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Rodriguez basking in Arizona warmth

TUCSON, Ariz. – He comes off without a hint of I-told-you-so. Well, maybe a hint. But Rich Rodriguez has gone on a career path that has labeled him from offensive guru and genius to idiot, and now, as Arizona’s football coach, back again. In fact, the University of Texas sent an assistant coach to his...
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Seattle’s Earl Thomas makes Seahawks defense work

RENTON, Wash. – Questions like this make Earl Thomas uncomfortable. The confidence he shows on the field takes a backseat when Seattle’s star free safety is asked if he is the reason the Seahawks work defensively – even more so than their brash cornerbacks, more so than their talented linebackers or pass rushers. It’s natural...
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QB Mariota set to add leadership to his skillset

EUGENE, Ore. – Marcus Mariota is planning to take on more than just a few extra pounds this season. Oregon’s softspoken quarterback, who bulked up with 12 pounds of muscle over the summer, says he’s ready to break out and become a more vocal leader of the Ducks in his sophomore year. ”I have really...
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Avril returns to practice for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. – First slowed by foot problems during offseason workouts, and then a hamstring, Cliff Avril was just happy to be feeling well enough to get on the field for a short time. ”Definitely not how I wanted to start out here,” Avril said. ”It’s part of football. Things happen. For me it’s just...
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Dykes searches for right QB in year 1 at Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. – The first major question Sonny Dykes must answer as football coach at California is the same one that bedeviled his predecessor Jeff Tedford in his final years as Golden Bears coach. Tedford’s inability to find and develop a top quarterback after Aaron Rodgers left for the NFL following the 2004 season ultimately...
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Huskies come home expecting better than 7 wins

SEATTLE – In some fashion, Keith Price and his teammates have been reminded every day of what 2012 could have been for Washington. The reminders showed how the Huskies were so close to taking that next step in the progression most expected when Steve Sarkisian took over, finally leaving behind the seven-win plateau, only to...
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49ers’ Dobbs suspended for Week 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs said he agrees with the NFL’s decision to suspend him for one game without pay for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy that happened last season. He must sit out the team’s Week 1 game against Green Bay. Dobbs said he has...
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49ers defense eager to face Chiefs QB Alex Smith

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps, the stingy San Francisco defense never got to put a hit on Alex Smith. And this is a group known for its vicious blows, from sack man Aldon Smith at linebacker to pounding safety Donte Whitner. So, no surprise Smith’s former teammates...
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Oregon moves on without Chip Kelly

EUGENE, Ore. – Chip Kelly may have left the Ducks to try his breakneck offense in the NFL, but he left Oregon in great shape. The Ducks, who finished last season ranked No. 2 in the final AP Top 25, shouldn’t stagnate under new coach Mark Helfrich, the team’s offensive coordinator who is obviously acquainted...
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Utah goes up-tempo with Erickson’s help

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham believes his quarterback position may be settled for the first time in several seasons. The Utes have struggled with injuries and the right fit at QB since 2008. But this season, Travis Wilson is the undisputed starter going into the opener – and hopefully for the year. ”One of the...
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