Former Pac-12 athletes talk about the network

By Jonathan Okanes

The Pac-12 Networks are in the process of compiling promotional material from some of the conference’s elite former athletes. So many of the conference’s student-athletes have gone on to reach the top of their respective sports. Tuesday, the Networks stopped by AT&T Park — home of the San Francisco Giants — to talk to a trio of former Pac-12 athletes that have reached the highest level of their sport.

Two of them play for the Giants — pitcher Barry Zito and shortstop Brandon Crawford. Zito was a first team All-American at USC in 1999. Crawford starred at UCLA, where he led the Bruins to three straight NCAA Regional appearances and was an all-conference selection.

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford prepares for an interview by the Pac-12 Networks at AT&T Park. Crawford played his college ball at UCLA.

While at the ballpark, the Networks were also paid a visit by former Stanford soccer star Kelley O’Hara, who recently was named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in the London Games this summer. O’Hara, who now resides in San Francisco, just returned from a national team training session in Philadelphia and leaves next week for Sweden to play the host country and Japan.

O’Hara led Stanford to the NCAA College Cup in back-to-back seasons. In 2009, she won the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top players.

Former Stanford star soccer player Kelley O’Hara has a pre-interview discussion with Pac-12 Enterprises vice president Kirk Reynolds. O’Hara was recently named to the U.S. Olympic Team for this summer’s London games. She also was on last summer’s team that went to the championship match of the World Cup.

O’Hara is asked a variety of questions about her time at Stanford and her experiences as an elite soccer player.


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