Spring football: USC's QB battle, more burning Pac-10 questions
That's when the Cardinal took the field for the first day of spring practice, tying Miami for the earliest start of the year. Harbaugh had good reason to thumb his nose at the Weather Channel Industrial Complex. He has devised a schedule that will stretch to the spring game on April 13 and that includes a three-week break after practice No. 8 that will allow players to study for exams (Week 1), take their tests (Week 2) and then blow off some academic steam at Mexican resorts that sell margaritas by the drum (Week 3).
"The philosophy is to get the best team possible to training camp, so it's the model of an NFL minicamp type of setup," Harbaugh said in
Like Harbaugh, we don't need the earth's poles to form a 180-degree angle before we begin asking questions about spring football. The games don't count until September, but the 2009 season begins now.
We all know
The USC quarterback race hasn't been this wide-open since 2003, when
The Pac-10 quarterback derby extends beyond USC, however. At Stanford, two-year incumbent
Not for a while. USC fans flooded my inbox after National Signing Day when I dared suggest UCLA's head-to-head success against the Trojans on the recruiting trail this year portended brighter days for the Bruins. Those fans failed to notice the caveat;
That could be up to first-year Washington coach
Meanwhile, in Pullman, coach
The Beavers have some issues heading into spring practice. Quarterback
That would be Arizona. The Wildcats return 14 starters from a team that went 8-5 and closed the season with a win over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. The only catch? They must find a new quarterback this spring. Sophomore