Monday, September 27, 2010
Pac-10 college town
By Ted Miller
Inspired by the new social game "ESPNU College Town," here’s what I would select from around the Pac-10 to build the best program in the conference.
This one's easy. Stanford is the most academically prestigious institution in FBS.
Athletic director: Bob Bowlsby, Stanford
He hired Jim Harbaugh. Things are working out there. And the Cardinal still dominates the Director's Cup standings.
This is a tough one because the Pac-10 is a conference of great destinations. Seattle nips San Francisco because neither California nor Stanford are actually located in San Francisco.
Coach: Chip Kelly
In his first year, he led Oregon to the Pac-10 championship. In his second, the Ducks are national title contenders. Not bad. And his offense is innovative and entertaining.
Oregon's facilities are as good as any program in the nation.
The Huskies averaged 63,640 fans during an 0-12 season under a coach, Tyrone Willingham, who had no support. Huskies fans bleed purple.
Game day atmosphere: Oregon
Autzen Stadium is loud as any stadium in the country. At night, it's a complete frenzy. And, by the way, it's also an immaculate, well-designed venue.
USC's white horse with its Trojan warrior rider is one of college football's most identifiable symbols.
Stadium: Rose Bowl
UCLA's home stadium is a college football church. Best sunset in all of sports.
Strength program: Arizona
Mike Stoops brought Corey Edmond along with him when Stoops was hired away from Oklahoma. It was a smart move.