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No More Penalty Talk: Time To Play Football

The talk of the nation this week has been the over-celebration penalty that was called on Washington QB Jake Locker.  We never gave our thoughts, so after everyone has, we will.  Bad Rule. Correct Call.  According to the rules, you can’t throw the ball high in the air.  The ball Locker threw was in the air for 2.36 seconds.  That qualifies as high.  Should that rule be in the book?  No.  But it is and the official made the correct call.  Besides, UW has to make the PAT, no matter how far it is.  If you are truly a team trying to turn it around, you make that kick.

The Washington State game against Baylor has been moved to tomorrow night at 5:30.  We were mildly excited because we were looking forward to relaxing after work and watching the game.  Then it hit us, the game now won’t be on TV.  Understandably, this is what’s best for the people of the Texas coast but, selfishly, we wish we could watch it.

We’ll find out this week if UCLA is the real deal.  BYU sneanked out of Seattle with a win so they should be on high alert this week.  The game is in Provo so it is going to be very important that the good Kevin Craft shows up for the Bruins.

USC-Ohio State is the game of the weekend.  Everyone is focusing on Beanie Wells’ injured foot but we’re more interested in seeing how Mark Sanchez plays.  OSU returns most of their defense, a defense that is considerably better that Virginia’s.  Sanchez is going to need to play well, it doesn’t matter how many 5-star RBs the Trojans have.

Stanford has another tough game this week visiting TCU.  The Horn Frogs are another one of those teams that it seems every year are looking to burst the BCS bubble.  This game time has also been changed to an earlier start time on Saturday to avoid the hurricane.  Stanford showed last week that they still have many holes to fill.

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Roaming With The Pac: September 1, Fall Is Here!!!

A look at what the newspapers are saying a day after they’ve had time to digest Saturday’s action.

Beat a team 70-0, so what.  That’s no reason to relax, especially with the mighty Rockets from Toledo coming to town Saturday. Coaches don’t let Wildcats relax [Tucson Citizen]

Sun Devil freshman had an opportunity to play against Northern Arizona, exposing them to their first college football action.  Coach Dennis Erickson was more focused on getting them some experience than the results on the field.  ASU’s late dip vs. NAU doesn’t worry Erickson [East Valley Tribune]

California Head Coach Jeff Tedford chose Kevin Riley as his QB right out of fall camp.  After Saturday’s win over Michigan State, the gap between Riley and last year’s starter Nate Longshore seems even greater.  Riley was telling the Cal students to stop booing Longshore after he threw his second pick of the day in his new, limited role. Cal’s Tedford gets QB decision right…twice [Contra Costa Times]

Oregon QB Justin Roper is feeling better after suffering a concussion on Saturday.  Also, starting LT Fenuki Tupou will be back this week after being suspended for accepting a lunch and $100 from an agent.  Tupou has since donated $110 to charity. Ducks’ stock ticks up [The Register-Guard]

USC is preparing for its’ showdown with Ohio State in two weeks like RB Beanie Wells will be playing for the Buckeyes.  Coach Pete Carroll cites his own QB’s recovery for injury as a reason to believe Wells will be in uniform and on the field September 13. Trojans Coach Pete Carroll anticipates quick recovery for Beanie Wells [LA Times]

Tyrone Willingham keeps all his practices closed expect the first 25 minutes.  It looked like Oregon had been practicing with the Huskies all season, maybe even had a copy of their playbook.  With BYU coming to town this week, UW doesn’t have a lot of time to get this fixed. Washington’s game plan was an open book to Oregon [Seattle Times]

After watching film of the Oklahoma State game, Coach Paul Wulff still sees a team that made too many mistakes.  Wulff was impressed with the offense in the 3rd quarter, stresses the fact that it should run that smooth all game long. Looking back at Saturday’s game [Spokesman-Review]

Running With The Pac: August 22, Freshman Gonna Have An Impact

 ***Isn’t it nice when 18-year old kids are going to play a prominent role with your football team.  That’s an advantage if your a high school coach, a very scary proposition if your a college coach.***

Berekly, CA – California head coach Jeff Tedford named his starter, Kevin Riley will start against Michigan State.  This means that Nate Longshore will be watching from the sideline, at least for the first few games barring injury.

