During one of the few times a Pac-10 school appears on ESPN (UCLA played Youngstown State last night) it was evident that no one at the World Wide Leader in Sports watches any West Coast games except Steve Lavin.
The following are real comments the ESPN studio analysts (Jay Bilas and Hubert Davis) had at halftime.
1. Asked to pick the sleeper team from the Pac-10, Bilas picks Washington State. Keep in mind, the Cougars were picked to finish second in the Pac-10 this year. They return every key player except one and they made it to the second round of the tournament last year after winning 26 games. Way to go out on a limb with this one Jay.
2. Not to be outdone, former Carolina great Davis picks Arizona as the sleeper team. The same Arizona who has been the lone team to consistently play a real national schedule and actually appear on Dick Vitale's radar once in a while.
Here's what Davis had to say: "They hired Kevin O'Connor, a defensive minded coach. He's now the interim coach right now while Lute Olson is out. But this is a guy who's gonna get everybody on the same page defensively. When you look at Arizona last year I think half the guys were playing for Arizona and the other half were playing for the NBA."
Well at least the last part is accurate. It'd help to know that the defensive minded coach in this case is Kevin O'Neill.
And then also:
I ran my first competitive race since the eighth grade on Sunday. Surprisingly I, along with three of my friends who ran, did very well in the 10k race. The adrenaline was in full effect.
I finished 61st out of more than 400 people with a time of 47:02 (about 7:35 a mile).
Here are the results.
O'Neill said Lute Olson should "be back shortly" at yesterday's press conference. The problem: he said the same thing last week.