Pac-12: Dan Patrick

Pac-10 lunch links: Will it be Pac-12 in 2011?

June, 17, 2010
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To Utah and Colorado fans: Welcome. Regularly reading the Pac-10 blog will lower your cholesterol and make your cocktail party jokes 17 percent more amusing.

  • Are these Arizona's new uniforms?
  • This future Arizona State Sun Devil is an all-star.
  • A Cal legend passes on.
  • Colorado wants to join the Pac-10 in 2011, not 2012. And it's new travel partner -- rival! -- is Utah. Utah and Colorado vs. the Pac-10.
  • Utah State might be interested in former Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli.
  • Think Oregon State coach Mike Riley feels good about saying "No" to USC now? But Riley isn't fired up about a North-South Pac-12 split.
  • UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was on Dan Patrick's radio show.
  • USC and Hawaii are trying to figure out the status of their Sept. 2 game. Video of a "contrite" Reggie Bush. Still waiting for his parents to step up and apologize.
  • Can Utah win in the Pac-10? Absolutely. Former Utah coach Ron McBride on the move.
  • What does expansion mean for Washington?
  • Just FYI: Texas A&M fans aren't happy with the new Big 12.
  • So ... about those academic concerns.
  • A great effort by Jon Wilner to pencil out what the Pac-12's revenue will look like going forward. I am not a "media/marketing" expert, but I like to gamble and I'd bet this proves wrong: "Three media/marketing industry sources said that Utah and Colorado bring very little, if anything in terms of additional TV revenue. Said one: “From a national cable perspective, they have no value.”' If I have learned one thing about the business of business through the years is that "Yes" people get rich and "No" people become consultants.

Did Carroll leave USC because he was scared of Oregon?

April, 20, 2010
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UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel told Dan Patrick that Pete Carroll bolted USC for the Seattle Seahawks because, in part, Carroll's defensive schemes weren't working against running quarterbacks.
"In my heart of hearts, I think he got tired of trying to defend these different kind of offenses," Neuheisel told Patrick. "Oregon had their way with Pete's defense. ... I think he got tired of having the quarterback be a factor in the running game."

The Ducks gained 613 yards against the Trojans in a 47-20 whipping. It was the most Oregon has ever scored against USC in 56 meetings and it was the most points Carroll's USC defense had ever surrendered.

At least until two weeks later, when Stanford bludgeoned the Trojans 55-21, rushing for 325 yards with a fairly standard power running attack.

Still, when I asked USC linebacker Malcolm Smith last week about the Oregon and Stanford meltdowns and he said that the Trojans' "run fits" weren't working, which would seem to support Neuheisel's point.

UPDATE: On Friday, Neuheisel and I were talking about the Bruins trying out a "pistol" offense, Nevada's version of the spread-0ption, which requires a defense to account for the QB as a runner. Here's what he said.

"To me, you get rid of the plus-one [advantage for a defense], which is, to me, is why Pete Carroll left college football. He didn't want to play against that offense any more. He wanted to get back to pro football where his pressures work again.... We can pull up the Oregon-USC game and look at all the different stuff he tried. He didn't have an answer. He just didn't have an answer."



Neuheisel also shared some interesting thoughts with Patrick on a couple of NFL draft prospect from the Pac-10, most notably Toby Gerhart: "Toby Gerhart is not getting enough recognition. I think he is an unbelievable back," he said.

Pac-10 lunch links: A chat with Rey Maualuga

July, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Only don't tell me that you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry. Now, who approached you first? Barzini or Tattalgia?

  • Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson is coming off a sophomore slump: So what does history say about third seasons?
  • Things look good on California's offensive line. The Bears want to leave Maryland feeling blue. And seeing it too. Another former Cal football player is heading to the Big House. And we're not talking about Michigan.
  • Despite charges, Oregon recruit Cliff Harris will report to Ducks camp on time, but another incoming freshman appears to have a foot injury.
  • Previewing Stanford's secondary.
  • A incoming freshman running back for UCLA needs surgery.
  • Former USC linebacker Rey Maualuga checks in with Dan Patrick.
  • Another projection of the Pac-10 race.
  • How far can a Pac-10 football fan go with $1,000?

Pac-10 lunch links: Forcier -- Fact! -- talks about odd UCLA exit

June, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Virtue! A fig!

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