Mon Sep 13 07:54am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• If you will all be patient and put your faith in the 17-year plan, this will go much more smoothly. Rick Neuheisel's post-game pep talk to a mostly empty Rose Bowl went about as well as his game plan in UCLA's worst home loss since 1941, according to the L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke, who reported plenty of booing and shouts along the lines of "Stop talking and win a game!" from the faithful. With Houston and Texas coming up in front of an unrelenting Pac-10 slate, that's looking like an increasingly tall task: The Bruins now have a quarterback controversy on their hands after both Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut played against Stanford, and given the goose egg they put up there – after Prince struggled dramatically through the 31-22 loss at Kansas State last week – it's not one of the good kind. When even the pro-Neuheisel facade at Bruins Nation is starting to show some cracks, you know it's getting ugly. [L.A. Times, L.A. Daily News, Bruins Nation]
• First priority: Trying. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is in even more dire straits after watching the Vols roll over and die in the second half as Oregon ripped off 45 consecutive points en route to the most lopsided beating ever administered by a visitor in Neyland Stadium: "I looked back and researched (recent) games in the fourth quarter when we were down 10 points or less, and we're 0-7. And we went into this game in the fourth quarter down 14, and we’re not even competing. And that's something we have to change. We need to change that before we get to anything else — being able to compete for four quarters, no matter what the score is." [Chattanooga Times Free-Press]
• Eh, you get here when you get here. Colorado's chances of joining the Pac-10 by next year are "worse than 50-50," according to commissioner Larry Scott, thanks to a steep buyout if CU leaves the Big 12 before 2012. Utah still plans to come aboard next year for an awkward, 11-team limbo year between the familiar Pac-10 and the new Pac-12. [Associated Press, USA Today]
• Quantifying the carnage. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore broke 29 tackles on 38 touches and gained 127 of his 198 total yards against Georgia after first contact, according to Gamecock beat writer Travis Haney, whose review of Lattimore's first SEC game also credited the freshman locomotive with 12 chain-moving runs and another first down on his only reception. Given all that, Steve Spurrier probably should be crowing about his recruiting instead of the humble virtues of "that little inside play." [Charleston Post and Courier]
• One more for the road. Missouri running back Derrick Washington, already facing a felony sexual assault charge that earned him a permanent suspension from the team, was arrested again Sunday morning on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault. Washington was already on ice for the season, but an official exit from the team would cost him his scholarship. [Associated Press, Columbia Missourian]
• Take a redshirt and call me in August. All-Big Ten receiver Keith Smith may be out for the season after being carted off the field with a knee injury in Purdue's 31-21 win over Western Illinois. Smith was the only Big Ten receiver over 1,000 yards last year, and had almost twice as many catches as anyone else in the conference when he went down. [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, ESPN]
Quickly... Frank Beamer has been so unconcerned about frequent I-AA/FCS patsy James Madison over the years that he's often allowed JMU to visit Virginia Tech practices and scout players. ... Hokie defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle is out for the season with a torn ACL. ... Freshman receiver Mike Davis has a breakout Saturday for Texas, even if it was against Wyoming. ... Ed Orgeron brings so much intensity to each step he breaks his foot just by walking. ... Denard Robinson is the big man on campus. ... Morrissey is a (probably ironic) Archie Griffin fan. ... And the Boulder Daily Camera reminds us that longtime Colorado assistant Brian Cabral once wore this on the sideline.
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