Under Pressure

A Pac-10 coach said today that the loser of the Rose Bowl will have a lot of explaining to do in the offseason.
“Both teams have a lot at stake. Someone will have a tough offseason losing to their crosstown rival and a bowl game. it’s like playing a bowl game against Fresno State and losing.
“Michigan feels like they can’t afford to lose. Both teams are like `we can’t lose.’ ”

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Another Transfer?

USC defensive tackle Walker Lee Ashley has left the football program and is trying to decide whether to return.
“He left, USC coach Pete Carroll said. “Im not sure if hes coming back. Its not finalized. I did talk to his dad and were trying to figure out the best thing for him.
Ashley denied earlier this month he would transfer to Minnesota, which is where he was raised.
“I have no idea where it came from, Ashley said. “Im cool right here. It was all just rumors.

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We’ve Heard This Before

Could this actually be the time linebacker Clay Matthews get his first start with Dallas Sartz not 100 percent? In the past, it’s been hinted that Matthews would start, only for Sartz or whoever else he replaced getting healthy in time to play.
“I think they are unsure (about Sartz), Matthews said. “I guess I would be the next linebacker but well see when game time comes around. I cant really expect anything.

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