Eugene, OR – Rob Moseley gives us his season predictions for the Ducks.  Rob approached his predictions a little differently, rather than just predicting each game he assigned a value to each game that represented how many times he believes Oregon would win if the teams played 10 times.

Pullman, WA – Washington State receiver Brandon Gibson looks to break all of WSU’s receiving records this season.  Individual records are great, but Gibson prefers winning games.  The Cougs have a chance to surprise some people this season.

Los Angeles, CA – UCLA is preparing for their Labor Day battle with Tennessee by outlining which freshman will play. If your math is correct, 9 true freshman will not redshirt and help the Bruins this season.

Tempe, AZ – Freshman are making an impact with ASU as well, WR Gerell Robinson is catching on and understanding the more complex offense better.  A better name for the “bubble”, how about the Sun Devil Sauna???? No. We don’t think so either.

Roaming With The Pac: August 11, Who’s Gonna Play QB?

*Back, fresh, and ready to roll, Pac-10 style.

Pullman, WA – New head coach Paul Wulff gave the Cougars a grade of C+ for their first week of efforts.  While the players may not be picking up the new playbook as fast as the coaches would like, they are definitely getting the hitting part down pat.  A little fire after the play is over, showing that a 10th-place prediction doesn’t mean much in the land of wheat.

Seattle, WA – The University of Washington may soon hire a new Athletic Director.  All we can say is, it’s about damn time.  Having been without a permanent hire since January, the Huskies need to find some stability in their athletic programs.  They currently have a head football coach who knows less about his starting QB’s injury than the kid’s father. Or at least Scott Locker is willing to share the information with the media, while the tight-lipped Willingham prefers to play dumb.  Also, moving over to the Sports Blogging Network in the next week or two is the UW Football Blog.

Corvallis, OR – Oregon State QB Lyle Moevao hooked up with WR Sammie Stroughter for a 70 yd. score in the Beavers scrimmage on Saturday.  With Sean Canfield sitting out, it’s looking more and more like Moevao will be the starter for the opener against Stanford.  Over at Building The Dam, they too, belive that Moevao is looking like a real Pac-10 Quarterback.

Eugene, OR – Big love for Oregon DB (what position does he really play? Safety? Rover? We don’t know, but want to.) Patrick Chung who Sporting News says might be the best defensive player in the country! It seems everybody in the conference is having QB problems, but Oregon’s QBs looked decent in their scrimmage Saturday.  It’s only 19 more days until the hated Huskies arrive in Eugene.

Los Angeles, CAHuge turnout for USC’s practice last night. 1,000 people came to watch the QB battle because Mark Sanchez went and hurt his knee.  USC is also having some trouble getting all their recruits into school because of that damn NCAA Clearing House.

Los Angeles, CA – With UCLA starter Ben Olson getting hurt and subsequently being out eight weeks, the QB race is suddenly wide open again.  The coaches want to have a starter in place in exactly two weeks, so we’ll see who decides to take the reigns. 

Tuscon, AZ – No problems at QB for Arizona, where backup Matt Scott is getting all the work with the #2 offense. While they may be set at QB, their starting RB got ejected from practice for taking a swing at a teammate.  There’s good violence after the whistle, then there’s this.

Tempe, AZ – The nomadic Ryan McFoy may have finally found his place on the field, as a linebacker.  It has to be tough getting moved around like that, although forgetting your thigh pads will get you noticed.

Berekley, CA – After a week of practice and three days in pads, injuries at California are starting to add up.  It’s good to hear that RB Jahvid Best is finally returning to full health, something that Cal will need if it wants to finish near the top of the conference.

Palo Alto, CA – With a new defensive coordinator, the Cardinal defense returns 11 players who made starts last season and hope to improve on last year’s ninth-worst Pac-10 defense.  In recruiting news, Stanford has offered a scholarship to Joe Montana’s son.  Nick Montana is currently a junior who is competing for the starting QB job at Oaks Christian High.

Video Time: Washington State

Thought we would share some of the great videos we found out there on the old internet.  First, up this awesome video from the 2001 Cougar football team.  First saw this video on the WSU Football Blog.

