12 Pac Review: Spring practices start; Neuheisel forgets who his QB is, and Riley wishes he could too.

Oregon – This week's competition day was over shadowed by Josh Huff being helped off the field with a knee injury. The defense did a good job bouncing back and winning the day after the offense took week one of practices. Other than the Huff and Turner injuries, things seem to be going fairly smoothly in Eugene so far.

 

Stanford – Stanford's women's basketball coach won the WBCA National Coach of the Year award. Even though the Lady Cardinal lost to eventual tourney champ Texas A&M, Tara VanDerveer has put together an impressive 32-2 overall record and the school's 20th conference championship.

 

Washington – Jake Locker graces the cover of ESPN the magazine this week. Rivalry aside, I'm really getting tired of everyone making excuses for Locker. First, the winless season wasn't Locker's fault because of his injury. Then UW wasn't very good because Locker didn't have very much talent around him. Now, his draft stock dropped because draft evaluating scouts are fickle and their opinions of what they want in a QB can change from year to year. Apparently 4 out of every 20 excuses for why Locker hasn't lived up to the hype are his fault.

 

 

 

 

USC – The Tennessee Titans and USC have settled their differences in the lawsuit regarding running backs coach Kennedy Pola. I'm sure Kiffin is thrilled to have that behind him, god knows he doesn't want to leave a bad taste in the mouth of the people of Tennessee... oh wait.

 

 

Oregon State – Oregon State opened spring practice week. With Ryan Katz out after wrist surgery, Riley is obviously looking for someone to be his back up as well as a possible future replacement. I'm guessing 4 interceptions isn't exactly what he's looking for. I have a hard time seeing Oregon State be a challenge for the conference crown next year with them losing Paea, Quizz and most likely James Rodgers.

 

 

Arizona State – ASU seems to be getting a little taste of their torn ACL medicine. Seniors Omar Bolden and T.J. Simpson both went out with ACL injuries in their first week of spring practices. Bolden is the biggest blow as he was first team All Pac 10 last season and was looking at being part of a very formidable ASU defense.

 

 

Arizona – Derrick Williams has yet to make a decision on whether he will return for his Junior season after an elite eight tourney run this year. While a potential looming NBA lockout seems bad for NBA players, guys that may be on the fence or are underclassmen in college should seriously consider staying another year. This could be good for college basketball.

 

California – Cal baseball got some good news this week. Looks like they won't have to create yet another club sport that they can win a national championship in.

 

 

UCLA – Paging Rick Neuheisel... paging Rick Neuheisel... do you know where your starting quarterback is? Personally, I have a hard time believing that CK would ever not know whether his starting QB was cleared to practice or not, but then again he's no Rick Neuheisel. It's amazing their offense has been so prolific in recent past.

 


Washington StateNo one got arrested for pot this week. That's good.

 

Utah – New Utes basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak is rounding out his coaching staff by hiring former Utah player and Rick Majerus Graduate Assistant Tommy Connors. Utah basketball has a long history of success, and it will be interesting to see how the new boys in Pac 12 adapt and what type of impact they can make especially considering they will probably be the only Pac 12 school with a new head coach.

 

 

Colorado – The Buffs are getting prepped for their first Spring Game under new head coach Jon Embree. That doesn't mean that everyone will still be around next fall. It looks like Embree is determined on making this team his own as quick as possible.

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