CLEANING OUT THE DESK
- Spencer Hawes has arrived. Just in time, too, considering how Gonzaga pantsed the Dawgs earlier this month.
- Oregon's still unbeaten, though we'll see how well their non-con schedule stacks up. Georgetown was thought to be a measuring stick, but the Hoyas have lost to Old Dominion and look to be something of a disappointment.
- Chase Budinger gets the headlines, but Ivan Radenovic is the early MVP for 9-1 Arizona. He had 18 in last night's win over Memphis. Lute is saying nice things in the paper, which spells trouble for the rest of the conference.
- Oh, and we haven't mentioned #1 UCLA. How did the Pac 10 get so good so quickly?
- Dennis Erickson hired Miami's Rich Olson to be ASU's offensive coordinator. He's a known commodity to DE, but the Hurricanes' offense hasn't shown much in recent years. At least the Devils won't run the spread, unlike...
- Arizona, where Sonny Dykes is already installing a version of Mike Leach's Ace Gun, or whatever the hell it's called. Willie Tuitama looks on with a mixture of anticipation and dread.
- If you can stomach it, Oregon and their flaming-bile helmets do battle with the LDSers from BYU tonight in the Vegas Bowl. Aside from the aesthetic vulgarity of the new Duck look, think of the message it sends: "Hey guys, you underachieved all year and as a reward, new helmets!" It's the same mentality that rationalizes churning out glossy comic books for every Duck recruit, personal Playstations, and other ego-stroking goodies. Knight and co. have all the fiscal discipline and common sense of MC Hammer on a coke binge, which would be fine if they could win more than seven games in a season.
- We're down to the Top 10 in the 50 Greatest Golden Bears countdown. A guest column for the first reader who emails us with the correct #1 and #2 choice - firstname.lastname@example.org