Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pac Ten Alley

Calvin Schmidtke from Lakes in Tacoma found a new home when Indiana State offered him a scholarship. The new Indiana State coach is former UW assistant Trent Miles. Calvin was seemingly headed to a California JC until he received the late offer by ISU.

Indiana State head football coachh Trent Miles announced this afternoon (June 24) the addition of 6’0", 195 freshman quarterback Calvin Schmidtke (Tacoma, Wash./Lakes HS) to the football roster. Schmidtke has signed a scholarship offer with the Sycamore football program and will be eligible to begin play this fall.

Indiana State plays in the Missouri Valley Conference which is the equivalent of the Big Sky, and is probabably a better place for Cal than WSU. You can't get better if you don't play, and Cal may never have seen the light of day at WSU.

Calvin Schmidtke is a great addition to our football team as far as having someone that can add to the competition for the quarterback position this fall," Miles commented. "There is no doubt that he enjoyed a tremendous high school career, and we are pleased that he is going to join the Sycamore football family to begin his college career at Indiana State."

Pac Ten Alley

Micheal Wines of the Duck blog interviews Mr. Duck.

I had the chance to get a rare phone interview with the reclusive Mr. Duck this morning. He was kind enough to email his picture, and while he wouldn't disclose his location, my guess is it's somewhere "tropical."

Jon Wilner on the NBA Draft

Here’s my updated Pac-10 projections based on which players opted to stay in the draft and which are returning to school.I was certainly suprised by Chase Budinger’s decision to return to Arizona. The guess here is that he made a big, big mistake.

USA Today takes a look at the Arizona Wildcats.

Arizona's chances of breaking a 10-year bowl drought could depend on the deep ball.
The Wildcats, coming off a 5-7 season, are clearly looking to spread the field with more deep throws than ever. In the team's second year in the spread offense, Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama is out to bring the deep threat more into the equation.

USA Today takes a look at the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Arizona State is not sticking with the status quo — not hardly. The Sun Devils will have a drastically different look for the 2008 season despite finishing 10-3 last year and tying for first in the Pac-10 standings. Why change what obviously worked? Simple. Arizona State is trying to be even better, and one way is to spread the field out more offensively and start sending the proverbial kitchen sink at opponents while on defense.

Steve Gladstone is moving on from Cal looking for a new challenge.

Winning follows Steve Gladstone, so when he returned to Cal in 1997 for his second coaching stint in Berkeley, success inevitably also returned to the men's crew. Now, 11 years and five IRA championships later, Gladstone is once again leaving the program. Never known to stay at one place for more than a decade, Gladstone announced last Friday that he is stepping down from his duties at Cal to pursue a post at the California Rowing Club. There, Gladstone will work with California Rowing Club director Tim McClaren and train postgraduate rowers aiming for the World Championships and Olympic competition. "I need to reboot myself periodically," Gladstone said. "The way I've done that in the past is by changing universities. What really intrigues me is the building process. To find something and leave it in better shape than I found it."

The OSU blog keeps an eye on the CWS.

As much as I want Fresno State to come from behind and win the series, I wouldn't be upset if Georgia won the championship. After all, we did beat Georgia in a series this year. And a pre-season matchup between Georgia and the Beavers, a matchup of National Champions, has a nice ring to it.

USC is looking to get production at FB.

Stanley Havili isn’t going to lead the Trojans in rushing yards this season. He won’t have the most receptions or passing yards either. But for a team looking to replace last season’s leaders in all three of those categories, Havili will be invaluable.

UCLA is looking at renovations for their baseball stadium, Washington on the other hand is looking for a baseball stadium.

The lack of progress for major renovations to Jackie Robinson Stadium has reached new heights as the Morgan Center still refuses to commit serious money to a renovation. While I have sent e-mails to DG before regarding a Jackie Robinson Stadium renovation, this is by far the most detailed I have ever been.

The WSU blog details Paul Wulff's response to the Seattle Times article.

After the Sunday story in the Times, Paul Wulff came on KJR with Ian Furness and talked about the aftermath. Wulff did his best to explain the different issues he had with the story. Give it a listen. I thought he came out of it fine in how he continually stated that they are moving on and the positive changes are in place and already working. I also like how he stated at the end that this isn't just a WSU, UW, Oregon or Oregon State issue. It's about all college kids making mistakes at all programs, and the things that they can do to help correct the issues. It will take some time to "flip this program" but it will happen if Wulff gets the chance.

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