NCF Nation: Todd Doxey

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These links are trying to establish a running game.

  • Arizona wants to keep the number of people on the sideline manageable, which means some guys don't suit up. QB Willie Tuitama is searching for the perfect game. Toledo has some good receivers who should challenge the Wildcats CBs.
  • Arizona State is leaning on its freshman class, with nine in the playing rotation (out of a class of 20). Injured TB Keegan Herring (hamstring) and WR Michael Jones (Achilles) are improved, with Herring being the more questionable for the Stanford game.
  • California notes from Thursday's practice, with an injury update calling WR Michael Calvin and P Bryan Anger healthy and OT Mike Tepper not. Calvin should help the WRs, who mostly struggled against Michigan State.  Another step forward for building the California training facility.
  • Oregon faces a team with no hope, and it only cost $235,000 to lure the Utah State Aggies to their demise. CB Walter Thurmond III will wear the No. 29 jersey in tribute to former Ducks DB Todd Doxey, who drowned this summer. A look at potential QB combinations for both teams.
  • Rachel Bachman takes a look at Penn State legend -- and presently divisive figure -- Joe Paterno. With two starting Penn State D-linemen suspended, the Beavers O-line has a chance to shine.
  • Stanford's already struggling secondary is down a top reserve for its visit to Arizona State.
  • UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel wasn't thrilled with the effort in practice. And that's not good because there are injury holes to fill, including at running back. The freshmen are helping on defense. WR Nelson Rosario sprained his knee at practice Thursday.
  • USC's WRs have always been talented, but now they seem to be performing. True freshman OL Tyron Smith and redshirt freshman RB Broderick Green are trying to get into the mix. Speaking of Green, I wish I saw this hit on Rey Maualuga. Trojans are thinking about Buckeyes.
  • Washington -- and beleaguered coach Tyrone Willingham -- are looking for a turning point that doesn't turn sour. How much will the Huskies gain from week one to week two? Willingham talks about how the Huskies might attack BYU. Remembering 1984, when BYU won a "national championship" and a clearly superior Washington team didn't.
  • Washington State will play California without its best D-lineman, A'i Ahmu, for a half. Ahmu is suspended after missing a court date over minor in possession charges. Injuries are preventing OL continuity.

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Welcome to Pac-10 Media Eve. Wonder what we'll find under the CoachSpeak Tree?

  • It appears the Tree Sitters now must Stand and Walk Away -- California has won it's court case. Now, the question is: Will the appeals process further delay the building of the $140 million athletic training center? And are all these complications making coach Jeff Tedford's eyes wander?
  • The news at UCLA: The school confirms strong safety Bret Lockett's suspension for the season-opener against Tennessee and also announces that reserve tailback Christian Ramirez is academically ineligible.
  • Oregon begins the healing process after the drowning death of defensive back Todd Doxey. Bet some of these guys have never looked forward so much to two-a-days.
  • Quick update here on Oregon State QB Sean Canfield's shoulder. Sounds like there's some work ahead as he prepares to challenge Lyle Moevao and regain his starting job.
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Molly Yanity checks in with Jake Locker, who explained, among other things, why so few players were at the workout Yanity attended this week. Locker then turned the water Yanity was drinking into Gatorade... and when Yanity protested that she liked water better, he changed it back. True story.
  • Meanwhile, The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reports on a radio interview with Huskies offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who taught Locker that trick. Lappano talks about the Huskies lack of recruiting commitments and need to win now.
  • The new and improved Orange County Register USC blog has been ranking the Pete Carroll years. Which is No. 1? So many choices!
  • Meanwhile, over on the UCLA side of things: Bruins Nation is engaging in some local media criticism. More here.
  • Oregon is starting an official blog. And Andy McNamara sure gets a better graphic and photo deal than I did. My bosses, by the way, air-brushed my image to make me uglier and more football-writer-ish.
  • Do you dream of Pac-10 expansion? Dan Zeiger says you should stop
  • One fellow's take on the top 10 Heisman blunders of all-time, complete with who should have won.
  • John McCain believes in Arizona State (thanks to Pitchfork Nation).
  • The Wizard of Odds, Tom Kirkendall and Google Earth take us on a tour of Pac-10 stadiums.

