Pac-10 Morning: Duck suspended, Bulldogs coming, Bears delayed
July, 28, 2008
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Lots of stuff for you. You might need to take the day off.
- Wins and losses quantify Washington's slide from the nation's elite into the bottom-third of the Pac-10. But here's another methodology. The Huskies announced the availability of single-game tickets last week, noting the program had sold 43,048 season tickets, which is down 468 from last season. In 2001, the program sold more than 63,000 season tickets. The average attendance at Husky Stadium that season was 72,649, which was fairly standard for a program had averaged over 70,000 fans every year since 1989. In 2007, the average attendance was 67,732, a number bolstered greatly by a great home schedule that included Boise State, Ohio State, USC, Oregon and the Apple Cup (the number was 57,483 in 2006). That's a fairly quick transformation of a revenue stream into a revenue trickle. This is relevant because Husky Stadium, as scenic in terms of location as any in the country, is in dire need of a major renovation.
- Perhaps Washington should go the way of Stanford and offer a "Gridiron Guarantee." What's that? Buy Stanford season football tickets, and if you don't like the product, you get your money back. What a deal!
- Oregon has indefinitely suspended LB Kevin Garrett, a would-be likely starter, according to the Eugene Register-Guard.
- And, by the way, the Ducks football program ranks No. 34 in the nation, according to the Gray Lady. Yes, you are correct, that's a bit low. Durn East Coasters. This means only three Pac-10 teams will make the NYT's top 33. Other rankings: No. 41 Oregon State; No. 53 UCLA; No. 63 Washington; No. 76 Arizona; No. 81 Washington State; and No. 90 Stanford. And, yes, you should be steamed about these rankings. For example: Tulsa is No. 36. Good for them. But do you think anyone would bet $100 on Tulsa versus, say, Oregon State straight-up? My guess is Vegas would favor every Pac-10 team over Tulsa straight-up. Not to pick on Tulsa or anything.
- Another holdup at California for its new athletic training facility, this one a 20-day injunction by activist groups.
- And for you Cal fans who are tired of Berkeley protests and would rather see some of the most over-the-top, highly detailed, often fascinating analysis of the pros and cons of QB Nate Longshore, well friends, this is for you.
- Georgia fans are eyeballing Arizona State. It's been a long time since Bulldog boosters have taken a significant road trip. As an Atlanta native and new Scottsdale resident, I personally will be hosting a few rowdies.
- Here's a defensive lineman who's taken a short but significant trip -- David Bertrand is traveling from the Arizona defensive line to the, er, Arizona State defensive line. Hey, he's just keeping it in the state family because these two programs have warm feelings for each other. Sort of like hell is warm.
- The Corvallis Gazette-Times does a Q&A with Oregon State coach Mike Riley. Riley calls the secondary and receivers the strengths of his team.
- What keeps Pete Carroll up at night? The Press-Enterprise lists his "five main concerns." What's interesting is that Carroll repeatedly has said that he expects a couple of his incoming freshmen to compete for starting jobs... on the offensive line.
- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Molly Yanity on the summer fun -- and work -- of hot-shot prep football recruits. She spent some time with Seattle-area QB Jake Heaps, who's expected to be one of the nation's top prospects in in 2009-10.
- Speaking of hot-shot recruits, the Orange County Register has set up a Matt Barkley page so USC fans can swoon endlessly while imagining the future with the committed robo-prep QB. The OCR's USC blog also has been profiling "5 unproven Trojans who could make or break 2008."
- "Hey!" bellowed UCLA fans.... We've got a QB recruit, too, who is raising some eyebrows.
- Bruins Nation looks at the UCLA front seven. Though a little concerned about the edges, the fellows are quite pleased up the middle.
- And is Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel becoming, gasp, a disciplinarian? Here's a quick hit from Brian Dohn's blog about the suspension of strong safety Bret Lockett.
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