Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Pac Ten Alley

I didn't really want to mention it last weekend after UW beat Cal in the Montlake Cut, but what has happened to the womens Crew program at UW the last few years? The Huskies used to be clearly the best womens program in the country, but that has changed since Jan Harville retired four years ago.

The Seattle times had no problem bringing the subject up today as rumors swirl that their could be a change at the end of the season.

Evidence is mounting that it will take a strong end-of-the-season performance by Washington women's crews, particularly the varsity, to save the job of coach Eleanor McElvaine.

To be fair to McElvaine the landscape has changed in womens Crew, with scholarships has come competition from across the country, but at Washington winning isn't just expected, it is insisted on, varsity women's crews have won 11 national titles.

Brandon Mebane finally makes it home

The Bay Area used to be a hot bed of Husky recruiting, but that started to change at the turn of the century when Jeff Tedford led the resurgence at California. Brandon Mebane was one of those kids who would have traditionally chose UW and look mighty good in Purple, in fact Washington was his second choice. Now as a third round draft choice he finally will make it to the Seattle area as a Seahawk.

Pac Ten Alley

I am a little late this week since I have spent the last two days excavating and pouring the foundation of a couple of sundecks at out house with my uncle. It is a pretty big project, and we had 28 footings and a hot tub pad to excavate and pour.

I am going to be taking about a week off since we are haeaded to the Bahamas for a little vacation on Saturday. I will write when I can, and if the internet is convenient down there, but my first priority will be hanging out in the sun.

With that being said, let's take a walk down Pac Ten Alley to see what the neighbors down the coast are up to.

Exit interviews at USC.

In this latest installment of our Exit Interview series, WeAreSC sits down with walk-on defensive tackle Mike Davis to talk about his career both on and off the field at USC.

Cal get it's second verbal.

The Cal Bears received their second commitment of the young season this week, securing the services of their first Bay Area recruit from across the bay in San Mateo. Serra (San Mateo) High School linebacker J.P. Hurrell (5-11/195, 4.58 forty, 80 tackles, 4 sacks) gave the Bears word that he was heading to Berkeley in 2008.

OSU moves up to ninth in the baseball poll.

The Beavers are in the nine spot yet again, with Arizona State still right behind them. Arizona dropped a few spots, but other than that, no new teams have entered the Top 10.

Oregon contributes some players to the NFL.

Jordan Kent, Dante Rosario and Matt Toeaina were all chosen during the second day of the NFL Draft Sunday in New York City, with Rosario the first University of Oregon player to go off the board with the 18th pick in the fifth round by the Carolina Panthers.

Still musing about basketball at UCLA.

I am really happy to see Baron and Matt doing so well in the NBA. I think everyone kind of expected Baron to have a great career in the NBA. Matt on the other hand snuck up on lot of folks who are not closely alligned with UCLA. To me Matt's emergence as NBA star has been nothing short of awesome. I always liked this kid's game in Westwood. Despite being saddled with a joke of a basketball "coach," he kept chipping away. He kept working away and developed his game year by year. And now he has found himself the perfect fit. One can only imagine what this kid would have done at UCLA if he had the opportunity to play for a coach like Howland.

Cougars headed to prime time.

Brink gets one more chance at USC, and it'll be the prime-time ABC game. That will be, uh, interesting. USC gets major ABC night-game love this year, with 5 games. Glad to see the Beavs-Trojans will be one of them. I'm big on the Beavers' chances next year, as in 2nd-place in the Pac-10 big, so that could be a good one.

Softball is very big at Arizona.

I saw Canyon Del Oro softball player Kenzie Fowler pitch yesterday in a win over Sabino in the regional championships. Kenzie is only a sophomore and can only have a verbal commitment to a team. But she looks like she could grow up to be solid part of a future UA team.

Stanford finds a quarterback.

Before we get to the first spring of the Jim Harbaugh era, let’s quickly address the first real roster news of the Harbaugh era. For those who haven’t heard: Stanford might have found its quarterback of the future.

Keeping ASU's Chad Green in our prayers.

I would like to thank Chad's ASU coaches, teammates, fans and friends for all of their support during this difficult time. That support has meant a lot to our family. Chad's condition has stabilized enough for us to transport him to a step-down facility in California near our home. Chad continues to gradually improve and with your support we are all hopeful for continued improvement in his condition. We urge people who want to send something to Chad to continue to forward it to the Sun Devil Football Office. That correspondence means a lot to the Green family. Thank you."

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