Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Around the Pac Ten Blogs

We only have 5-6 spots to fill in football recruiting, and I will have some analysis on that before the weekend. Some pretty interesting stuff going on every day so tune into Dawgman for the latest in recruiting news.

The Pac Ten is probably the best conference basketball wise in the country this year so we will be paying special basketball all the way to the Final Four in March. This past weekend was pretty exciting and Washington needs to really step it up on this upcoming road trip to the Bay Area.

It's time to take a stroll down Pac Ten Alley as we start the New Year, and switch gears to basketball.

At USC they are celebrating a win over Michigan, trying to keep their head coach, and realizing just how close they were to winning the last two national championships.

"Though coach Pete Carroll says he's committed to staying at Southern California, he seems intrigued by the ideas of Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga.Carroll said Tuesday that he had a compelling, four-hour meeting with Huizenga in Costa Rica over the weekend"

At UCLA they are getting over there first loss of the year in basketball to the Oregon Duck's.

Also Frank Burlison has a good column in the Daily News today, which goes over some of the errors that cost the Bruins last Saturday's game. Although I somewhat disagree in the generalization that Bruins didn't defend Oregon well. As I mentioned before I think Bruins defense was fine, especially in the second half. We have to give Oregon credit for being on fire and being a step faster in first half.

At Arizona they talk about the need for a playoff in football.

You hear it all the time, “I oppose a playoff because our kids will miss too much time in class.” In the 51 days Ohio St. had off, fall semester ended, winter break began, winter break ended and school started again. Both Ohio St. and Florida RE-STARTED school BEFORE the national championship game!

Arizona St is losing Zach Miller early to the NFL.

Todd Heap never played for Dirk Koetter. Now Dennis Erickson will start his Arizona State coaching career without Zach Miller.Six years almost to the day that All-America tight end Heap announced he was leaving ASU early for the NFL, Miller did the same. Both announcements coincided with coaching changes, although Miller said he would have been glad to play for new tight ends coach Dan Cozzetto, whose daughter is a former soccer teammate of Miller's sister at Desert Vista High.

In Oregon they celebrate knocking off #1.

This game had it all for the Ducks. Fantastic offensive plays followed by tenacious defense and the game wasn't as close as the final score would indicate.

At Oregon St they celebrate the arrival of CJ Giles and a victory in the Sun Bowl.

Said Giles: "The main thing I want to do here at Oregon State is graduate, and the second thing I want to do is help change the program and get it winning like the old days. When I visited OSU, from the players to coaches to the students, it felt like home. They greeted me with open arms. I'm very thankful for this opportunity. I was young and immature at Kansas. Now I'm here and I'm going to grow up. People grow from their mistakes. I have learned to look at the big picture and I'm going to do all the little things to succeed. The things that got me into trouble in Lawrence, I've learned from that and I know what I need to change."

At California they are savoring the Holiday Bowl win and laughing at Al Davis.

Cal scored on seven of 10 possessions en route to an easy 45-10 win. The Aggies forced a punt and had one interception off Nate Longshore, but Cal's other seven possessions were automatic scores. The stats aren't pretty, either. Cal ran 56 plays on offense and picked up 476 total yards, good for 8.5 yards per play. Longshore completed just under 80% of his 24 attempts. Marshawn Lynch ran for 111 yards, and his backup, Justin Forsett, even ran for 124 yards.

Stanford gets a big win over Virginia

Leave it to the Stanford men's basketball team to spoil things for Virginia.
The Cardinal ousted the Cavaliers from the National Invitation Tournament in March, routing them in an opening-round game at Maples Pavilion. On Sunday, some 2,900 miles from home, Stanford handed Virginia its first loss at the new John Paul Jones Arena, 76-75. And this one came on a last-second shot in a tense, back-and-forth contest.

In football they are keeping a couple of key players.

New Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh got the most important commitments of his first recruiting season: receivers Evan Moore and Mark Bradford have agreed to return in ‘07, the school announced Wednesday.

The Cougars at Washington St are excited about a big win over Arizona and a pretty clear path already paved to the big dance.

And, a funny thing happened to #7 Arizona on the way to their 3-0 start in Pac-10 play. Yes, WSU won this one, and whaddaya know, the Cougs are 14-2?? Amazing, amazing OT win for them, as this season is really starting to set up as something to remember.

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