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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]

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.

Roaming With The Pac: August 5

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

Ted Miller visited Arizona State’s practice and had some notes for us.  Looks like the depth issue at WR may not be as dire as first thought. [Ted Miller’s Blog]

In his usual quick-hitting format, Scott Wolf tells us USC OL Daniel Campbell will not be attending USC, but rather he is enrolled at Hargreaves Military Academy in Virginia. [Scott Wolf]

Lots of good notes from the Husky’s first practice today from Bob Condotta.  Noteably, Jake Locker looked more accurate, the coaches were fired up, and suspended LB E.J. Savannah was watching practice.  Eat this coverage up Husky fans because starting tomorrow the media only gets to watch the firts 25 minutes of practice. [Bob Condotta]

Roaming With The Pac: August 4

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

The UW Football Blog will be joining the Sports Blog Nation, and they offer us up their picks for the Pac-10. Congratulations on the move. [UW Football Blog]

Husky freshmen are preparing for their first day of college practice this morning, including highly-touted WR Chris Polk. [Bob Condotta]

It’s Bowl-or-Bust for Mike Stoops in Arizona, according to the University President. [Arizona Star]

Autzen Stadium has been renamed into……The House of Loud???  Good luck with that one Duck Fans. [Rob Moseley]

A training camp preview of the Stanford Cardinal. [Jon Wilner]

Oregon State expected starter Sean Canfield is building up his arm strength after surgery on his shoulder. [Cliff Kirkpatrick]

Roaming With The Pac: July 26 – Saturday Edition

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

This is a few days old, but former Puyallup High School and University of Washington QB Brock Huard will be working Pac-10 games for ABC/ESPN this season.  [Bob Condotta]

Third and final piece to a series by Molly Yanity following the UW football program.  This article focuses on the road to a scholarship. [Seattle PI]

Former Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart signed a 5-year deal with Carolina. [ESPN]

Mike Stoops gets wise, decided to throw the ball. [AZ Star]

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]

Most Obnoxious Fans: Notre Dame

Yes, this is a Pac-10 blog and, yes, we know Notre Dame doesn’t play in the Pac-10.  But since they do play three Pac-10 opponents this season, Washington, USC, and Stanford; we needed to chime in on the Notre Dame faithful after reading some of their blogs.

First lets look at the facts: ND finished 3-9 last year.  ND has lost 9 consecutive bowl games, a NCAA record for most consecutive loses.  ND gave their coach a 10-year deal when he coached a team full of Ty Willingham’s players to BCS bowl games. 

Now, with a new wave of optimism for 2008, ND bloggers are ripping a Husky blogger for picking UW to beat the Irish.  (Note: We understand that bloggers do not win football games.)  The fact that ND fans can be so brash because they are Notre Dame really gets the blood boiling.  When you become a National Title Contender again, then feel free to mock someone who picks a 4-9 team to beat yours.  

The real problem Irish fans have: UW’s coach.  They hate Tyrone Willingham, they always have.  This game is more about proving they were right in firing him than anything else.  If Keith Gilbertson was still the coach of UW there is no way this is such a big deal.  Do we expect the Huskies to win on October 25, truthfully no.  We see Notre Dame winning, but we definitely don’t think it’s a strech for Washington to pull out the win.

The irony of this whole thing is that most of the time UW fans are the ones berating people because they are the University of Washington.  In this case, turn-about is not fair play.

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]

2000 Washington Husky Football Team Responds

First off, if you haven’t read The Seattle Times investigative journalism series Victory and Ruins from January 2008 you need to.  Not only because this post will make no sense if you don’t but also because it’s a great example of good investigative journalism.

Here’s a brief synopsis:  The 2000 UW football team that went 11-1 and won the Rose Bowl included some players who were not the best citizens.  They raped, shot, and assaulted people without any repercussions from the university or the state.

UW fan Derek Johnson Brooks has a blog and he got the reactions of some of the members of that team as well as other people associated with it.  As expected the reactions were very negative about the Times series especially the article focusing on Curtis Williams, who has since passed away.  The question we have:  Does anybody deny what happened?

The majority of that team was good people and like they say, a few bad apples spoil the bunch.  The players that were written about committed crimes that they should have been prosecuted for, there’s no question about that.  Where there is a question:  Is it relavant to run a series about something that happened eight years ago?

We say that it is.  Just because an amount of time has passed doesn’t mean that the incidents didn’t happen.  Clearly, most of the information used in these articles was not available in 2000 or it would have already been reported.  The fact that it wasn’t is what makes this series newsworthy.  Did you know Curtis Williams choked and beat his wife?  We didn’t.  We knew Curtis Williams as the player who tragically was paralyzed against Stanford.  Finding out this information, while we weren’t actively looking for it, helps to paint a better picture of who Curtis Williams, Jerramy Stevens, Jeremiah Pharms, and Anthony Kelley really are.    

As a member of any team or organization you never want to admit your shortfalls.  We would expect the people that were part of the 2000 Husky team to defend their teammates, especially the late Curtis Williams.  But, everyone has to remember that while the Times reported it, the players are the ones you made the news.