Rich Rodriguez, Arizona make great Keanu Reeves ‘Speed’ video

Rich Rodriguez speedThe Arizona Wildcats video team has done it yet again. Last year Arizona made a Western-themed movie that featured coach Rich Rodriguez as the new sheriff in town. This year they’ve made a video that plays on the classic thriller “Speed” featuring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

The video mashes up the scene in “Speed” where Keanu pieces it together that Dennis Hopper has a video camera on the bus by noting that he mentions Bullock’s Arizona Wildcats shirt. What was funny is that the whole purpose of the video was to make fun of the proposed 10-second rule in college football that would prevent fast-paced offenses from snapping the ball for the next play until 10 seconds have passed.

Below is the original video clip from “Speed”:

And now I suddenly want to watch that great movie.

Nate Dogg’s son Naijiel Hale commits to Arizona

Naijiel Hale

Arizona’s football program received a verbal commitment on Tuesday evening from the son of a famous musician.

Naijiel Hale, the son of late rap legend Nate Dogg, announced at The Opening that he would be going to play football for Arizona. The Opening is a gathering at Nike headquarters in Oregon for several top high school players.

Hale, who is entering his senior season at St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) High School, is one of the top cornerback prospects in the state. 247 Sports ranks him as the No. 31 player in the state of California, while Rivals has him No. 35. Both Scout and 247 Sports have him listed as a four-star recruit.

Hale also received offers from Akron, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Nebraska, Nevada, San Jose State, Utah and Washington State.

Hale’s father was part of a rap group with Snoop Dogg and Warren G. Nate Dogg died two years ago because of complications from multiple strokes. Snoop Dogg’s son, Cordell Broadus, is also a top college football recruit. He has been offered scholarships by Arizona State, Cal, LSU, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington, among other programs.

Here is a highlight video of Hale in action:

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Arizona made a Western video of its coaches, with Rich Rod as sheriff

Rich Rodriguez sheriffIt’s a new day in college football, and apparently these days you need to make viral movies in order to gain exposure for your program.

Arizona’s football team did that by making a Western-themed short movie, where head coach Rich Rodriguez poses as the sheriff.

“It’s High Noon at Old Tucson with the Arizona Football Staff. A Man on a quest for the Rose will choose the right men for the job,” says the video’s description on YouTube.

The video was posted by Arizona’s athletic department.

Rodriguez is entering his second season as head coach of the Wildcats after a failed three-year stint as coach at Michigan. The program went 8-5 in his first season on the job. As long as old Wyatt Earp’s able to continue roping in some solid recruits, he’ll have that program rolling in no time.

Rich Rodriguez attributes success at Arizona to a change in Popsicles

Rich Rodriguez has enjoyed a very good start to his career as the head coach at Arizona. His Wildcats are already 3-0 on the year, including a convincing 59-38 win over then-ranked Oklahoma State. The secret? Stepping up the Popsicle game.

Rodriguez recently told USA TODAY Sports that one part of the Arizona culture he changed when taking over had to do with the type of Popsicles that are given to the team.

“I don’t want to give out average Popsicles,” he said. “We give out them bomb Popsicles. You know, the ones as a kid you love to have?”

The Popsicles he was referring to are one of the most patriotic frozen treats you can buy. If you never had a red, white and blue rocket pop as a kid, you either had some sort of bizarre food allergy, had parents that wouldn’t allow you to eat sugar or simply had a twisted, twisted childhood.

“These things are the mac daddy of Popsicles,” Rodriguez continued. “We’re giving out BCS-level, playoff-bound rocket Popsicles. And if they come out with a better one, we’re going to get a better Popsicle. But the rockets are pretty good.”

The rocket pops have been timeless for who knows how long, so I doubt they’re going to come out with a better one while Rich Rod is the coach as Arizona. What they could do is get Popsicles with their logo branded into them like Sonic did with these burgers. Then the Wildcats would really be cooking.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Rich Rodriguez Reportedly Headed to Arizona

Rich Rodriguez reportedly is returning to coaching after taking the year off.

CBS college football reporter Bruce Feldman tweeted Monday that we should “Expect Rich Rodriguez to be named the next Arizona head coach in the next 48 hours according to sources.”

Bruce Feldman is a credible reporter who generally has accurate information. His report is even more credible because Rodriguez has been an analyst for CBS Sports, suggesting he has inside information.

Rodriguez was once considered one of the best coaches in America after having six straight good seasons at West Virginia. He went 57-18 from 2002-2007, including a 32-5 record his final three years. But Rodriguez left Morgantown for Michigan and became a complete disaster.

Not only were Rich Rod’s defenses brutal, but his spread offense preference led to Ryan Mallett transferring to Arkansas. Rodriguez also got into trouble for breaking practice rules.

Rodriguez will have considerable more leeway at Arizona to break rules, and their academic restrictions are much more lenient. Additionally, the expectations from the fan base and administration is much less compared to Michigan. All around, this would be a much better fit for Rodriguez than Ann Arbor. We’ll see if the report comes true.

Video: UCLA, Arizona Fight After Streaker Referee Runs onto Field

UCLA’s poor play in the first half against Arizona wasn’t entertaining anyone, so they decided to brawl to liven things up. After a streaker dressed as a referee ran onto the field and interrupted the game, a few UCLA and Arizona players began shoving. Bruins receiver Taylor Embree swung at Wildcat Shaquille Richardson, who retaliated. Benches cleared and the coaches had to seperate everyone. Here is a video of the fight (via @cjzero):

Both Embree and Richardson were ejected. Remember, Richardson was once a member of the UCLA team before being kicked off the squad for an alleged theft last summer. He never played a game for the Bruins, but it looks like he went to a more successful program.

Here’s a look at the guy who dressed up as a referee and ran onto the field, interrupting play:

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Arizona Loses to Arizona State on Two Blocked Extra Points

As far as losing rivalry games are concerned, it doesn’t get much worse than the manner in which Arizona fell to Arizona State in the Territorial Cup Thursday night. Zona was down 20-14 when Nick Foles hit David Douglas for a game-tying touchdown with less than 30 seconds left. All Arizona had to do was kick the extra point to win the game. In heart breaking fashion, they had the kicked blocked. The game went on to overtime and Arizona appeared poised to tie up the game in the second OT when they lined up for another extra point. Alex Zendejas’ kick was blocked for the second time by James Brooks and they wound up losing the game.

I can’t fathom much worse of a way to lose a game than that one, especially in a rivalry game. Arizona went from 7-1 to start the year to losing four straight and finishing 7-5. The win made Arizona State 6-6 and barely bowl eligible. Luck really was on their side in this one.