Pac-12 coaching turnover lingers into title game

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford's David Shaw grew up a coach's son, so he sympathizes anytime someone in his profession is fired.

Lately, there have been a lot of opportunities to express condolences.

The inaugural year for the expanded Pac-12 Conference turned out to be a one-shot deal for a third of the league's football coaches, heating up this week with three more getting fired. The dismissals will even impact the first championship game Friday night and give the new-look league a sideline makeover next year.

UCLA's Rick Neuheisel, Arizona State's Dennis Erickson and Washington State's Paul Wulff all lost their jobs this week.

Mike Stoops was fired from Arizona on Oct. 10, and the Wildcats already have hired former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez to take over the program.