Pac-12: Harvard Crimson
Crook has spent the past eight seasons as offensive line coach at Harvard. His 22-year career includes stints at Illinois, West Liberty State, Glenville State, Clarion, West Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.
“He also shares our vision for the physical style of play in which we believe," said Stanford coach David Shaw in a statement.
While at Harvard, Crook’s line helped pave the way for Clifton Dawson (2003-06) to set the Ivy League’s all-time career rushing record with 4,841 yards, breaking the former mark held by Cornell’s Ed Marinaro. Eight of Crook’s players earned first team All-Ivy honors a combined 11 times, including tackle James Williams, who was a three-time All-America and first team All-Ivy selection. In 2009, four of Harvard’s linemen earned all-league honors while Treavor Scales was named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year.
According to the Eugene Register-Guard: "Kelly will travel Friday to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, before heading overseas along with Army’s Rich Ellerson, Harvard’s Tim Murphy, Tommy Tuberville of Texas Tech and Ron Zook of Illinois. The first foreign stop will be at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, and Kelly said the tour will also take them to Iraq and Afghanistan."
The coaches, who will spend at least one night aboard a naval ship, not only chat with troops and sign autographs, they also will conduct "combine-style workouts" as well as coach a couple of flag football games, one of which will be the annual Under Armour Dust Bowl, which is Army vs. Air Force "with some Marines sprinkled in."
Guess here is that one might get fairly intense.
Kelly & Co. are scheduled to return to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on May 31, Memorial Day. They also may visit the White House.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Todd from Mission Viejo writes: If you could add one out-of-conference game to each of the Pac-10 teams' schedule, what match-ups would you create?
Ted Miller: Oh, this is a good one.
Not only that, Todd, when I mentioned your outstanding mailbag contribution to my boss, Darth Duffey, he noted that such an entry had ALREADY BEEN ASSIGNED this week.
So the Force is with you on this one, dark side or not.
USC at Florida: One word: Yum. OK, a few more.
Florida won't leave the state for a nonconference game, so the Trojans just decide to show up. Grins all around on the West Coast. Everyday Should Be Saturday's Orson Swindle and Stranko Montana, who have been claiming to be "pushing 30" for a decade, commence writing a series of sonnets -- with multimedia effects! -- that rival Shakespeare during his most inspired period. The college football world rejoices. About the game, though the sonnets are nice, too.
And, of course, USC rolls. (Oh, stop it! You know that's what would happen, Gator fans!)
Ole Miss at Oregon State: Whose 2008 loss -- Florida's or USC's -- was "worse"? My guess is this one would have been more fun for the Beavers last year than this year.
Oregon at Oklahoma: Hey, Sooners, can the Ducks bring their own referees?
Texas at California: Mack Brown would get a warm welcome in Strawberry Canyon. And, golly, this would be a great help for the Longhorns, whose nonconference schedule features Louisiana-Monroe, Wyoming, UTEP and Central Florida. Guess that's why they say, "Don't mess with Texas ... purdy please."
Oklahoma at Arizona: Which Stoops would conquer? (Both, however, have said it will never happen.)
Arizona State at Miami: Dennis Erickson returns to the place where he won a pair of national titles. And then, you know, some other stuff happened after he left for the Seattle Seahawks.
Harvard at Stanford: Remember when the Simpsons went to jail and poor Lisa was worried that it might damage her college prospects? And then Bart and Homer mercilessly taunt her, "You're going to Stanford! You're going to Stanford!" You know most of the writers for "The Simpsons" went to Harvard. This would be payback. And Conan O'Brien might be on the sidelines with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, which would be the best thing ever. Other than USC at Florida.
UCLA at South Carolina: Ever heard Rick Neuheisel imitate Steve Spurrier? Hee hee hee. You would this week. And the golf stories would be priceless.
BYU at Washington: BYU stole a game from Washington in 2008, and then it stole touted quarterback recruit Jake Heaps from under the Huskies noses. Grrrr.
South Florida at Washington State (in December): Here's a guess that the kids from down South might not like Pullman in the winter.