Saturday, July 30, 2011

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Norm Chow, Lary Scott, and more

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.) 

Pressing their Luck.
With a new head football coach in David Shaw, Stanford is depending on quarterback Andrew Luck more than ever. (Deseret News)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Oregon's off-the-field issues and Stanford's new coach could give another Pac-12 North team a chance to rise to the top of the division. A very small chance. (FOX Sports West)

Boise State's first season in the Mountain West will not be a cakewalk. 
Because Stewart Mandel said so. (

Ace in the Hole. 
Utah's will get help navigating the somewhat terra incognita of the Pac-12 from offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who was OC at both USA and UCLA. (KTVX)

That uneasy feeling.
BYU's non-football coaches are felling a little verklempt about joining the West Coast Conference while the football team goes independent. (Deseret News)

Cougars vs. Utes is all the buzz in Utah. 
With Utah now in the Pac-12, and BYU as independent, the Sept. 17 rivalry game between the two schools is becoming a highly anticipated game. At least in The Beehive State. (Deseret News)

Will Larry Scott save the NCAA, or destroy it?
The Pac-12's Commissioner Larry Scott is seen as the man who could someday lead the NCAA. If the doesn't get the major conferences together to rebel against it, that is. (SB Nation Bay Area)

Worth the wait. 
The Golden Bears may have to wait for Memorial Stadium's renovations to be completed in 2012, but Cal's brand new Student-Athlete High Performance Center will be ready to open in October. (San Jose Mercury News)

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