Pac-12: Jim Owens

Pac-10 lunch links: ADs ignore what's best for Pac-10

June, 9, 2009
6/09/09
2:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels, but they live like men.

  • Pac-10 athletic directors to their coaches: "We don't care if you operate under a competitive disadvantage compared to other BCS conferences. Go suck on a lemon." 
  • This "Kiki" may be the top recruit in southern Arizona, which means the Wildcats need him and the rest of the Pac-10 wants to steal him. This is a more relaxed offseason for Mike Stoops.
  • When Stanford renovated its stadium, it cost rival California money in the Big Game.
  • Oregon may lose a recruit to the Major League baseball draft.
  • Paul Buker can't believe a respected publication ranked Oregon State only 36th, and he's got a point.
  • Chatting up Stanford's Erik Lorig.
  • The winding career of UCLA's Osaar Rasshan is over.
  • Guess who's the second fastest Trojan behind Taylor Mays?
  • Jim Owens' legacy at Washington is complicated.

Catching up on some odds and ends

June, 8, 2009
6/08/09
10:43
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Picking up some Pac-10 odds and ends that got overlooked while I was on a mission in a galaxy far, far away ...

  • Bud Withers on the death of former Washington coach Jim Owens. 
  • UCLA's redshirt freshman defensive end Damien Holmes underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow Friday. He is expected to be ready for fall practices.
  • Arizona State defensive end Dexter Davis is writing a blog as part of requirements for a summer class. It's called "Sack Lunch with Dexter Davis."
  • Three Pac-10 players made the top 10 of The Sporting News' Matt Hayes' list of the nation's best players in 2009 and a fourth ended up in the top 25.
  • Details of new Washington coach Steve Sarkisian's contract were revealed by the Seattle Times.
  • The U.S. military is interested in Pete Carroll's "Win Forever" philosophy, according to his Web site: "Carroll was a specially invited attendee and speaker at the military's Conference on Small Unit Excellence, a first-of-its-kind seminar in Alexandria, Va., in late April that has since laid the foundation for revolutionary shifts in the actions and attitudes of the country's armed forces."
  • The Pac-10 is going to stick with round-robin scheduling and focus on cutting costs.
  • Tom Luginbill believes touted quarterback Jake Heaps (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline High) made the right decision by picking BYU over Washington and others, and the Huskies have other QBs on their radar.

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