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 I love the smell of links in the morning...

  • Former Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder, 68, is fighting cancer.
  • UCLA has issues on its offensive line, and it's already trying to address them, according to the LA Daily News. Redshirt freshman tight end Nate Chandler is moving from tight end to right tackle, where he could immediately compete to fill the void left by the injured Sean Sheller, who got hurt in an ATV accident this summer. Chandler will need to eat some biscuits in coming weeks -- he only tips the scales at 273 pounds. I'd suggest the country fried steak & eggs at Denny's.
  • Some more thoughts on the sad death of Oregon's Todd Doxey here and here. Here's information on a memorial fund.
  • Here's some sympathetic musing on how Washington's Tyrone Willingham faces a brutal schedule in a win-or-else season.
  • The LA Times USC blog has information on how you can fulfill all your USC fantasies and help a good cause at the same time.
  • There's a new guy on Stanford's broadcast team. Former Cardinal QB Todd Husak will join Dave Flemming in the radio booth.
  • The Oklahoman takes a look at an Oklahoma State opponent... Washington State and new coach Paul Wulff. It points out that Wulff is both a man and recently turned 41. Now why would that be of note?
  • Hey... the OFFICIAL Pac-10 web site is getting all previewy... today it's Arizona State. Tomorrow, perhaps, the world. This is for you, Arizona fans. Cal, my guess is you're next due to my knowledge of the alphabet.
  • Speaking of Arizona... Bleacher Report -- Citizen Sports Journalists -- has a Q&A with the Wildcats director of football operations Erick Harper.

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Please, read these responsibly...

  • More details of the tragic drowning death of Oregon redshirt freshman Todd Doxey.
  • Washington's Jake Locker is back to being just a dual-threat QB -- his baseball season is over.
  • Scott Wolf's informative, gossipy, edgy USC blog for the LA Daily News has been overtaken this summer by a "Song Girl" controversy. You can read his blog for details, but suffice it to say that the subject has taken on a life of its own, surpassing football as the hottest topic.
  • This columnist thinks college football's insane ride, which the Pac-10 fueled by sending three teams to No. 2 in the nation (and watching two of them go belly-up), is a sign of things to come and 2008 could be just as wild.
  • If you are a college football fan with an Internet connection -- particularly if you've got a West Coast lean -- you've surely regularly checked in on The Wizard of Odds. The Web site's publisher goes public today with his identity because he was among the layoffs at the LA Times. As you are probably aware, the newspaper business is struggling. I'm new media now, but I can't help but find that very sad.
  • Conference commissioners chat with the Orlando Sentinel about a potential playoff. Survey says: NAAAAAAAAA!
  • Even being a backup linebacker at USC has its privileges, including a four-year, $2 million contract.
  • Many questions remain for Pat Tillman's family, and they are unhappy about how they can't seem to get any answers.
  • Two of the nation's three female athletic directors in BCS conferences run Pac-10 departments -- Arizona State's Lisa Love and California's Sandy Barbour (the third is Maryland's Debbie Yow). Love and Yow did a Q&A with USA Today on their experiences. Got a feeling folks down in Tempe presently have plenty of love for Love after a mostly spectacular athletic year.
  • Here's another way to debate which conference is the best.
  • Warning: hoops note. DeMar DeRozan is De-Ready to play for the Trojans. USC officials have cleared him academically to join the team immediately. Interesting paragraph in the LA Times story:

The development also muted rumors DeRozan would follow former Compton Dominguez High standout Brandon Jennings to play professionally in Europe. Awaiting his own SAT result, Jennings opted last week to forgo a season at Arizona before his expected 2009 entry into the NBA draft.

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