Friday, June 29, 2012

Unquiet on the Western Front: Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez on playoffs, recruiting, 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.)
A Pirate Looks at Playoffs. 
Washington St. head football coach Mike Leach on the new playoff system: "Five years ago there wasn't even dialogue about a playoff. Instead of diving in the water, they dipped their toes in. I think it's' going to be ridiculously exciting and it's going to generate a bunch of money. I wish they dived in." (The Eugene Register-Guard)

You're not the only one with mixed emotions. 
Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez chimes in on playoffs as well: ""I may be in the minority. I think we had a pretty good thing going," Rodriguez told the AP. "If it stays at four I think it will be fine. Think it will be pretty exciting." (The Eugene Register-Guard)

The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be.
Despite attempts to preserve the traditional rivalry between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, the Rose Bowl will lose its significance as being the ultimate goal of the Pac-12 schools in the new playoff system. Because Avinash Kunnath said so. (Pacific Takes)

Let's Stay Together. 
The Rose Bowl signs an extension to its deal with ESPN which will keep the bowl on the WWL until 2026. (AP via The Oregonian

Keep hope alive.
BYU HC Bronco Mendenhall wants the annual BYU-Utah rivalry to continue, but says the future of the game ball is in the Utes' court." (The Deseret News)

Hey Porter!
Arizona State running backs coach Larry Porter is eager to finally be able to have all his running backs healthy and on the practice field. (The Arizona Republic)


Making Game Day even more Game Day-ier. 
Arizona State is looking at several proposals to improve the Game Day experience for both fans and players. Ideas include adding grassy areas for tailgating inside Sun Devil Club Plaza, and having former ASU players line up just outside the Tillman Tunnel which links the locker room to the field in Sun Devil Stadium. (The Arizona Republic)

So Important to Me.
Brad Denny gives his list of ASU's "5 Most Important Games of 2012." The in-state rivalry game between ASU and Arizona on November 23 comes out on top. (House of Sparky)

Boise State player profile of the day.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise State offensive guard Brenel Myers. (One Bronco Nation Under God)
 
The other Boise St. player profile of the day.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise St. offensive lineman Adam Sheffield. (OBNUG)


 Come on to the Future. 
Colorado adds a home game with Grambling State in 2015, and a road trip to Michigan in 2016 to its future schedules. (The Denver Post)


Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Oregon State adds a road trip to Michigan in 2015. (Building the Dam)


RECRUITING 

Ray of Light. 
California high school rising senior tight end Ray Hudson commits to Cal's 2013 recruiting class.(California Golden Blogs)


Huskies go JUCO. 
California JUCO cornerback Brandon Bagley signs with Washington State for 2012. (CougCenter)

Boise State recruiting news.
California HSRS tight end Mat Boesen commits to Boise State's 2013 recruiting class. (One Bronco Nation Under God)


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