Welcome to August....College football camps across the country are about to open and we are only a week away from the opening of camp at Washington. I just started to smell the beginning of football season in the air over the weekend.
Kate and I went up to Door County, Wisconsin to attend a wedding this past weekend and right in the middle of the reception a college football game broke out...well sort of...it was really a halftime spectacular featuring the University of Wisconsin marching band who came to serenade the happy couple.
Even though I am not a Badger fan I have to say that performance was pretty spectacular and right up my alley as far as entertainment goes. We supposedly play the Badgers in Madison sometime around 2017 so I am looking forward to taking in a game with Kate's family. (Oh ya...I have taken quite a bit of crap about Willingham over the years.) They love football in Wisconsin and while the Packers will always be number one the Badgers own the state on Saturday.
I think Vic will stick
LB Vic Aiyewa signed a free agent contract with Tampa Bay where he will join Mason Foster on the roster of the Buc's. Foster has done well enough in camp so far according to reports that he is a favorite to nail down a starting job. I really like Vic's chances of sticking. I think his best years are ahead of him.
CBS Sports says that for Oregon to escape the complete wrath of the NCAA they are going to have to fire head coach Chip Kelly.
Same at Ohio State. Tressel had to be fired. I wrote it on March 21, more than two months before he was finally forced out.
I know it when I see it, and now that Butch Davis is gone, I see only one more big-time college coach out there who has to be fired. Not "might" be fired. Not "could" be fired.
Has to be fired.
Oregon's Chip Kelly. Has to be fired.
Former Husky Olin Kreutz was unable to come to an agreement with the Chicago Bears and the two have parted ways. Seems like they were less than $500,000 away from an agreement and Kreutz decided to bg it and retire.
Kreutz’s tenure with the Bears officially came to an end after general manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith announced that the team would move on without him. The Bears signed ex-Seattle Seahawks center Chris Spencer to a two-year deal as Kreutz’s probable replacement.
Taking the conference by surprise?
Greg Bell from the official UW site says the Huskies are sneaking into the Pac 12 this season which I take to mean being under the radar before the season begins.
Despite a third-place finish in the Pac-10 last season, their first bowl win since 2001 and the media predicting them to finish third this season in the Pac-12 North, the Huskies represented themselves quietly here as the steadily rising program tucked into the conference's upper left corner. Nothing flashy or particularly pithy to see or hear from the purple and gold amid all the glitz in L.A., 39 days before UW's opener against Eastern Washington.
Except, that is, for the continued drumbeat of progress and rise back to the top of the league, evidenced by four consecutive victories to end 2010.
What about Bob?
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times is running a series on the 10 best players on the team. OG Colin Porter is his subject today and he has him tagged at number eight.
At 6-4, 307, he's regarded as maybe the most powerful of Washington's linemen, winning the "Construction Crew'' weight lifting award at the post-season banquet.