Roundup: Mike Leach steals the show
Pac-12 coaches are at ESPN headquarters for the "car wash", doing interviews with ESPN talent over multiple platforms. While the Washington State head honcho was visiting with First Take (embrace debate, y'all), Mike Leach called the new rules "ridiculous" when asked about the new targeting rules that were previously legal but could now lead to an ejection.
With NFL training camps here and a change of scenery for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, former Ute Alex Smith is eager to prove himself again. The former 49er quarterback was shipped to Kansas City in the offseason after Colin Kaepernick stole the show in SF once Smith went out with a concussion.
Continuing along with the ESPN car wash, here's video of Oregon State coach Mike Riley talking about his quarterback situation. Cody Vaz or Sean Mannion? Sean Mannion or Cody Vaz? I'm sure we'll hear a whole lot more about this at Media Day.
Check out this inspiring piece on former Cal running back Langston Jackson being on the way to a miraculous recovery from a drug overdose that nearly cost him his life. A little bit on the long side, but definitely worth the read.
Really cool article from the one and only Gregg Bell about Steve Sarkisian giving a surprise and cherished birthday gift to a lifelong 85-year-old Husky fan who is battling life-threatening cancer. Awesome stuff as usual from the unleashed one.
Tough news out of The Farm: Stanford men's basketball player Andy Brown is out for the 2013-14 season with a torn ACL in his right knee. It's the fourth ACL tear he's had to suffer through, with the first three coming on his left knee. Tough luck for a tough dude. Best of luck to Andy.
More bad news, this time from Pasadena, as UCLA safety Dietrich Riley is forced to retire because of lingering issues with neck and shoulder injuries. Best of luck to the fourth-year Bruin.
It's good to hear that the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Ray Polk off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. Best of luck to the former Buff safety securing a spot on the 53-man roster in Jacksonville.
Oh keep 'em comin', Rob Moseley. The editor of goducks.com delivers another solid feature on how T.J. Daniel spent the summer making the move from tight end to the defensive line.
USC recently announced its 2013-14 men's basketball schedule, and there are plenty of non-conference challenges on there. Start the season on the road at Utah State (one of the rowdiest environments in the western United States), at Dayton, at Long Beach State, and three games in the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, a field that includes Kansas and Xavier.
Allowed 10 extra practices for its impending overseas trip, Arizona State basketball is picking up the tempo in preparation for the tour of China. The Forks will leave home base Aug. 8 for a 10-day trip to China that will include three games against Chinese teams.