A couple of things on the Pac-10 coaches conference call I thought some of you might find interesting:
— First, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was asked about the Oregon-Washington rivalry, for the obvious reason that he has some experience about it, and said this:
“There is no love lost, that would be the way to say it. It’s for the fans more so than the respective teams. I think the teams have respect for one another and do things in the correct way and so forth. But the fans, there is some raw animosity, and I don’t know exactly why other than that it goes back to when maybe the Huskies were kind of the dominant team in the Northwest and Oregon had been taking it for a while and obviously with the resurgence of Oregon football the last 15 years and what has taken place there they relish in the fact that they have now kind of flipped the switch on that rivalry and now it’s an wound, I’ll tell you that.
— Next, Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson talked about the last play of the Husky game as well as Vontaze Burfict and his three personal fouls in the first half Saturday:
Of the TD he said:
“Nobody expects it to go like it went. But what we called is just ran two verticals and two comebacks and depending on what coverage they were in, and they were in cover three, Danny (QB Danny Sullivan) basically read the safety and what happened, happened. My thought was to try to throw the comeback and try to get into position to let the kicker kick a field goal.”
As for Burfict, he said that the personal fouls would be addressed:
“Of course. We had them in the first half. A lot of things were involved in that, the emotions of the game and things that happened. He’ll have that under control. But I’ll take his energy any day of the week.”