- There is a talent gap between Arizona and USC, at least in terms of recruiting stars.
- Defensive back Alden Darby gets the ultimate honor for an Arizona State player.
- A variety of opinions on California coach Jeff Tedford's future in Berkeley. The Big Game struggles isn't Tedford's favorite topic.
- Colorado safety Ray Polk sees potential for the Buffs.
- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is on the fast track. No charges against Ducks defensive tackle Isaac Remington, and here are the details.
- Head coach Mike Riley and defensive coordinator Mark Banker are enjoying the ride at Oregon State this fall.
- Stanford is preparing for Washington State's spread passing attack.
- UCLA is regaining focus after an off week.
- USC's George Farmer might be starting to make an impact.
- Utah and Cal both have struggling offenses.
- Washington's defense is hoping to regain its footing against Oregon State.
- Fair to say Washington State coach Mike Leach is no fan of Twitter.
- Arizona OG Vaughn Dotsy -- at 370 pounds -- is trying to get back into playing shape.
- Arizona State is reshuffling its offensive line. And Doug Haller believes Brock Osweiler may be pulling ahead at QB.
- From Jonathan Okanes practice report: "Steve Williams is a legitimate candidate to start at cornerback." The defense is playing faster.
- Speaking of hybrid defenders, Oregon DE Kenny Rowe might be the best in the Pac-10. Is a Duck walk on challenging Stephen Paea as the strongest player in the Pac-10?
- Who's the top guy at middle linebacker for Oregon State? Speaking of linebackers, Keith Pankey is back. More linebacker issues in this notebook.
- Talented Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov is showing maturity.
- UCLA has some questions at linebacker. Notes from UCLA. More here.
- A former Tennessee lineman wants to go to USC. The Trojans are limiting practice time in order to protect their depleted roster. Checking in with cornerback Shareece Wright, who's looking for redemption.
- Washington needs tight end Chris Izbicki to step up. Some Huskies are still springing forward.
- Washington State is looking for a middle linebacker.
- Mark Schlabach on the plane crash that took Stanford guard Andrew Phillips' father, Bill.
- The top-200 twitter sites. Hey, mine is on there. Subscribe! Please.
- Stewart Mandel just earned a saved link -- a handy bowl guide.
You can see Kiffin's Twitter page here.
That has the potential to be fairly amusing -- only so far the typically outspoken Kiffin has been fairly beige: "Looking forward to getting out on the field with the coaches and players again this afternoon... Another beautiful day in LA!" he tweeted three hours ago.
Kiffin also has a Facebook page.
And here's Garrett's twitter page.
If you've ever spoken to Garrett, the idea of him frequently tweeting sounds, well, interesting.
As if UCLA didn't have enough problems with an 0-4 start in Pac-10 play, a freshman receiver used Twitter to insult and criticize offensive coordinator Norm Chow.
This is what Randall Carroll wrote in a message to a friend about Chow, according to the Orange County Register and LA Times:
“…oregon, stanford, and cal should have been easy wins ,, but (expletive) thys (expletive) norm chow dnt be trustin us ,, so it is what it is,” was the message that Carroll sent to Dietrich Riley, who plays at St. Francis High and is being recruited by UCLA.
Carroll was one of the marquee freshmen in the Bruins highly rated 2009 recruiting class. He's caught just two passes for 16 yards this season and was among a group of four Bruins who were suspended for the Bruins game against Kansas State on Sept. 19 for a team rules violation.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
LOS ANGELES -- The Pac-10 has been walking the walk on the football field, witness a winning record vs. every other FBS conference since 2000.
But in this fast-paced media age when image is everything and spinning reality is critical to creating perception, the conference used its media day Thursday to do a better job talking the talk.
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|Pete Carroll on the Pac-10: "I think it's the best conference in the country."|
Which means just about every coach at some point during his presentation cocked his head thoughtfully, conjured a pained look and said in so many words, "Golly, there are just no weeks off in this conference! And we just beat each other up."
Take USC coach Pete Carroll, whose Trojans were picked in the media poll to win their eighth consecutive championship.
"Our conference is so challenging for us," he said. "Year in and year out, without question, our most difficult games, not just one game, but many games, come right from our own conference opponents. I know that we've only lost a few games out of conference through the years, but we've lost a bunch of games to conference opponents. I think it's the best conference in the country."
Carroll went on for a few more minutes but you get the point. This, by the way, was not in response to a question.
It was obvious that when the coaches met with new Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott, whose hiring was in large part due to his willingness to push aggressive and creative marketing plans, the marching orders were to refer to the Pac-10's general awesomeness whenever possible.
After all, it's a strategy that has worked elsewhere.
"This is going to be a physical conference -- only the strong are going to survive in this environment, 2009 Pac-10 football," Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said. "This is going to be a mighty men conference this year."
Exhibit A for the perception problem was USC's loss at Oregon State last year. To many pundits across the nation, that was another inexplicable implosion by the Trojans.
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|During the first Pac-10 media day under new commissioner Larry Scott, the league seemed more willing to market itself.|
It seemed that few realized that the Beavers had finished nationally ranked the previous two seasons while winning 19 games. And then, after the Beavers finished 9-4 and again nationally ranked in 2008, they had seven players picked in the NFL draft.
"This whole perception thing -- I don't know how you say this -- but people ought to look into reality before they really believe in that perception of our conference," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "Head-to-head, in bowl games, our league stands out pretty well.
"And, not that this matters in a season, but it does as far as notoriety: We get as many drafted to the NFL as the SEC does."
Actually, that's not true. The Pac-10 has had more players drafted, per team, in each of the last two NFL drafts.
But who's counting?
Apparently this new version of Pac-10, which hasn't spent much energy on press releases tooting its own horn in the past, but distributed Thursday a colorful five page release that featured factoids on the conference's general unwillingness to schedule patsies and the Pac-10's outstanding bowl record.
Associate commissioner Jim Muldoon, after a couple of coaches fielded questions about Pac-10-SEC matchups this fall, made a point of noting the conference is 10-7 vs. the SEC since 2000.
That wasn't all.
In the past, reporters sat at tables while coaches droned on from a podium in a drab conference room. It was indistinguishable from gathering of widget salespeople.
This time, the room featured a pair of giant video screens and loud music that made the assembled laptops vibrate. An ESPN-produced video -- from the World Wide Leader's new Los Angeles digs -- provided pre-coach entertainment. The event was streamed live on the Pac-10's official website and a good number of questions came from fans via Twitter.
Muldoon further noted that conference coaches, who a few years ago griped about even having to attend, were suggesting the event be scheduled over multiple days in order to get more media coverage.
Heck, even the post news conference buffet was the best it's been in years.
This, apparently, is the new rock and roll Pac-10 during the Larry Scott Era.
Of course, the critical thing to remember while talking the talk is to continue walking the walk.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Not that we'd ever egg on juvenile behavior among fans... but...
It appears that the Washington-Washington State rivalry has invaded Twitter.
First there was "Fakecoachsark", which we linked yesterday.
Now there is "Fakecoachwulff", which for some reason chose Ryan Leaf for its wallpaper. No idea why.
Do you get the idea that we haven't seen the last of this among college football fans? Of course, those interested in parody might want to be careful.