Quotables: ASU’s Dennis Erickson and Thomas Weber

Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson’s Opening Statement: “The biggest change, and the thing that is exciting for me, is how much better we’ll be on offense. We’re doing a lot of different things: four-wide a little more, no-huddle. It was a lot of fun in the Spring for us.”

Erickson on the East Coast swing: “I thought it was really good. We got to spend time with the media there, got to go to the New York Times, which I read quite often. It made an impact; people know who we were.”

Erickson on having quarterback issues: “We had Rudy the first two years, and he was pretty good, particularly the first year. When he left, we were in between. Now that we’ve recruited Brock Osweiler and Steven Threet, we feel good about where we’re at.”

Erickson on the team’s imbalance: “We have not been good on offense. When you’re one or two on defense, but you finish ninth on offense, you have to correct that. That’s the difference between us being a really good football team and an average football team.”

Erickson on the Pac-12: “I like it. Bringing Utah and Colorado in brings in two great TV markets. I like the idea of splitting into two divisions. College football is all about big games. To have that at the end of the year is very exciting, and obviously will be a national game, which is important for the league.”

ASU kicker Thomas Weber on his recovery: “At first when I got injured, I just wanted to do whatever I could for the turn. After the season, I gave myself some time to rest, but I got right back after it.”

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Quotables: WSU’s Paul Wulff and Kevin Kooyman

Washington State coach Paul Wulff’s opening statement:
“We feel we’re a very young football team, but we have a quite a bit of experience. I think you’ll find a dramatic improvement in our football team. You’ll see a surprise team this year out of Washington State. We’ve been building this football team the right way.”

Wulff on Jeff Tuel: “Of course, we’re very high on Jeff. Jeff came in a year agho, this teme he was about 190 pounds, he’s now 214-215 pounds. He’s gotten bigger and stronger. Unlike a lot of freshman who came in last year and came in and January, Jeff came in August. We threw him to the wolves. Heading into his second year, I feel Jeff is every bit where those (former WSU stars) were.”

Wulff on the East Coast Pac-10 swing: “All the head coaches, you find out they’re actually pretty good guys. We had some good bonding time out there. Just to be able to be there physically and get eye-to-eye contact with the media, I think they were excited by that. They felt honored. Wow this is a unique opportunity for them, to have us in their backyward. We’re nowhere near where we need to be, but without question, we gained respect.”

WSU defensive end Kevin Kooyman on being picked 10th for the third straight year: “The last two serasons have been pretty rough. We’ve been picked 10th the last two years, and this year. You have to ignore it. This year, we’re going to shock some people. We don’t care about the rankings. It’s more of a distraction, and you have to ignore it.”

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At the Rose Bowl

I’m down here at the Rose Bowl for the West Coast version of the Pac-10 media day. Rick Neuheisel and Rahim Moore are down here representing the Bruins, and I’ll have some videos up later.

That’s right, folks, the newest addition to the Inside UCLA team: The Flip Cam.

Rather than transcribing quotes for the blog, I’ll be posting more and more videos, bringing you closer and closer to the Bruins. Hope you enjoy…

Thanks
Jon

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Love, Westbrook among 15 Team USA finalists

FROM UCLA:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 28, 2010) — Following four days of training and an intra-squad exhibition game that were held July 19-24 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced that 15 players had been selected as finalists for the 2010 USA World Championship Team.

Named as finalists for the USA World Championship Team were Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler(Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

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Cole leads Team USA past Chinese Taipei

FROM UCLA:

UCLA rising junior right-hander Gerrit Cole allowed one run (unearned) and two hits through four pre-determined innings to earn his second victory in as many starts this summer, leading the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team past Chinese Taipei, 6-3, at Hsinchuang Field on Tuesday.

Cole (2-0) struck out four batters and issued two walks in this third appearance – his second start – of the summer. He improved his career record to 6-0 with Team USA. The right-hander from Santa Ana, Calif., has logged a 0.75 ERA, totaling 13 strikeouts and two walks in 12.0 innings for the Collegiate National Team in 2010.

In Team USA’s 6-3 win over Chinese Taipei, catcher Pete O’Brien (Bethune Cookman) belted his fourth home run of the summer and drove in two runs, going 2-for-4 with one run. O’Brien’s fielder’s choice RBI in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie, as Team USA led the rest of the way.
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Pomee officially uncommitted to UCLA

The saga of Junior Pomee continues.
The Rancho Verde tight end – profile here – who verbally committed to UCLA on July 1 after almost doing the same to Arizona, was wowed by his recent attendance at Florida’s camp, and is now very high on the Gators.
I spoke with him for a few moments yesterday, but he was just getting home from the funeral of a teammate, and I wasn’t going to push for answers. I’ll try to reach him again tonight.

To be honest, I think this is a case of a kid being allured by the hoopla and attention, and the buzz on Pomee has certainly soared. He went from legit offers from Idaho and Nevada to being courted by Florida. We’ll see how it all works out, but I wouldn’t write him off just yet.

*Special props to Bruinbeatch, who called this basically the day after Pomee verbally committed to UCLA.

*I took out the reference to Uko’s dad, which was supposed to be Uko’s coach, a reference to a failed interview attempt last November with a few blog readers. My apologies.

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UCLA hoops schedule changed

UCLA has slightly altered its men’s basketball schedule, switching Arizona State to Thursday Feb. 24 and Arizona to Saturday Feb. 26., and Arizona to Jan. 27 and ASU to Jan. 29.

Also, UCLA’s game at California has been switched from Saturday to Sunday Feb. 20.

Thu., Nov. 4 Westmont College (Exhibition)
Tue., Nov. 9 Cal State Los Angeles (Exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 12 Cal State Northridge
Mon., Nov. 15 NIT Season Tip-Off Regionals
Tue, Nov. 16 NIT Season Tip-Off Regionals
Wed., Nov. 17 NIT Season Tip-Off Regionals
Mon., Nov. 22 NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Rounds
Tue., Nov. 23 NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Rounds
Wed., Nov. 24 NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals (New York)
Fri., Nov. 26 NIT Season Tip-Off Finals (New York)
Thu., Dec. 2 at Kansas (Pac-10/Big 12 Series)
Sun., Dec. 5 Montana
Sat., Dec. 11 Cal Poly
Mon., Dec. 13 UC Davis
Sat., Dec. 18 @ Wooden Classic (BYU)
Tue., Dec. 21 Montana State
Thu., Dec. 23 UC Irvine
Wed., Dec. 29 Washington State
Fri., Dec. 31 Washington
Sun., Jan. 9 @ USC
Thu., Jan. 13 @ Oregon State
Sat., Jan. 15 @ Oregon
Thu., Jan. 20 California
Sat., Jan. 22 Stanford
Thu., Jan. 27 @ Arizona
Sat., Jan. 29 @ Arizona State
Wed., Feb. 2 USC
Sat., Feb. 5 St. John’s
Thu., Feb. 10 Oregon
Sat., Feb. 12 Oregon State
Thu., Feb. 17 @ Stanford
Sun., Feb. 20 @ California
Thu., Feb. 24 Arizona State
Sat., Feb. 26 Arizona
Thu., Mar. 3 @ Washington
Sat., Mar. 5 @ Washington State
Mar. 9 – Mar. 12 Pac-10 Tournament @ Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 17 – Mar. 20 NCAA First and Second Round
Mar. 24 – Mar. 27 NCAA Regional
Apr. 2 & Apr. 4 NCAA Final Four

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