The opening introduction by Keith Jackson is classic.  If you’ve never been to Pullman, then you don’t know how really out there it is.  This was a Cougar team that beat USC in OT on a field goal and was coached by Mike Price.  Enjoy the video, and Cougar fans, relive those memories with a smile on your faces.

Paul Wulff: Solid, Inspiring

New Washington State football coach Paul Wulff has been through a lot.  His mother disappeared when he was 12, most likely because his dad kidnapped and murdered her, then he held his wife when she died from brain cancer at 38.  These events has been chronicled before, but Bud Withers really does a beautiful job putting you in Wulff’s shoes.

Is there a guy you want to root for more in the Pac-10?  From starting out as an unpaid assistant at Eastern Washington to now coaching his Alma Mater, Wulff truly has succeeded in life.  Let’s just say this, if those events happened in our life, getting out of bed would be an accomplishment. 

As the late Randy Pausch taught us, the brick walls in life are there to keep out the people who really don’t want it.  Any brick walls setup in front of Paul Wulff have been blown up, just like USC linebacker Junior Seau in the article.

We were at the Cougar basketball game this December at KeyArena in Seattle with Wulff was introduced to the crowd at halftime, just a few days after being hired as coach.  He received a standing ovation, a much deserved standing ovation, yet he hadn’t coached a game.  If anybody is more qualified to change the attitude and culture of Cougar football please point him out.

Congratulations to Paul Wulff for not giving up and achieving his dream.  Now let’s win some football games. 

Wulff completes a long road home [Seattle Times]

Roaming With The Pac: July 29

*A daily look at what’s happening in the world of college football, west coast-style.

Sorry about the lack of posting.  It’s a hell of a week for us. 

Wizards of Odds spoke to the blog Ducks Attack. [Ducks Attack]

People are not impressed with the Arizona State schedule poster. [Pitchfork Nation]

What kind of offense does WSU run? [WSU Football Blog]

Interesting quote from Tennessee head coach Phil Fullmer on the front page of Bruin Nation. [Bruin Nation]

Ted Miller tackles the Pac-10 non-conference schedule. [Ted Miller’s Blog]

Pac-10 Media Day: News & Notes

Here some links from the Pac-10’s 2008 media day.  It’s the 2008 version, just so you don’t think these are from 2007 or something.

Former UW coach Rick Neuheisel’s comments about his old university. [Bob Condotta]

Stanford coach Jim Harbough talks about USC and………, nothing. [Adam Rose]

A nice recap of Washington State’s day. [Vince Grippi]

An Oregon State view of the events. [Cliff Kirkpatrick]

Overachiever Ted Miller has a blog post after every coach spoke. Damn him and his great work. [Ted Miller’s Blog]

Roaming With The Pac: July 24

*A daily look at what’s happening in the world of college football, west coast-style.

Wizards of Odds takes you on a virtual tour of the Pac-10 stadiums. [Wizard of Odds]

WSU DB Markus Dawes is ready to roll this season.  He sat out last year with a tear in his shoulder.[Bradenton Herald]

Washington gets its first recruit. [Bod Condotta’s Blog]   It’s about damn time.

Q&A with USC OC Steve Sarkisian [Ted Miller’s Blog]

Oregon Duck Recruiting Update. [Addicted To Quack]

Roaming With The Pac: July 23

 *A daily look at what’s happening in the world of college football, west coast-style.

USC loses an assistant coach just two weeks before training camp. [Scott Wolf’s USC Blog]

Star WSU receiver Brandon Gibson sounds generally excited to be back on the Palouse for another season.  The article contains good news for Cougar fans, Gibson likes QB Gary Rogers.  [Ted Miller’s Pac-10 Blog]

Wanna win $125?  All you have to do is place a $1bet on Arizona to win the National Championship. [Tuscon Citizen]

Not sure if you’ve seen this: EDSBS found Pete Carroll’s Facebook page. [Everyday Should Be Saturday]

We can’t ever seem to find anything on Stanford football.  Is this because its been so horribly bad the last few years?  If anyone knows of a great link please send it our way.