Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
- Staying home for a bowl game has its benefits, as Cal coach Jeff Tedford gets an extra week to recruit, Jonathan Okanes writes in the Oakland Tribune.
- A very interesting blog post from The San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner, who explains that the Pac-10's geography and a reputation for not traveling well contributes to the league's underwhelming bowl lineup, which features only one game in January (Rose).
"When contracts expire and it comes time for bowls to align themselves with conferences, the bowls in Florida and Texas want the Big Ten and the Big 12 and, of course, the football-crazed SEC.
"That leaves the Pac-10 to align itself with bowls in the west: The Rose, of course; plus the Holiday and Poinsettia in San Diego, the Emerald in San Francisco, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Hawaii Bowl and the Sun in El Paso, which isn't exactly the west coast but has a long relationship with the Pac-10. 'We've talked to Florida bowls, and they aren't interested in us, and I can understand why,' Pac-10 associate commissioner Jim Muldoon told me a while back."
- USC safety Taylor Mays made another All-America team Thursday night, and it seems increasingly likely the junior will enter the NFL draft, Scott Wolf writes in the L.A. Daily News.
"If I'm up there [in the top 15], I think even [Pete Carroll] will tell me to leave," Mays said.
- Let's hope Pete Carroll's upcoming "60 Minutes" appearance works out better for the USC coach than it did for Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, who is 12-17 since being profiled on the CBS show in October 2006.
- Oregon State fans don't seem too excited about the Sun Bowl, and only 2,500 are expected to travel to El Paso, The Oregonian's Paul Buker writes in his blog.
- New Washington coach Steve Sarkisian will give linebacker E.J. Savannah another chance, Bob Condotta writes in The Seattle times.