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Seattle Times Columnist Exposes Mediocre Sark (aka "Seven Win Steve")

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Five years ago, if Washington had hired the best assistant from the staff of, say, Texas, and he’d gone 24-21 in league games at the UW, does he get a sniff from the Trojans? Or think about it like this: In the Apple Cup the other day, Washington State was at its own 28 with 5½ minutes left, down 20-17. If it had driven the length of the field, scored and won the game, and the Huskies go 4-5 in the league, can USC hire Sarkisian? If it can, then John McKay, John Wayne and Howard Jones just flinched, in unison, in their graves.

Bud Withers (The Seattle Times)

John Wilner highlights tough choice for Haden and Southern Cal

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Steve Lavin problem of the century: USC athletic director Pat Haden.

I saw Haden in the Coliseum tunnel after the game and his elation was unmistakable, but the pressure to make Orgeron the permanent coach is mounting by the win. John Wilner at College Hotline

Depth issue - not an excuse for the Trojans

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With the exception of one snap for Torin Harris, the USC defense featured only 12 players over 60 minutes. Clancy Pendergast swapped NG Antwaun Woods and S Dion Bailey in-and-out depending on the down-and-distance, but the other 10 starters never came off the field despite the grueling, physical nature of the battle.

The Ripsit Blog (Southern Cal's official site).

"Inside UCLA" Notes: Big ups to Bruins' rushing defense

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UCLA did well against running back Bishop Sankey, holding the Doak Walker semifinalist to 91 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries (3.4 yards on average). The junior’s longest run went for just nine yards. He leads the country with 17 runs of at least 20 yards, and has two 50-yard runs.

Jack Wang (Inside UCLA).

Do Bruins still have a "Malibu mentality" under Mora?

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[I]f UCLA coach Jim Mora hoped his Bruins would be spitting mad after losing their last two, he wound up getting mad. The Bruins opened the game with some of that Malibu mentality that plagued them in some of their mediocre past.

John Henderson, Denver Post. [Emphasis ours]

Noel Mazzone - Clueless in Palo Alto

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"I should've come back with Malcolm more," he said. "We should've run the ball more today."

Noel Mazzone after an inept offensive Bruin showing in Palo Alto. (ESPN)

Live Blogging From Pauley

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Live UPDATES from today's basketball open practice at Pauley.

"National Brotherhod of Hardwood Workers" - That was the poster handed out before practice with Wear Twins and Norman Powell on it.

The Morgan Center thinks Anthony Barr plays on offense

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"Can the Bruin offense, led by Hundley and Barr, control possession and outgain Oregon to upset the Ducks on their home field?"

The quote above is from an email I received about the Bruin Bash pre-game party in Eugene next week before the Oregon game.

UCLA @ The Furd Game Time Announced

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The game times and TV networks for Pac-12 football on October 19 have been finalized, the Conference announced today. The eighth Saturday of the season will feature six games across Pac-12 Networks, ESPN/ABC and FOX Sports 1. Charleston Southern at Colorado, 11am PT/Noon MT, Pac-12 Networks UCLA at Stanford, 12:30 pm PT, ABC Regional/ESPN2 mirror Washington at Arizona State, 3pm PT, Pac-12 Networks Washington State at Oregon, 7pm PT, FOX Sports 1 Utah at Arizona, 7pm PT/8pm MT, Pac-12 Networks Oregon State at California, 7:30pm PT, ESPN2 or ESPNU (network will be announced next weekend)

http://pac-12.com/article/2013/10/09/pac-12-releases-game-times-october-19

Ethical Pat on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee?

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CBSSports.com and the Associated Press, citing unnamed sources, reported that USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is expected to be selected to the College Football Playoff selection committee. The committee will include 12 to 18 members....

http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/usc/la-sp-1004-usc-football-20131004,0,3366426.story#axzz2glhhQ3fC
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