NCF Nation: Chris Chandler

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller 

Read and reflect...

  • Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News reports that USC's backup linebacker Chris Galippo needs back surgery (again), which will knock him out the first part of the season. Sure, the Trojans are deep at linebacker, but Galippo is a real talent who would have been in the regular playing rotation. Here's Wolf's follow-up.
  • Stewart Mandel thinks Arizona State under Dennis Erickson is the most likely candidate to provide an annual foil for USC. And, by the way, Mandel takes on sleepy Pac-10 fans who don't write him enough.
  • Fellow college football blogger Graham Watson thought this highly amusing. But for us on the West Coast, it just looks like Pete Carroll is looking to improve his ground game by going to sea. Some teams seek firepower. Only Carroll goes nuclear.
  • Not to get too USC here (someone already told me I was being "too Oregon"), but here's a nice story in the Honolulu Advertiser on USC's "other" linebacker, Kaluka Maiava. He's pretty clear about his expectations for the season:

"The past three years we should have been national champs. We've tasted it, but it's been a real slap in the face," Maiava said, referring to losses to Stanford and Oregon last year. "We can go all the way; nothing should stop us. The only team that can beat us is us."

  • Good news for Washington fans: center Juan Garcia told the Seattle Times that he's growing more confident that he will be able to play in 2008 after suffering a severe foot injury during spring practices. I wrote this story about Garcia this spring. He's a true college football success story, a guy who came from a tough background and made something of himself. He also is a nasty dude on the field, which I'm sure we all appreciate.
  • Speaking of the Huskies, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer colleague Jim Moore (the King Coug of Seattle) often does so with a biting wit. The Northwest's favorite gadfly caught up with former UW QB Chris Chandler, and Chandler had some interesting things to say about the direction of the program.
  • Ah, my pet cause: non-conference scheduling. Wizard of Odds breaks down the conferences, from the cowards to the brave (credit and kudos goes to the study's originator at The National Championship Issue.)

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