Giving Pete Carroll his due, creepy 'Oompa Loompa' vibe ensues


True freshman quarterback Matt Barkley tossed three interceptions during Southern Cal’s practice this morning, but that’s not why I called.

It was the words head coach Pete Carroll uttered after the practice that has me absolutely convinced he could win with Charles Barkley under center, let alone the All-American thoroughbreds he parades onto the practice field year-in and year-out.

Here’s what Carroll had to say about today’s misadventures of his latest QB prodigy:

“I said, ‘OK, that is a good day to come back from.’ And he says, ‘Yeah, I’ll try.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean try?’  We are working on our language and how we are going to deal with situations. It’s all part of molding the mentality that it takes.”

I don’t care who you are, that’s genius right there.

What do you mean try?

The man simply gets QBs, what goes on in their unique psyche, how to tweak the right buttons.  He has the “it” factor when it comes to coaching players in general, and the men under center in particular.

Certainly the fact that he’s dealing with highly-rated players at the most important position on the field and must be part of any equation.

But, put aside the negatives — the “Pissy Pete” routine when Mark Sanchez left school early, the Reggie Bush imbroglio, the overall smugness — and focus on the coaching aspect of college football.  If you do that, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better football coach in all of Division 1.

I don’t know if Barkley will or won’t succeed if the Aaron Corp injury lingers and forces him into the lineup very early, but I do know his chances are better because of the man stalking up and down his sideline.

And now I must go shower myself.  I feel dirty for some odd reason…

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.