UA football: Rodriguez era opens today

2012-03-04T20:00:00Z UA football: Rodriguez era opens todayBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 04, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

If each football season is a journey, then spring drills mark a time for baby steps, complete with tottering and face-plants into the floor.

When it’s the first year installing new offensive and defensive systems, well, the learning curve is considerably steeper.

Consider Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez’s previous stops.

“At Glenville (State), there were 25 guys on the team. I was bigger than all of them,” Rodriguez said. “At Tulane, if there was an NCAA record for sacks allowed in the spring game — and (former NFL starter) Shaun King was our quarterback — we would have set it. Clemson wasn’t real pretty. West Virginia was ugly. Michigan was ugly.

“If it gets too pretty this spring, then we have more problems on defense than I ever imagined.”

The Arizona Wildcats will open the Rodriguez era today with new schemes to learn and routines to master — and the bar set understandably low.

Get five questions to consider as the Cats learn to crawl in Monday's Star Sports Extra.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 3 0 0.769
USC 6 3 0 0.667 8 4 0 0.667
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 8 4 0 0.667
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 12 1 0 0.923
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 7 5 0 0.583
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 5 0 0.615
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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