"

"We are going to be on the cutting edge of what conference can be. We are going to control our own media platform, paving the way in the future of college sports and broadcasting."

Herb Sendek , ASU

On getting points -- really other than Trent, we don’t’ have somebody thats put a lot of points on the board in their career. I don’t know that we can look to anyone invidiual.

Be very much, a productive team offense and team defense. As any season, moves along different guys are going to emerge.

On Jahii Carson, who is still awaiting to be cleared by the NCAA -- not at liberty to say too much for privacy reasons, but I remain hopeful that he will be a part of our team.

On new NCAA rules -- I’m a strong proponent of deregulation. Over the years we continued to add rules, its added chasms between coaches and players. Any way we can simply the rules is a good thing. I’m very happy to see increased access to players.

Craig Robinson, Oregon State

Over the past few years, I've had to couch my statements, saying things like "we are going to play hard." But for the first time, I feel like we have a team that can compete in every single game.

On still playing 1-3-1 -- we’ll play more man to man this year. We just haven’t had the athletes in the past.  But we would never, ever stop playing the 1-3-1

Johnny Dawkins, Stanford

On the team's trip to Europe --  We grew closer as a group. I thought it was great for our guys. I watched them really grow. The competition was very, very good. It forced our kids to up their games.

On prized recruit Chasson Randle  --  When I first saw him, I thought he was a winner. I saw a young man very versatile in his play. He had the innate ability to make plays. A very unselfish player, but he can get to the basket and create his own shot. He adds another dimension to our team.

Dana Altman, Oregon

He said that Garrett Sim will get the first shot at the starting point guard spot. Transfer DeVoe Joseph, who will be eligible midseason, will also see time there.

Ken Bone, WSU

On Mychal Ladd – He really deserves a lot of credit where Klay Thompson is at right now. We needed someone get after Klay physically and that was Mychal Ladd. He brings an element of toughness to our team.

On Reggie Moore -- I think he’s going to have a very good season.  He really battled to be given the opportunity play by the doctors. He maybe should have not played last. Here are the consequences of you playing, and went for it. His game changed. As a freshman, he was relentless and attacking, last year he really didn’t do that. We are now seeing it daily.

Larry Krystkowiak, Utah

When you look down that schedule and the 18 league games, it’s hard to see where you’re going to pencil in the W's.

It’s a tempting time to make it complicated. With a coaching change comes a culture change, we’re just not going to take any shortcuts initially

Not be full of clichés, but we have to worry about what we can control.

We are going to be accountable in all aspects. It’s unbelievable what we’ve done in the weight room and on the track.

It says here the media has picked 12 of the last 19 champions. I just want to know how many times you got the team that finished last right. Because we are hoping they are wrong.

Tad Boyle, Colorado

"We lost 75 percent scoring off last year's team."

Boyle believes that senior Austin Dufault, seated next to him, is poised to have a breakout season.

"With the team we have, I think we can surprise some people. I think it's important we have a good showing this year. Sometimes doing well, doesn't always show up in wins and losses."

Mike Montgomery, Cal

Montgomery was diagnosed with high grade bladder cancer a month ago. He said he will be back on the floor and going full time on Monday.

ON the NCAA deregulation -- It blows my mind. We are now going to tweeting, texting, calling these kids any time any place. I’ve always been relatively protective when it comes to kid’s privacy. Now you are going to have 321 college coaches calling these guys.  I just don’t know how this is going to work itself out.

Kevin O'Neill, USC

Forward Evan Smith will be out 6 to 8 weeks.

"The guy to my left (Maurice Jones) is going to have play 40 minutes a game, I'm informing him now."

"Some days we looked really good, some days we stink."

On Jio Fontain -- we aren't going to be able to replace him. He was point guard. He was leader. You just don't lose a guy like that when you are in throws of starting over. We've had to change our style of play from what we wanted to be done.

On Jones -- If Mo got hurt, we wouldn't be able to play games. I need him to do more all the time.

Lorenzo Romar, Washington

There aren't any clouded issues surrounding this team right now.

Our ability as a group to come together and be on the same page is going to be very important.

Romar on SPU's defeat of Arizona: We are very fortunate that we didn't have an exhibition game last night.

Ben Howland, UCLA

"Obviously it would be great if we still had Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt. We’d really be good.

"This year we really need to get back to dominating the boards. Teams that rank high in rebounding margin are teams that win

Josh has to be in better condition, there's no doubt about it.

Sean Miller, Arizona

I guess I'm the only coach up here that is 0-1.

There's no way in the world we are the third best team in the Pac 12 right now

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