Don't you just love Pete Carroll? High School Harry, as they call him, but that genuine enthusiasm is infectious. Look at all the talent he gets on a yearly basis, just so much talent in the pipeline it's amazing, and yet all those kids play their butts off for him. He's got "open" Wednesdays in practice, where literally all jobs are up for grabs and the players fight like hell. On Fridays he's got the lineman vs. lineman game, wherever they are, and the only rule is no running plays. I know the Reggie Bush scandal, I know about the Matt Lienart - Dwayne Jarrett free rent deal, but they are the teflon program right now.
And what a perfect situation he's in down there. He's King of the LA football scene, making all that dough and just a complete rock-star coach in every sense of the word. As I told Brinkhater on Sunday, let the NFL rumor mill churn, but he's a complete FOOL if he ever bolts that program. Why walk away from something like that? I guess we all need a challenge in life, a reason to get out of bed in the morning, and there's only so many championships you can win on a lower level before the hunger eats you alive and you have to try on the highest level again. Especially since Carroll already gave it a shot at the NFL, and did an average-at-best job. But he's really a Dennis Erickson if you ask me, a guy who's going to be a hall-of-famer in the college ranks, but doesn't really need to prove himself on the next level.
Anyway, the P-I had some good notes on the ineptness of our '07 defense, so I had to use some of it this AM. Good stuff too. It's especially drastic when you compare where we are today vs. where we used to be, in very recent times as a matter of fact.
I did some housecleaning on the site too. Longball wanted some fresh links, so I've updated them to the right. The Spokesman link now takes you right to SportsLink, and the WSU roster was added as well. Also new is a link to the Pac-10.org stats site, which is an excellent point of reference that is updated by Monday morning at the latest. I removed the Oregon Ducks Wines Family link, as while it's a good site, I don't think any of us were actually reading it. I want to build on the links as well, and maybe we'll feature a Pac-10 section of blog links that hit each Pac-10 team. This thing is always a work in progress, so if there's something you want to see, let us know!
Finally, we're going to start seeing some advertisements hit the site in the next 24-48 hours. Nothing too distracting, and it shouldn't be a bunch of pop-ups or anything like that, but we'll see how it goes. We can always shut them off if they suck or whatever.