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Powering a stronger Pac-12

Arizona Splashy hires: Plucked ex-West Virginia and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez at a relatively frugal $1.75 million a year; 'Cats also...

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Arizona

Splashy hires: Plucked ex-West Virginia and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez at a relatively frugal $1.75 million a year; 'Cats also will pay $425,000 for defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel.

On the make: Erecting $73 million Lowell-Stevens football facility due for completion next June — offices, meeting rooms, weight room, academic center, etc. — and accompanying 3,500 end zone seats.

Arizona State

Splashy hires: Tortuous search yielded Pitt coach Todd Graham at $2 million annually.

On the make: Spiffed up football offices and meeting rooms with carpet, paint and ASU-branded historical touches; now raising funds for total face-lift of Sun Devil Stadium — estimated cost as high as $350 million — that would update it, expand seat sizes and trim capacity to about 64,000.

California

Splashy hires: Bears went old-school, hiring former NFL Pro Bowl receiver Wes Chandler, 56, who has never coached in college. He will coach receivers.

On the make: This fall, Cal moves into retrofitted and renovated Memorial Stadium, a long-delayed, $321-million project.

Colorado

Splashy hires: After turning the program over to Jon Embree a year ago, CU saw its staff remain intact.

On the make: Buffs will unveil $7 million worth of new video boards, and are doing a feasibility study on a proposed indoor practice facility tied in with offices for the athletic department, as well as a stadium expansion of about 7,000 (making capacity 60,000).

Oregon

Splashy hires: Chip Kelly spurned an offer from the Tampa Bay Bucs, and his staff — five of whom have been at Oregon an aggregate 97 years — stayed together.

On the make: Ducks are set to move into a new $68 million, football-only facility in the fall of 2013, described by The Eugene Register-Guard as continuing the "trend of jaw-dropping, donor-funded opulence" of recent UO athletic projects.

Oregon State

Splashy hires: Beavers' new/old hire for DBs coach is 58-year-old ex-NFL standout Rod Perry, who hasn't coached collegians in 25 years.

On the make: Improved practice facility, and beginning feasibility study for renovation of the west side of Reser Stadium.

Stanford

Splashy hires: A year after David Shaw took over, made a couple of low-key hires.

On the make: Cardinal in early phase of adding 30,000 square feet to football digs in the Arrillaga Family Center for meeting rooms, offices and training space, a project to take 18 months.

UCLA

Splashy hires: Bruins anted up for Jim Mora, giving him $1.835 million this year and $5 million more than predecessor Rick Neuheisel over five years.

On the make: Doing $800,000 replacement of turf at Spaulding Field practice complex.

USC

Splashy hires: Trojans added Tee Martin, who quarterbacked Tennessee to a national title in 1998, as wide receivers coach.

On the make: USC just moved into the $70 million, 110,000-square-foot John McKay Center with all the football bells and whistles, including a 40-yard field and academic services for all athletes.

Utah

Splashy hires: No wild spending here; Brian Johnson, 25-year-old offensive coordinator, went from being the lowest-paid on the staff at $120K to $225,000.

On the make: Utes due to move into new $30 million football-ops building in July.

Washington

Splashy hires: Huskies, who were paying Nick Holt $650,000 annually, canned him and landed Justin Wilcox to be defensive coordinator for $750K. They also spirited noted recruiter Tosh Lupoi out of Cal — he was making a reported $164,000 — for $350,000 annually, plus a one-time bonus of $100,000.

On the make: In a year, Washington's $250 million renovation to the south stands at Husky Stadium will be complete, along with a west-end football-ops center and a lower field without a track.

Washington State

Splashy hires: WSU opened the vault for Mike Leach at $2.25 million a year, roughly double what they've ever paid any previous employee of the school.

On the make: Opening new, three-deck press box (cost: $80 million) with luxury suites, loge boxes and club seating. Regents will vote on a proposed west-end building dedicated to football.

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