The Buzz Board: Offseason edition

THE BUZZ BOARD normally finds itself a hammock and something cold to drink during the offseason. But the focus and fury over the crimson police blotter has forced the Buzz Board off the sidelines and back into the fray.

What's up and who's down on Planet Coug
Common sense The recent run-ins with the law by Teondray Caldwell, Toni Pole and Logan Mayes lead us to ask: What is it with Cougar student-athletes who seemingly have the world by the tail and then put themselves into avoidable binds? In case you somehow missed it over the past year and a half, fellas, Mike Leach has a tendency to get rid of guys who make dumb decisions.
Zach Brevick If the season were to start today, Mike Leach pegs Brevick as the Cougs' starter at right guard. It's a concern that, post-spring ball, four of the five starters would be once or present walk ons, ("We are still thin and small," says Leach,) but it's nonetheless impressive that the 6-5, 275-pound Brevick has worked his tail off for four years and come along as far as he has. And it certainly helps improve the Cougs' depth up front too.
DirecTV The satellite provider continues to dig in their heels rather than partner with the Pac-12 Networks. Maybe a different face will help the negotiations, with Lydia Murphy-Stephans replacing Gary Stevenson as Pac-12 Enterprises president. By the way, when the Pac-12 launched its networks, it had four carriers on board. When the SEC Network made its big announcement recently, it had just one, AT&T U-verse which has (just) 4.5 million subscribers, though the network is owned by ESPN.
New blood Dave Yost, the new inside receivers coach at Washington State has been omnipresent out on the recruiting trail this May -- as has the other new assistant, linebacker coach Ken Wilson. And it became apparent during spring ball Yost is going to be heavily involved in the Air Raid this season.
NCAA When it comes to concussions, most of them actually happen in practice. So it makes perfect sense that the NCAA has yet to take any action regarding changing the full-contact rules in spring ball, fall camp or practices during the season. Indeed, the NCAA has not changed spring contact rules for 20 years. The NFL meanwhile allows only one full-contact practice per week during the season.
Mike Gundy The Oklahoma State coach has reportedly blocked freshman quarterback Wes Lunt from transferring to any school in the Pac-12, Big 12 or SEC. Coaches regularly quash transfers to a school on the future schedule but a no-go on each and every school in three conferences? This kind of thing continues to prove the NCAA's stated reason for existence, for the betterment of the student-athlete, is nothing but empty words.
Expectations It's always better to under-promise and over-deliver than the other way around. Nice to see Bill Moos tamp down expectations for 2013 while putting a strong buy order in for 2014. And if Christmas should arrive a year early for Cougar Nation with a few upsets under the tree, so much the better.
Sellas This longtime CF.C message board poster is closing in on 10,000 posts on the message boards. He remains as insightful as ever, and offers up a welcome biting wit.

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