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"Once again.. #NerdNation @StanfordFball"
— Doug Baldwin (@DougBaldwinJr), Seattle Seahawk and former
Hot off the presser
"You know what happened, the other night I came home and I just kind of sat there and stared at the wall and I guess it was on and I just watched it and I just kept replaying it in my mind."
— Charlie Strong,
Strong was surrounded by players showing support at his Monday news conference after a 24-21 loss at
"Another coach in the conference sent me a text message when I first got the job and it said, 'Congratulations and condolences,' so there you go."
— Mark Helfrich,
Helfrich kept his tone lighthearted when asked this week if he was having fun as the Ducks’ coach. “Sunshine and rainbows,” he said. Hardly. The Ducks stopped their tailspin with a last-second upset of No. 12
Fresh out the Pac
It's come down to the final weekend in the Pac-12 to determine which teams make a trip to the conference title game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara next week.
No. 5 Washington and No. 23 Washington State will play in the Apple Cup on Friday to determine the North Division champion. The Huskies (10-1, 7-1), have won their last seven games against the Cougars (8-3, 7-1).
"They get the rivalry. They get that we're playing a heck of a team in a really hostile situation," said Huskies Coach Chris Petersen, whose team needs a victory to stay in the College Football Playoff hunt.
No. 9 Colorado and No. 22 Utah will face off in the South Division. If the Utes pull an upset, it actually will be a bigger victory for No. 12 USC, which would clinch the South title by tiebreaker because it defeated Colorado in October.
The NCAA got it wrong. Again.
It was announced this week that
The Fighting Irish have been forced to vacate their perfect 12-0 season in 2012 that led to a matchup against Alabama in the national championship game, plus nine victories in 2013.
Several players were suspended during the 2014 season as a result of a school investigation, and that should have been enough.
Rewriting the record books doesn't change the outcome of any game played in those seasons by the Irish, and it shouldn't.
The NCAA would be better served by forcing a school to create more measures to ensure academic integrity. It would be time better spent than littering program guides with meaningless asterisks.