Here's my story for today's paper about fall camp wrapping up. Yes, they still have a practice today and Saturday, basically it's all done.
Then Saturday’s practice will be the first in preparation for the season opener Sept. 3 against Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium.
“It’s hard to believe,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “This thing goes so fast; I can’t believe we’ve been in training camp for two-and-a-half weeks. It’s kind of like Groundhog Day – you get up and put on the same pair of shorts and go back to work. It’s coming fast.”
Every coach would like a few extra days of camp to work on everything just a little more. But Sarkisian seemed upbeat about the whole camp.
“I feel good about where we’re at. I think we’ve really done a nice job as a staff of identifying the issues that have come up, that have popped up, and that could potentially come up down the road when you have a young football team. I think our staff has coached really well, and to the credit of the kids, they’ve really responded. They’ve locked in when we needed them to lock in.” Elsewhere ...
Around the Pac 12 ...
Pac 12 North
Oregon: The Ducks have paid $60,000 for legal fees for the Willie Lyles situation. Meh, it's Oregon, they will be fine, the new LeBron James shoes will be out soon.
Oregon State: Mike Riley also did a Q & A with ESPN. His biggest regret from last season was going for two against UW last season.
Washington State: The Cougs scrimmaged yesterday and came out of it relatively injury free.
Pac 12 South
Arizona: Projected starting corner Jonathan McKnight, younger brother of Joe McKnight, suffered a torn ACL and is done for the season.
ASU: ESPN's Ted Miller writes about Vontaze Burfict trying to control his emotions on the field. Linebacker Brandon Magee talked with the media for the first time after suffering a torn achilles tendon. He's hoping to be back for spring football.
Colorado: Head coach Jon Embree re-situated the locker room in an effort to build team chemistry. Embree plans to rotate centers during the opener against Hawaii in an effort to determine the starter. I'm putting the over/under at 3.5 bad snaps.
USC: The Trojans don't know who their starting tailback is yet. Lane Kiffin says there is no depth chart.
UCLA: Rick Neuheisel is on the hot seat. He knows it. We know it. Everyone knows it. Love this quote from AD Dan Guerrero: "Rick knows there is maybe one shot to straighten this thing out."
Here's an another interesting tidbit from the story
Neuheisel is 15-22 at UCLA, the worst three-year start by a Bruins coach since Harry Trotter went 2-13-1 from 1920 to 1922. Neuheisel also is winless in three games with USC.
His predecessor, Karl Dorrell, beat USC once and was 22-15 in his first three seasons, including a 10-2 record in Year 3.Utah: Linebacker Chaz Walker hasn't cut his hair since coming to the Utes and has not plans to.