Big thanks to Doug Pacey for stepping in yesterday and giving me a break from having to drive to Montlake. Here's his story from practice.
Drew Schaefer is writing a blog for CoachSark.com ... here's his latest blog post
Art Thiel wrote about the emotions of Steve Sarkisian.
Mason Kelley has this story on Cody Bruns.
Jon Wilner has notes and quotes on yesterday's Pac-12 network conference call. The network still doesn't have agreements with DirecTV or Dish Network. But they are still negotiating. My gut feeling says they might have deals when the network debuts on Aug. 15, but they will get done before the first games are played. DirecTV does this stuff all the time. But if you have either cable company, calling and threatening to cancel your service because of it is not lost on them. They keep track of these things.
Of course, Jim Mora and Lane Kiffin had regrettable comments to the media. It won't be the last for either coach. It's what they do.
If you get the chance, you should read this ESPN magazine story on Tyrann Mathieu written by my college buddy Kevin Van Valkenburg. It goes in the August 20 college football preview, but Kevin saw the potential for what happened to Mathieu weeks ago.
From his story ...
It's a contradiction, but hardly the only one for the LSU cornerback. Duality, for Mathieu, is definition. He's overrated...yet underappreciated. He's cocky...but riddled with self-doubt. He's too small ... and proof that size matters little. He's the most important player in the SEC ... but not even the best cornerback on his own team. He's a reckless gambler whose lack of discipline hurts his team ... and a game-changing playmaker his team could not live without. He's a T-shirt-slogan-ready national brand ... and a young man struggling for identity. He might not be the game's best player. But he is fodder for its best debate: Is Mathieu worthy of all the attention?
Or the beginning of a cautionary tale? North Division
Cal: Running back CJ Anderson has trimmed down and wants to be more of an every down back
Stanford: This notebook talks of freshmen linemen vying for playing time, but doesn't mention Josh Garnett. it does mention former UW commit Michael Rector vying for playing time at wide reciever.
Arizona: The Wildcats are in the process of figuring out their running back depth chart. One of those backs - Ka'Deem Carey - needs to make this his time.
ASU: The Sun Devils will use a closed scrimmage to help figure out their QB situation.
Colorado: Wide receiver Paul Richardson is on t he fast track to recovery from an ACL tear.
UCLA: One time UW recruit Brett Hundley was named starting QB for UCLA, beating out the dregs of Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut. Hundley told CBS sports he cried his eyes out when he found out. (yeah like that comment won't come back to bite him) Here's Jim Mora talking about Hundley and also his first and probably not last regrettable media comment.
USC: Silas Redd looked good in USC's scrimmage
Utah: Here's video of QB Jordan Wynn talking about growing his hair for" locks of love." Utah lost defensive linemen Junior Salt for the season.