No football today, but we will be out at the baseball game vs. the nation’s top-ranked team, Arizona State. The temperature should be somewhere around 43 degrees for the 5:30 start tonight, which should be somewhat of a shock to the Sun Devils’ system. But before we set our sights on baseball, let’s cover the football links and notes. We have both, so read on.
• We had our story in today’s S-R, along with some more practice notes on last night’s blog post. And that’s about all the free Cougar stuff we can pass along. Though we missed Ted Miller’s WSU mention earlier this week, so we’ll catch up with that. … As we’ve noted earlier, with an experienced group back, Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has decided to add another level of complexity to the Duck D. … USC quarterback Matt Barkley decided to keep it simple this offseason, at least in the dining room. He lost 10 pounds. … Arizona State is counting on an oft-injured offensive lineman to stay healthy and contribute this fall. … Such is not the case at UCLA, where receiver Josh Smith has a torn ligament in his knee. … There was no injury, but UW has already lost basketball player Clarence Trent, who found out football wasn’t for him. … One basketball note. Want more money as a coach? Just make sure your name is mentioned in connection with the Oregon job. Another coach gets an extension and a raise after the Ducks make inquiries. This time it is Butler’s Brad Stevens. So where does Oregon go from here?
• That’s all we can pass on this morning. We’ll be back if news warrants and with our baseball story late this evening. Until then …