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These tweeting 20 will you keep you entertained and educated about Pac-12 football
It's time for everyone to shed their east-coast bias once and for all and admit that they play good football out on the left coast (even if some of the games don't even start until after your bedtime). With its emphasis on offense, the Pac-12 might even be the most action-packed league in the land. Heck, Oregon might just be the most influential team in college football over the last five years — from their fast-break offense to their godawful uniform choices.
Anyone who wants a front-row seat for the happenings out west needs to follow these 20 Pac-12 insiders.
A blogger for the Mercury News, Jon Wilner covers the Pac-12 with a special emphasis on the Bay Area teams, which means that his Super Bowl is this week.
Cal and Stanford football: Big Game in October? What the heck …: * Grades for the Bay Area schools are coming in... bit.ly/Wn2ZAF— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 15, 2012
Lya's on the Ute beat for the Salt Lake Tribune. Her bio says she also covers gymnastics and is a health and fitness writer and trainer and avid mountain biker. In other words, she could probably kick your ass, so if you criticize her coverage, do it anonymously.
Whittingham: We are closer than people think we are— Lya Wodraska (@LyaWodraska) October 15, 2012
Chris Foster is the LA Times' UCLA beat writer and dispenses nuggets from Bruin-land. As you would expect from a school with 11 national titles, he leans basketball in his tweet count.
Sign that Pauley Pavilion work at #UCLA is nearly done. Only 5 port-a-potties left. It was double figures last week.— chris foster (@cfosterlatimes) October 18, 2012
Kyle has the sad task of covering the dying days of the Jon Embree regime at Colorado, but at least he's doing it in the beautiful environs of Boulder. It'll be getting cold soon, though.
Doug covers Arizona State for azcentral sports. Things are looking up in the Valley of the Sun, and Doug's on the front lines.
Former ASU coach Dennis Erickson tells Seattle Times, Todd Graham "has done a heck of a job coaching." bit.ly/Qs8Mlf— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) October 17, 2012
Ryan says he covers Arizona football "sideline to sideline and goal-line to goal-line." That's pretty comprehensive coverage. He backs it up with links, retweets and observations from RichRod Central.
Hall hasn't been seen at practice for about a month. Rodriguez assumes he's rehabbing on his own. #arizonawildcats— Ryan Finley (@ryan_finley) October 11, 2012
Paul Buker bills himself as a 35-year veteran at The Oregonian, meaning that he's lived through the lowest of lows and appreciates the highs in the Pacific Northwest. Funny guy, too.
6:33 a.m. in bullet riddled Sellwood, and we're selflessly climbing out of bed to do the Pac-12 rundown. ..Can't buy that kind of dedication— Paul Buker (@Pnbuker) October 18, 2012
Christian covers the Washington State Cougars for the Spokesman-Review, meaning that he's got one of the best jobs in college sports: chronicling the eccentricities and outbursts of Coogs coach Mike Leach.
Wondering who wins in a fight between "fragile little receivers" and "fat little girlfriends."— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) October 16, 2012
Kyle is a 49ers beat writer for CBSSports.com but also covers Stanford for @stanfordrivals.com. He handles both chores on one feed, with plenty of general sports chat and current events thrown in.
David Shaw on timing of Big Game vs Cal: "I don't like it, I think it's weird ..... but, hey, it's Big Game week."— Kyle Bonagura (@KyleBonagura) October 15, 2012
Lindsay Schnell covers Oregon State, and while she's a hoops gal at heart, she's still a key source for happenings in Beaver Nation.
Is OSU already out of the Thomas Tyner sweepstakes? Your Oregon State Thursday rundown with LOTS of links: bit.ly/TxZqD6— Lindsay Schnell (@LindsayRae19) October 18, 2012
Rob Moseley covers Oregon football for the Eugene Register-Guard, and he tweets pithy observations from the front lines of Chip Kelly's offensive juggernaut. Also not afraid of lively interactions with fellow tweeters.
Strange time in journalism, indeed. Once reporters couldn't have opinions. Now, young readers like @jordangerdes think it's inherent to job.— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) October 16, 2012
Dan's the publisher of CalSportsDigest.com, meaning that he's uniquely qualified to offer unvarnished insights on Bears football. Especially interesting this year, as Jeff Tedford coaches for his professional life.
Jeff Tedford says first Big Game was perhaps most memorable, seeing Kyle Boller and goalpost carried off the field after the win. #Cal— Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) October 16, 2012
All the news straight from Traveler's mouth. The Trojans may not win a national title this year, but they're always relevant and always interesting.
Lane Kiffin pointed out that Matt Barkley has the same number of TD passes thru 6 games (16) as he did in the first 6 games last year. #USC— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 16, 2012
Jim Mora has wasted no time jockeying for attention in ADHD-afflicted Southern California. He hasn't really extended his pot-stirring to Twitter yet, but there's always hope.
Assistant coaches are back off the road. Lots of evaluation to be done. Looking for tough, smart players, its not for everybody though!— Jim Mora (@UCLACoachMora) June 4, 2012
It's the official Twitter account for Bruins football, so take it with a grain of true blue and gold salt — it's doubtful that anything not Jim Mora-approved is getting through. Still worth a follow for fans of a program on an upward trajectory.
The mother ship for all things Pac-12. Not exactly a no-spin zone, but plenty of useful information and links provided. It's far from football-only, though; prepare for plenty of soccer and women's volleyball.
Corvallis is Vaz Nation, two brothers could collide on the field and USC is still in the national title race. Links: pac12.me/S1C6Az— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 16, 2012
The Oregonian and OregonLive.com keep their Twitter feed quacking with all things Ducks. Fans of offense and hideous color schemes welcome.
Scott Wolf is a staff writer for the LA Daily News, meaning he has a front-row seat for the ongoing circus that is the Lane Kiffin era in LA.
Asked about Lane Kiffin not throwing on 3rd down to avoid QB getting hit, Barkley said, "that's between him and me. We'll talk that over."— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 16, 2012
The worldwide leader has its finger on the pulse of the Pac-12 thanks to Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell. Their feed is mostly links and retweets, but it's all good stuff, and you get occasional gems like this one:
On pac-12 coaches call right now. Colorado's Jon Embree was 1st, and no one asked him a question. I heard him high-5 himself as he hung up.— ESPN_Pac12blog (@ESPN_Pac12blog) October 16, 2012
Bob Condotta covers the Washington Huskies for the Seattle Times in an informative, no-nonsense way. Condotta's gotta be as hungry as any Husky fan for the U-Dub to rejoin the elite; he was there for the dark days of 0-12.
Oregon's Chip Kelly on whether his team has been tested yet: "You go say that to the Husky fans. I ain't saying that.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 16, 2012