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  • Leave Vontaze Burfict alone!

    Note from the author: the column you are about to read was not easy for me to write. As an Arizona fan and alum I die a little inside every time I defend anything related to Arizona State, but my duty as a columnist pushed me to this point. I’m sorry, Wilbur. This has not […]
  • Osweiler: ‘We’re right where we want to be’

    The expectations were high for ASU coming into the season. Now seven games in to the 2011 campaign, those expectations remain unchanged. “The way I see it in my eyes is we’re in first place in the Pac-12 South,” said quarterback Brock Osweiler. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win the […]
  • Is Whiz on the hot seat?

    How long does the goodwill of taking a historically bad franchise to within 157 seconds of winning a championship last? That seems to be the question a lot of people are asking when it comes to the job security of Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt. As the Cardinals prepare for a visit from the […]
  • Arizona Wildcats ranked 16th in initial coaches poll

    The first ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll has been released, and the Arizona Wildcats find themselves ranked 16th. Arizona, which made it to the Elite 8 last season before losing to eventual champion UConn, returns much of the same squad minus two starters — one of whom went to the NBA. The loss of leading scorer […]
  • ESPN’s Bob Davie calls Vontaze Burfict a distraction

    Arizona State University’s middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict is picking up the critics at an extraordinary rate. Count ESPN NCAA football analyst Bob Davie as another analyst who calls Burfict’s on-field antics a distraction that is causing his NFL draft stock to fall quickly. “I’m just basing it on what I see from a productivity standpoint […]
  • Is Rich Rodriguez a top candidate for Arizona?

    The Arizona Wildcats are getting some national attention these days. Not for their play on the field, but because of the potential they offer a future head coach. Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf asked ESPN analyst Dave Pasch what people are saying about the school’s vacancy. “Arizona has come up in conversation because there […]
  • Super Bowl rematch? Not quite

    What’s the first thing that goes through your mind when you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers playing the Arizona Cardinals? If you’re a Cardinals fan, you’ll undoubtedly be besieged by images of Steeler receiver Santonio Holmes tip-toeing in the corner of the end zone in front of three helpless Cardinal defenders for Pittsburgh’s game-winning touchdown […]
  • DDB: Maloney analyzes first five games

    GLENDALE – So, what do we know about the 2011-12 Coyotes after five games? Certainly there have been some highs and some lows already in the young season. I asked General Manager Don Maloney what he thought on Wednesday after the team’s practice inside Arena. “We’ve seen some extremes, that’s for sure,” Maloney said. […]
  • Kolb: ‘We’re all seeing it more and more clearly’

    They are not the best. They are not the worst. They are average, literally. The Cardinals passing attack through the first six weeks of the season ranks 16th out of 32 teams in yards (237.2) per game. That though—at least according to quarterback Kevin Kolb, is about to change. “Our last three or four practices […]
  • ESPN insider: Arizona job a ‘hidden jewel’

    Few will doubt the assertion that whoever the next football coach is at the University of Arizona will inherit a better situation than his predecessor did. The Wildcats, after all, have gone to a bowl game three straight years (though the streak is likely to end this season), and has some talent spread throughout the […]
  • ESPN Insider: Burfict the most overrated player

    Even though Arizona State has a winning record and is on track to be the first Pac-12 South champ, linebacker Vontaze Burfict just can’t catch a break. The linebacker had four solo tackles but committed two personal foul penalties in Saturday’s 41-27 loss to the Oregon Ducks. Although Burfict is no stranger to the personal […]
  • Foles named Golden Arm finalist

    University of Arizona quarterback Nick Foles, who is enjoying a stellar statistical season despite his team’s dismal 1-5 record, has been named as one of ten finalists for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the nation’s outstanding senior quarterback. Foles currently ranks 2nd in the nation in yards passing with 2,255 while […]
  • Cardinals struggles on D not due to lack of blitzing

    When Ray Horton took over as defensive coordinator he promised to bring pressure on a consistent basis. While the defense as a whole has been largely ineffective, Horton himself has kept to his word. According to Mike Sando’s ESPN NFC West Blog, the Cardinals get sacks twice as frequently when sending five or more rushers, […]
  • Greg Byrne narrows Arizona coaching list down to…100?

    If Arizona AD Greg Byrne has been clear about one thing with regards to his search for the team’s next football coach, it’s that he won’t divulge any information before he has to. Essentially, we won’t find out who his choices are until THE choice is made. That doesn’t mean there won’t be speculation, though, […]
  • The Kish Debut and Week 8 in the Pac-12

    The Arizona Wildcats and their athletic director, Greg Byrne, ran out of patience with their 8-year head coach Mike Stoops following a 1-5 start and a stretch of ten straight losses by the ‘Cats to FBS teams. Now, in week eight of Pac-12 play, we see the debut of interim head coach Tim Kish in […]
  • This is not Arizona’s first rodeo with an interim coach

    Mid-season coaching changes may not be the norm for college sports, but it’s not exactly foreign territory for the Arizona Wildcats. You see, the last time UA fired its head football coach was September 28, 2003, as they said goodbye to John Mackovic and hello to interim coach Mike Hankwitz. The defensive coordinator, Hankwitz took […]
  • Pittsburgh West? Many Cardinals have Steelers ties

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are a familiar team to many on the Arizona Cardinals staff. The Cardinals feature four players and seven coaches who at one point used to either play or coach for Sunday’s opponent. Here’s the list of all the former Steelers that are now employed by the Cards. The Coaches • Ken Whisenhunt […]
  • ASU — surprise, surprise — is getting healthy

    This season the news has been mostly bad for ASU on the injury front, but that may be changing soon. The pendulum, it appears, is slowly swinging towards good news for the Sun Devils. “Yeah, finally,” said head coach Dennis Erickson. “It’s been awhile.” For starters, defensive end Junior Onyeali (knee) is expected to return […]
  • Off the Ice: Defense-first just isn’t working

    When you look at the numbers, the Phoenix Coyotes and their defense-first emphasis seems to be working really well. They have allowed just as many goals as they have scored (16) and have slightly less shots than their opponents (151 to 156) in the first five games. But their record doesn’t back the numbers, as […]
  • Fitz definitely on Tomlin’s radar

    Every team that is preparing to play the Arizona Cardinals devises a plan to contain Larry Fitzgerald. Few accomplish this. Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin is quite aware of No. 11 in red and white heading into Sunday’s game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. After all, it was Fitzgerald who scored two […]