Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Puppy Chow

Football Recruiting

Head over to Dawgman there is an announcement that Washington has signed an unexpected blue chipper tonight. There should be lots of action this week so if you don't subscribe you should really consider it.

Husky BB notes

Husky PG Justin Dentmon is fine after suffering cramps late in the second half of last nights game with Southern Utah.

The plan was for a new videoboard capable of showing replays to be in place for the LSU game on Dec. 20. Also, a new message board will be put in place underneath the current scoreboard sometime this month. That board will be used primarily to display messages and sponsor-related items.

Guard Harvey Perry, who decided over the weekend to transfer to another school in search of more playing time, attended the game and sat on the Husky bench wearing the team's regulation black warmups. Before the game, he shagged rebounds for his former teammates. "It's like a divorce where the husband and wife get along real well,'' Romar said. "He made a decision but we told our team we are not disowning Harvey and he is not disowning us. He is still a part of our family, if not our immediate family."

Bob Condotta is doing a predictably excellent job with his basketball blog, it is a must read every day like his football blog is.

Successful coaches staying home

Word on the street say West Virginia's Rodriguez is still talking with Alabama as they continue to open up the checkbook to what could be a record contract.

Sources told ESPN.com's Joe Schad that Alabama officials were meeting with Rodriguez. The Birmingham News reported Tuesday that Alabama officials would meet Rodriguez at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The paper reported its sources said a job offer is unlikely on Tuesday

My opinion is that Rodriguez would be crazy to leave the Big East where he has all the tools to be in the Top Ten every year.

Greg Schiano won't be leaving Rutgers for Miami which is a minore surprise when you compare the football histories of the two schools.

Amid talk he might return to Miami to take over the troubled program, Schiano told Hurricanes athletic director Paul Dee on Monday to take his name off a list of coaching candidates.

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe sounds like he's staying put. For the second consecutive week, Grobe made it known that he has no interest in other jobs. It's been speculated that Grobe could be a candidate for several openings, including the one at Alabama.

"I'm a Wake Forest guy," he said Tuesday

Erickson talking to Arizona State

Dennis Erickson has never met a stepping stone he didn't like. After having a succesful first season with a moribund Idaho program he is thinking about jumping ship and heading to Arizona State. Not a bad deal since their is plenty of talent in the desert that needs to be molded by an artisan like Erickson. Question is will Lappano, or Yarber be tempted to join Erickson in Tempe if he is hired? This rumor is coming from Canzano at the Oregonian.

"If we're being authentic here, the combination of ASU and Erickson would be frightening for the rest of the Pacific-10 Conference. One slumping, but potentially cool, college football program with unbelievable upside hooks up with two-time national champion coach? Yeah. So maybe the Mikes -- Bellotti and Riley -- should catch a shuttle to Moscow to light a candle themselves."

Boise State vs Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl

This is a very big deal for the state of Idaho because it represents the first big bowl invitiation in the history of a state that has been playing football since the beginning of the century, and I was talking 20th century. I didn't think the Bronco's could rise high enough in the standings to get an invitation, but Oregon State finishing strong really helped them out. Getting to play the Sooner's, and beating the Sooner's are two different things, and we finally get to see if one of those mid major undefeated's really deserve to be invited to the big dance. For Boise it could be a springboard to bigger, and better things like it has for Gonzaga in basketball. I wouldn't be surprised to see 60,000 seats in Boise before there is a remodel of Husky Stadium. This is a big game for the WAC, Boise, and Idaho. The much more established Mountain West, and CUSA still have not put a team in the BCS.

All Chris Peterson has done in his first year is take Boise State to its first BCS game. As usual, offense is the key to the Broncos. QB Jared Zabransky just makes plays. The senior has 20 TD passes in 2006. RB Ian Johnson has the jets to hit the home run and brings outstanding balance to the offense. Left tackle Ryan Clady anchors a good offensive line.

Conflict of Interest

Just another reason coaches should be taken out of the BCS equation.

If this were a court of law, Tressel recusing himself from voting in the coaches poll on Sunday would be admirable. But the BCS isn't a murder trial. All Tressel was asked to do--what he had promised to do--was submit a ballot in the final poll. You know by now that Tressel abstained from voting in the final poll that is used in the BCS standings, calling it a "conflict of interest. I didn't think it was appropriate for us to put a ballot out for who we would play," Tressel said. "I didn't think it was the right thing to do."

Callahan apologizes to Nebraska fans

"I was disappointed in everything I did," Callahan told reporters on a conference call. "I could have done a better job. I just didn't do enough. As I go through the week, I'm taking inventory of where we've got to get better, what changes we have to make. If we have to change some things, I'm going to change them. I'm looking at it really hard."


Nate Kennedy said...

Utah was in the BCS in 2004. So the Mountain West has put a team in the BCS. Also, I believe a better question is this. If Boise St and BYU had played this year...... Who would have won?

Health Insurance Expert said...

You are right, and I overlooked in the excitement of Boise State. Good question? I would have to go with Boise St, but it would have been tight. Since Edwards retired the BYU program has been down, but they seem to be on the rebound talent wise again.