NCF Nation: Tree Sitters
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Not to be too serious, but take a moment and remember what day it is.
- Arizona surely is sorry to hear the New Mexico QB is struggling.
- Arizona State's tight ends are playing OK, which is a bit of a surprise after significant attrition at the position. Here's a boost for the offensive line. Turns out the "Bring on Georgia" promotion wasn't a conspiracy from Atlanta. My wife loves Chick-fil-A, so consider this an apology.
- Maryland may not look good on film, but this is a long road trip for California. Let's hear it for the fullback, who brings out the Best in the Bears running game. For those interested in a review of how the Tree Sitters started sitting, here's a good read.
- Nice story on Oregon's "other" defensive end, Will Tukuafu, becoming the Ducks' emotional leader.
- What's wrong with the Oregon State defense?
- Stanford TE Jim Dray, back from a knee injury, could play against TCU.
- UCLA might be able to exploit BYU's secondary. Which Kevin Craft shows up at BYU to run the Bruins offense? Speaking of QBs, an update on Ben Olson. And might Moya be Craft's go-to guy?
- Hey, it's USC -- that means celebrities on the sidelines! DT Fili Moala likes Ohio State's physical style of play. A keyboard battle over the USC-Ohio State showdown. Spicer wants to spice things up.
- The good news is Washington safety Darin Harris is OK. The bad news is his concussion will sideline him for the Oklahoma game. Also in the story: RB Chris Polk is likely done for the year due to a shoulder injury but the freshman likely will qualify for a redshirt year. Where's the pass rush? Frosh TE Kavario Middleton is stepping up.
- Washington State is down, but LB Gary Trent is the sort of player who can bring the program back. Former coach Jim Walden asks for patience.
- Jon Wilner reacts to an Indianapolis Star report on "special admits" for football programs, of which California led the nation.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Your hump day links.
- The world's most ridiculous protest is over: The California Tree Sitters were forced from their seats. The Bears are happy. As for the football side of things, here are some notes.
- Arizona LB Sterling Lewis did a good job stepping in for Xavier Kelly (sprained ankle) and will start at New Mexico. The Reed brothers, Arizona's Brooks and New Mexico's Lucas, won't face off because Lucas is redshirting.
- Despite a couple of pass-interference flags, Arizona State CB Omar Bolden is going to play his style. The Sun Devils LBs are hurting. Is GameDay coming for the Georgia game? Also here.
- Oregon will be tested by Purdue QB Curtis Painter. RB Jeremiah Johnson returned to practice on a limited basis after injuring his shoulder. Scouting Purdue. Oregon has run well.
- No extreme depth chart changes for Oregon State in this full report from Mike Riley's press conference. It's time for the Beavers to play team defense.
- Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said that QB Tavita Pritchard remains his starter but other QBs will play against TCU Saturday, and that may include freshman Andrew Luck. So there's no QB controversy -- understand? A Stanford WR is unimpressed with one thing about TCU: its schedule.
- It appears that UCLA RB Kahlil Bell won't play at BYU. Yes, there is a little bit of a revenge angle for the Bruins, who are banged up. UCLA OC Norm Chow heads back to BYU.
- A view of USC from an Ohio columnist. And one from LA: Bill Plaschke thinks the Trojans should be plenty motivated by comments from an Ohio State WR about "class." RB Joe McKnight pretends to be OSU freshman QB Terrelle Pryor. Ohio State is playing for more than just a big-game win. Mark Sanchez feels good about his WRs.
- Washington LB E.J. Savannah is gone, granted his release from the Huskies. Unheralded freshman David Freeman takes over at RB. Art Thiel considers the plight of Jake Locker.
- Washington State will platoon QBs Gary Rogers and Kevin Lopina, who has moved up the depth chart. It's not a QB controversy -- it's looking for a spark.
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Happy College Football Eve!
- Judge rules for California: Is the Memorial Stadium showdown coming to a close? Hopefully the Tree Sitters will find a new valuable cause -- like maybe helping a human being.
- "Six or seven" true freshmen will make their Arizona debuts against Idaho. Good news for the punt team: All-Pac-10 pick Keenyn Crier is back after missing much of camp.
- An Arizona State walk-on may win a starting job at CB opposite Omar Bolden, who, by the way, wants to return kicks. Ryan McFoy adds speed to the Sun Devils LB corps. Here's a look at Northern Arizona.
- California coach Jeff Tedford praises how QB Nate Longshore has handled not winning the starting job as a senior. The Bears speak, and Tedford probably is there to listen because he's taking a more active role. Noting Tedford's press conference.
- Oregon's new backup QB, Jeremiah Masoli, will play against Washington, coming in as a counter-punch for starter Justin Roper. Story also updates the depth chart winners, including Spencer Paysinger at weakside LB. Making Bacon at inside LB. Expect the Ducks to try to run against the Huskies, considering they piled up a school-record 465 yards on the ground a year ago. Oregon notes include a suspended WR, and is touted JC DT Justin Thompson really on his way to Eugene?
- Your complete guide to Oregon State football, courtesy of The Oregonian. How about this rooting dilemma -- Booooo Dad! Got a feeling these Rodgers Brothers are going to be fun to watch. Beavers need a fast start to make a statement. Some further thoughts.
- Stanford is optimistic, but the injury bug has caught on of late. LB Clinton Snyder talks about the Cardinal D, and here's something on OL chemistry.
- The Rose Bowl will not be full Monday night, with only 65,000 expected for the UCLA-Tennessee tilt. More on the UCLA advertisement that touted the end of the LA football monopoly. What about this version? Can't we just realize that Neuheisel-Carroll is going to be fun? About that O-line. How the Bruins can beat Tennessee. Or is Neuheisel's optimism giving way to harsh reality? Vols coach Phil Fulmer on the UCLA game.
- USC QB Mark Sanchez struggles a bit in practice but then is cleared to play at Virginia. Aaron Corp has won the backup job over Mitch Mustain -- for now. It's national championship or bust, according to some.
- The Seattle Times looks at all things Washington. Nice story here about the return of Jordan White-
Frisbee, now an offensive guard. The Huskies are young in many spots, so why not at kick returner? Wonder what Jake Locker 2.0 will look like. No cupcakes on UW schedule.
- More on the departures of DT Andy Roof and OL Dan Rowlands at Washington State, the latter by choice, the former, not. Not a great day for the Cougars.
- Half-empty or half-full? Only one Pac-10 QB -- Washington State's Gary Rogers -- will be making his first start this week, and Rogers is a fifth-year senior who's seen significant action. On the other hand, only four have started seven or more games.
- There's a lot of money in college football. Dan Raley's first batch of Pac-10 notes. The Oregonian looks at the Pac-10. As does the LA Times.
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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.