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FROM PULLMAN -- After a one-day blog hiatus, we're back with a small news item and some links around the Pac-12. Read on.


At his end-of-season press conference, coach Ken Bone said he didn't anticipate any defections from this season's team. However, it appears the Cougars will be losing walk-on guard Chuks Iroegbu, who has left Pullman with plans to transfer to another school, according to tweets made by he and his teammates, as well as other sources. There's been no official confirmation from WSU yet, however. Iroegbu, who redshirted last season as a freshman, is from Elk Grove, Calif. ... Also, go ahead and add defensive tackle Brandon Rankin to the list of WSU players who signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams. WSU announced that Rankin has signed with the Detroit Lions. ... Marquess Wilson makes this list of the Pac-12's top NFL prospects for 2013.

Around the Pac-12 ... Might Stanford be losing its athletic director? ... UCLA will be going after the ball more this season. A Bruins player goes where he's needed. ... Oregon picked up a basketball commitment. Examining Darron Thomas' next move. ... Some former Oregon State players are putting in work in the classroom. ... Colorado has a coach in the making already on the end of its bench.

There is no shortage of reaction to the sad news of Junior Seau's passing yesterday, but if you only read one story about it, make it this one by Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated.

All for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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