Links at Lunch: Mike Stoops Ill-Fated Tenure, USC at Cal, Covering The Crimson Tide


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The dismissal of Mike Stoops as Arizona’s head football coach was the climax of a tumultuous and unlucky tenure, as examined at Pacific Takes. Stoops’ abrupt firing despite a program-best three straight bowls loudly declares athletic director Greg Byrne expects greatness in Tucson. Yours truly broke down the road map for success at UA, via AZDesertSwarm. The writers there are doing a great job breaking down the situation, including a review of the Stoops’ era via Kevin Zimmerman, and important historical lesson on what preceded the doomed head coach.

  • UA Pac-12 partner USC seeks to avoid its own bout of misfortune when it plays Cal in the Thursday primetime showcase. Thursday nights haven’t been kind to the Trojans, as discussed at The 110 Report. USC pasted Cal a season ago, a rare departure from the exciting contests that made this the most important Pac rivalry of the Aughties. How do these teams stack up this time around? Reign of Troy analyzes.
  • USC has avoided the “overrated” label thus far. Others are not so lucky as you’ll read at
  • Stoops was not the only dismissal this week, as Stephen Garcia failed to make the most of his opportunity at South Carolina. Michael Felder wrote of the Garcia saga at Crystal Ball Run.
  • Wisconsin has the look of a BCS championship contender. Jack Moore at examines UW’s Sagarin positioning.
  • The Badgers are in a position of playing catch-up. Among those UW is looking up at is Alabama, and a new addition to the Fansided Network has the Tide well-covered. analyzes UA vs. Ole Miss statistically, reports on the recruiting trail and even celebrates game day traditions. Great site to add to your daily readings.
  • CAA expert Joe Suhoski has an

    in-depth analysis of the surprising Old Dominion Monarchs

    at VBR-Productions, a must-read for FCS followers.

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  • delivered on the engrossing content it promised upon launch with today’s column about Maurice Clarett, by Maurice Clarett. An excellent read and valuable insight into one of the most fascinating figures in recent college football history.