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Pac-10 Morning: The day after...

7/25/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Some post-media day nuggets...

  • Ben Olson is UCLA's QB by default... but is he ready to lead the offense? Even coach Rick Neuheisel believes that's the critical question.

  • Bill Plaschke, perhaps the nation's best sports columnist, also does video! Here he uses the UCLA and USC media guides to make a point.

  • It's becoming obvious to me that Oregon State fans are tired of their team being considered merely scrappy and overachieving. They want respect (I'll have more on this from coach Mike Riley later), and Riley and the Beavers aren't backing away from that sort of thinking either.

  • Another step forward for California's sports training facility.

  • On the Ducks side of thing, the school's official blog sums up Pac-10 media day.

  • The Spokesman-Review asked Washington State coach Paul Wulff which player might be the biggest surprise this season. Wulff's answer echoed what Cougars WR Brandon Gibson told me earlier in the week: DE Kevin Kooyman: "He has a shot to surprise some people," Wulff said.

  • Everybody is talking about Ohio State's visit to USC... but the Trojans have a long road trip before that to Virginia. It appears, however, they already have a fan club chapter in Charlottesville. Here are some words from its president, Al Groh.

  • Bruins Nation does an interesting historical review of national rankings. Do you love the smell of East Coast bias in the morning?

  • Finally, you may not love Pete Carroll and his Trojans, but there is no question that Carroll is very active trying to make LA a better place. Here's a link to a worthy cause he's pursuing. And Carroll took a moment at Media Day to invite some special guests:

"It happens to be the gathering of all the people that do the work in the streets -- the intervention workers, all the community-based organizations and the churches that do such great stuff. I realized what an extraordinary opportunity it would be for our presidential candidates to join hands with our kids that are our future. We tell you that we're having this event -- shoot! We're inviting them too! Maybe they want to come in and connect with their future and make a statement that they do understand the work that's done on our city streets and with our communities is so critical."