Roundup: Orgeron is Mora's Pac-12 Coach of the Year
UCLA and USC might be playing this week, but there doesn’t appear to be any bad blood on the Bruins' side of things, because Jim Mora picked Ed Orgeron for Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
If the Trojans win on Saturday, Ed Orgeron would be 7-1 as interim head coach with victories over Stanford and UCLA. Thus, Scott Wolf poses this question: Will a victory over UCLA make Ed Orgeron too successful for USC to pass up?
They’re hyped up for the Territorial Cup in the state of Arizona, and as Football Scoop puts it, Arizona’s video department is at it again with its “Fear no Fork” vid. Sparky throws a Liu Kang-esque fireball Wilbur’s way, but it doesn’t seem like the wildcat is scurred at all.
Trying to figure out whether Arizona State’s touchdown king will play against the ‘Cats? Your guess is as good as mine, because Marion Grice’s injury remains a mystery. Todd Graham has him listed as day-to-day.
Keith Price split first-team reps with Cyler Miles in practice yesterday – you don’t think the fifth-year senior would miss the Washington State game, do you? Yeah, Price is preparing to start in the Apple Cup, but he has work to do.
Here’s a nice read from Jacob Thorpe about WSU outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons and Steve Sarkisian going way back, as the two were teammates at BYU (Simmons a three-year starting linebacker, Sark the star QB).
The Utes and Buffs are in just their third year as Pac-12 foes (don’t forget their time spent together in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Mountain States Conference), but Mike MacIntyre says Utah is a rivalry game for Colorado.
Former walk-on Adam Schulz has been thrown into the fire this year for Utah with Travis Wilson getting hurt, and Schulz just keeps on keeping on for the Utes. It takes some thick skin to recover from two pick-sixes in the first quarter to pass for 347 yards on the road and nearly bring your team back to win.
Both the Beavs and Ducks enter the Civil War a little down after blowout losses the week before, but just ask Jerry Pettibone how to inspire Oregon and Oregon State for this anticlimactic Civil War. Great short read from Ken Goe about how Pettibone, coach of the 0-10 Beavs in 1991, ended walkthrough early so his underclassmen could practice carrying the seniors off the field to celebrate their victory the next day (OSU won 14-3).
What does winning the individual national championship in cross country get ya? A date with Ryan McGrady on Statisfaction! So without further ado, let’s hear Oregon’s Edward Cheserek talk about his NCAA individual XC title.
Stanford women’s basketball is taking on Florida Gulf Coast this afternoon in Mexico, and Tara VanDerveer is eyeing her 900th win as a head coach. The godmother of Nerd Nation, if you will.
The Golden Bears hung tough against the No. 8 team in the country in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational, but here are the highlights of Cal falling to Syracuse 92-81. Also, Cal football will host Oregon at Levi’s Stadium next year for a Friday night tilt at the San Francisco 49ers' new digs.