Academics or athletics? There was a time when a recruit had to choose one over the other. But the recent success of elite academic programs has proved that you can thrive in both.
Much has been made about the Pac-10's transformation off the field, but that pales in comparison to the progress the conference has made on the field in 2010.
With its two national championships, top-ranked recruiting classes and enthusiastic coach, USC made the strongest bid to be the top-ranked program in the last 10 years.
Besides USC, the Pac-10 hasn't been taken seriously in a long time, but the game is cyclical. If there's a conference answer to what's next, it's the Pac-10, writes Ivan Maisel.