|New Cal coach Sonny Dykes will do something his predecessor didn't do -- open practices to fans and the media. (AP)|
Here's some news and notes from around the Pac-12:
- Pac-12 coaches are notorious for being secretive about practice. Oregon coach Chip Kelly and former Cal coach Jeff Tedford are just two who closed off all practice sessions to the media last season. Well, don't look for that from new Cal coach Sonny Dykes. Dykes told the San Jose Mercury News that he'll open practices to not only the media, but fans, too. "Open the gate. Come on in. We don't have any secrets," Dykes said when asked if he would have open practices. In other Dykes news, Cal officially hired former Wisconsin linebackers coach Andy Buh as defensive coordinator. The move was originally reported last weekend, but the school didn't make the hire official until Wednesday.
- Dykes isn't the only new Pac-12 coach with his offensive and defensive coordinators hired. New Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre will bring his coordinators from San Jose State to Boulder, the Denver Post reported. Kent Baer will most likely be running the Buffaloes' defense, and Brian Lindgren will run the offense.
- Oregon OL Kyle Long recently petitioned the NCAA for another year of eligibility, but his appeal was turned down, the Eugene Register-Guard reported. Long told the paper that he's not too concerned with the appeal being denied. "All I'm thinking about is going down to Glendale (Ariz.) and winning a Fiesta Bowl with my teammates," Long said.
- UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure has one of the most interesting stories in the Pac-12. McClure spent his entire career working with offensive linemen and tight ends before Bruins coach Jim Mora moved him to D-line coach last year. McClure has turned around the UCLA defensive line, according to the Los Angeles Times.
- ESPN is sending its top announcing team of Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit to announce Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl. The Seattle Times talked to Musberger this week to get his thoughts on Washington football. "I think we enter this game with a few question marks about the Huskies and what level they are playing at right now," Musberger said. Musberger also noted one of the interesting quirks in the game: Boise State and Washington will play each other twice in a row. The teams will open the 2013 season against each other at Washington's newly renovated Husky Stadium on Aug. 31.