ST. MICHAEL OF TUCSON
In the unlikely event you're ever asked to define the word 'disingenuous,' I suggest you refer to these comments by Mike Stoops. Stoops called out Oregon by name and implied that other Pac-10 programs engaged in "negative recruiting." Hmmm, when was the last time a conference coach played the negative card against his rivals? That's right, the year was 2002 and the coach was Rick Neuheisel, himself a paragon of virtue and maturity. Slick Rick and Mad Mike are pots of the same color, indeed.
Stoops even implies that Oregon is desperate for recruits since the Cats beat them 37-10 in Eugene last season. I can just see Phil Knight on his emerald throne barking orders at his swooshed underlings: "Top 10 class? Fine, but just be sure that you steal some of Arizona's recruits!" Laughable. The author suggests that Stoops is also angry at Tedford, though he never directly refers to Cal.
Negative recruiting? I think Mike's done enough of that himself by losing six coaches this offseason. That's probably Bellotti's fault, too. But the piece de resistance is this quote, which actually came out of Mike Stoops' mouth:
"Your character and what you stand for is way, way more important. If you don't have a conscience, you are not going to last at this level of competition.''Call him St. Michael, the patron saint of clean living and honest recruiting. We'll remember this quote, Your Holiness, when the NCAA fixes the probation shackles to your pudgy wrists. Or on the occasion of your next DUI arrest - whichever comes first. Have fun with your new coaching staff.