Roundup: Utah's got a tough schedule

Juan Ocampo

Hey, those Provo Cougars might have a pretty hard football slate for 2013, but Mike Sorensen of the Deseret News writes that the Ute schedule surpasses BYU's toughest ever slate. No longer do Whittingham & Co. miss out on Stanford and Oregon in the North, while they also gotta face BYU and Utah State in the non-conference portion of their sked.

You can say a lot of different things about Philadelphia fans, but never call them disloyal: Chip Kelly's first NFL full practice drew 30,000 Eagles fans on Sunday. We're not talking about the game. We're talking about practice. [Editor's note: Practice?]

Playing it close to the vest, USC football coach Lane Kiffin will close practices to the media during the season. Training camp sessions are still open, though.

Basketball break: Head coach Johnny Dawkins just announced the Stanford men's basketball non-conference schedule, and it has quite a few big names on there -- Michigan, UConn and BYU, for starters. This non-conf is no joke -- Northwestern, Bucknell, at Denver and potentially Pitt also on there. That's how you get a high RPI (provided you win a few of those games, of course).

Sticking to the hardwood, here's the new look for Ralph Miller Court at Gill Coliseum, courtesy of Building the Dam. Huge fan of this look -- super clean.

New Bruins basketball head man Steve Alford talks about UCLA and John Wooden in this chat with Andy Katz of ESPN.

Back to football: Connor Wood is the favorite in Boulder to nab Colorado's starting QB gig, but Mike MacIntyre is waiting to see what Sefo Liufau can do before deciding whether he can redshirt the incoming freshman.

Good move here by new Cal coach Sonny Dykes to contact Jeff Tedford, the winningest coach in Cal history.

Some teams like to get away for chunks of fall camp, and you can count the Cougs in those ranks because Washington State is headed to Lewiston for camp (the first 10 days of it, at least). UCLA has San Bernardino and Arizona State has Camp Tontozona, to name a couple of others.

According to Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen, Bruce Hill is the 35th-best player in Arizona football history. Hill QB'ed the Cats from 1973-75 and led 'em to a 26-7 record in that span.

Here's to you getting to know ASU linebacker Carlos Mendoza. He's fighting for a starting spot at SPUR linebacker, according to Fox Sports Arizona's Tyler Lockman.

Were you curious about examining the official Washington football roster for the fall? Luckily, UW Dawg Pound has you covered.

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