By Rock Mayock and Special Research Assistant Lina 12:00 a.m. | Well boys and girls, it’s that time of year again. The dogs days of summer are winding down and the cool autumn breeze of the college football season will soon swirl around us. As the FOOTBALLPHDS prepare for our weekend binge eating at the Tilted Kilt, it is mandatory that our resident PAC-12 experts, Rock Mayock and Special Research Assistant Lina, issue their preseason PAC-12 predictions. Who will be champs and who will be chumps? Only expert analysis can tell.
By Pac-12 Research Assistant Lina 10:30 p.m. | Hey boys, it’s Lina! What’s up?!? Mayock has put me on lock down for the past two months in preparation of the start of the 2013 Pac-12 season. The good news is that I put together TONS of notes on the champs and chumps of the conference. The bad news is that Stanton and EJ used my notes to smoke a giant bag of alexganga’s special OG Kush they got from the Anaheim Kush Expo. Thanks assholes, you didn’t even save some for me! Now I have to go to tomorrow’s Pac-12 Media Day being held at the Sony Pictures’ studio lot. Parking is a bitch there and I’m only getting good eats if I hit Culver City early enough to get after some Café Laurent on Overland and Braddock.
By Rock Mayock 11:00 p.m. | In the world of sports there are two kinds of transition seasons, reloading and rebuilding. Without a doubt 2012 will be a rebuilding season for second year head coach Jon Embree. Injuries and personnel turnover have decimated an already thin roster. Will the storm clouds of failure finally break along the peaks of the majestic Rocky Mountains? Let’s look at what Embree will be dealing with.
By Rock Mayock 1:30 p.m. | The start of a new football season in Berkeley means only one thing: When does the “Will Jeff Tedford Get Fired Watch” begin. Although extremely cynical, the Tedford Watch is not without merit. The past 8 years in Berkeley have been excruciating to watch. So much hope, so many good prospects but it never translates on the field. Will 2012 be any different? Let’s take a look at the prospects.
By Rock Mayock 10:45 p.m. | As we know the 2012 Pac-12 football season starts a month from today on Saturday, September 1, 2012. To prepare our wonderful readers for the season kickoff we will provide a crash course for every Pac-12 team. If time permits we will also offer a Reader’s Digest overview of our other West Coast based conferences, namely the WAC and Mountain West Conferences.
By Rock Mayock 10:54 p.m. | In 2010 outgoing USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett announced his hiring of former USC assistant coach, former Raider’s head coach and then current Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin as Pete Carroll’s successor. At the time the entire land of Troy let out an audible gasp of shock and despair. It’s quite remarkable what a difference two years can make.
By Rock Mayock 11:00 p.m. | The mood around the FOOTBALLPHDS’ office has been festive because today the Pac-12 held its media day at Universal Studios’ Gibson Amphitheatre. Think of media day as the football equivalent of a new teaser trailer for a blockbuster movie. It is designed to whet the appetite of already ravenous college football fans.
By Rock Mayock 12:00 a.m. | A couple of weeks ago The Oracle of Mayock issued his early pre-season favorites to win the 2013 BCS Championship. During my recent visit to Las Vegas I had an opportunity to stop in at the FOOTBALLPHDS’ sports book of choice, the MGM Grand, to assess whether or not The Oracle’s prognostications showed any semblance of promise. Shockingly The Oracle was fairly accurate.