Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pac Ten Alley

Lets take a walk down the coast to see what the neighbors are up to.

I wonder if Oregon's Kevin Garrett will miss the opener. Kevin was suspended indefinitely from the team last week.

Coach Mike Bellotti announced yesterday that linebacker, Kevin Garrett, is suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. No details were forthcoming about what rules were broken.

Notes from media day in the Bay Area.

Coaches and players from the three local schools joined a few dozen members of the Bay Area press corps Monday in San Francisco for the annual media day.

Jim Harbaugh wants to get the QB decision out of the way early.

Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters he wants to know who his QB will be in "seven, eight, nine days." Tavita Pritchard and Alex Loukas are the leaders with Jason Forcier still in the mix.

The Arizona Wildcats are in good shape heading to camp.

The University of Arizona football team is reporting with a relatively clean bill of health.
While many of the other Pac-10 schools suffered key injury to a prominent starter during the 2007 season, the Wildcats escaped serious injuries, something they obviously would like to see repeated when the season starts Aug. 30 against Idaho.

Cal picks up a late JC addition to play tackle.

After orally committing in late June to attend UCLA, former Pinole Valley High School and Diablo Valley College offensive lineman Donovan Edwards has de-committed and instead accepted a scholarship offer to play at Cal for the upcoming season.

The Oregon State Blog is reviewing upcoming opponents.

Last season, Jim Harbaugh took over a struggling Stanford team that hadn't experienced a winning season since 2001 when Current UW coach Ty Williangham was the man in charge. Things hit rock bottom in 2006 when the Cardinal went 1-11, beating only the Huskies.

OSU coach Mike Riley thinks the offensive line will be his biggest challenge this fall.

"The (offensive line) is probably one of the biggest issues on our football team,'' said the coach, who is less concerned about losing his entire front seven on defense because of the likes of Victor Butler and Slade Norris - defensive bookends who combined for 19 1/2 sacks last season.

Some USC Trojan news with a Seattle slant.

Former USC defensive end and Seahawks first round pick Lawrence Jackson showed up to training camp on time, suited up and smile on. That's because Jackson just signed an $11.25 million, 5-year contract with a cool $6.2 mil signing bonus included. That's guaranteed money in the bank.

Pitchfork Nation isn't showing the Huskies much respect in picking them ninth in the conference. they even figure we will be 0-10 headed into the Apple Cup.

9) Washington Huskies. No team with a player as dynamic as Jake Locker will finish last in any conference. The problem is the rest of the team. No effective running back, their top returning receiver chalked up only 136 yards last year and the only defensive player worth a damn has a completely unpronounceable last name (Daniel Te'o-Neisheim). There's a significant chance they'll be 0-10 going into the Apple Cup with Oklahoma, BYU and Notre Dame on the NC docket and trips to Oregon and USC mixed in.

Bruin Nation comments on Ted Miller's blog report talking about the Bruins non conference schedule.

My guess is most folks assume Tennessee will beat UCLA. My guess is Bruins fans would utter a "drat" and move on. I don't think they'd react the same to losses to Fresno State or BYU. They'd immediately register their first pang of doubt over Rick Neuheisel. It might be the lightest of flickers, but it would appear.

My pals over at the WSU blog dream are desperately seeking Ted Miller.

You know, when we first started this blog (my uncle Sedihawk and me) we did so for two REALLY important reasons. The first really important reason? Sedihawk thought that a blog would be the perfect platform for writing about the Cougs all day without having the correspondence be traceable over our respective company e-mails. And he was right!!!! But the second reason was mutually understood, yet at times painfully unspoken: BOTH Sedihawk and I desperately wanted to be Ted Miller.

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