Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Unquiet on the Western Front: Mike Leach's celebrity, Lane Kiffin, playoff announcement fallout, 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.)

Mike Leach's Celebrity Skin. 
Bryan Floyd looks at the celeberity status of first-year Washington State Mike Leach. (CougCenter)

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kiffin!
Michael Weinreb gives USC head football coach Lane Kiffin a profile as only Grantland can provide, complete with obligatory footnotes. (Grantland)

USC will benefit from the new playoff system. 
Because Joey Kaufman said so. (Pacific Takes)

Least shocking news of the day.
The BCS shoots down the Mountain West conference's big for automatic qualifier status. (The Idaho Statesman)

All is not lost.
Boise State chances for that elusive "national title" are still alive with the new playoff deal. Because Brian Murphy said so. (The Idaho Statesman)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
One Bronco Nation Under God makes an argument for why Boise St. should stay in the MWC. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Paradis By the Dashboard Light.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise St. OL Matt Paradis. (OBNUG)

Boise State player profile no. 2.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise St. offensive lineman Steven Baggett. (OBNUG)

Take it to Eubank.
Brad Denny interviews Arizona State quarterback Michael Eubank, who is in a three-man competition for the Sun Devil starting QB job with Mike Bercovici and Taylor Kelly. (House of Sparky)

ASU recruiting news. 
Arizona high school rising senior tight end Grant Martinez commits to Arizona State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Arizona Republic)

The high cost of losing.
The five-game losing streak that marred ASU's 2011 season possibly cost the school "a figure well into seven figures" according to a now-former ASU associate athletics director. (The Arizona Republic)

Wogan's Run.
North Carolina HSRS punter Matt Wogan commits to Oregon's 2013 recruiting class. (The Oregonian)

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