Arizona coach Mike Stoops didn’t get flagged for a late hit Saturday against Washington State, but he did get a penalty for bumping.
Washington State was given five yards after Stoops was flagged for sideline interference in the second half.
“(The official) bumped into me. I was on the white (area of the sideline where the coach is allowed to walk). He said I bumped into him,” Stoops said. “He threw (the flag) about five seconds after the play. Usually they give the head coach a little bit of latitude. I thought I was going to go the season without a penalty, but I guess not.”
Stoops was visibly upset, yelling at the officials while out on the field.
“I was angry. I would probably got (another) penalty if I got any more angrier than that,” Stoops said with a laugh.
A second penalty also ticked off Stoops.
The high stepping of tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone after his 43-yard touchdown was called unsportsmanlike conduct.
Hogwash, the coach says.
“I thought it was ridiculous,” Stoops said. “I have seen guys show more individualism showing to the crowd than that I can’t tell you how many times.
“I was disappointed in the call. I thought it was a poor call but it was a lesson. We have talked about it with Robbie I don’t know how many times. You’ve got to learn.”
Gronkowski has done his high stepping, or “duck walk” before this season after a touchdown.
What will he do in the future?
“Just walk in, give the ball to the ref. That’s what we have to do,” Gronkowski said. “We can’t afford those penalties in the next three games.”
Grigsby’s jump dangerous
The new fad among running backs is to jump over defenders instead of putting a shoulder down and going right at them.
Arizona tailback Nic Grigsby jumped over cornerback Romeo Pellum on a highlight reel play on Saturday.
“It is having adrenaline and trying to make something happen,” Grigsby said. “We don’t think about doing it, we just do it or we don’t.”
The sophomore’s instincts have been good. He had 189 yards on the ground against Washington State.
Leaping over defenders can be dangerous, though, Stoops said.
“He is probably not going to listen to me anyway,” Stoops said with a slight chuckle. “It is probably a natural reaction. It was just an instinct that took over.”
Haley, Morrison in first
Shaun Haley and Paula Morrison lead the Southern Arizona Roadrunners season Grand Prix men’s and women’s standings after nine of the 11 events.
Haley, 40, has competed in all nine events for a 294-point total. Morrison, 35, has been in six events and has 240 points.
Leading the men’s Masters division is Dave Hill, 57, with 294 points through eight events. Barbara Leinweber, 41, leads the women’s Masters division with 338 points.
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Tucson’s Reed places ninth
Tucsonan Pam Reed finished ninth in her 45-49 age division last week in the Ford Ironman Florida triathlon at Panama City.
Reed finished in 11 hours, 16 minutes, 24 seconds. She was 95th in the overall women’s division.
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Garcia eyeing No. 1
SHANGHAI, China – Sergio Garcia’s playoff victory over Oliver Wilson in the HSBC Champions gave the Spaniard a career-high No. 2 world ranking.
He also has some unfinished business after passing Phil Mickelson in the rankings – winning his first major and, even more difficult, challenging Tiger Woods for No. 1.
“I think my next goal is trying to win a major,” Garcia said Monday after making a 7-foot birdie on the second playoff hole – the par-5 18th – after Wilson missed a 10-footer.
“Well, we’ve been trying for quite a while,” he said. Attacking No. 1 probably depends a little bit on how much he takes off and if I keep playing well. It’s possible, mainly because he’s been injured. I’ve never been this close to No. 1, so it’s exciting to be there.”
This has probably been Garcia’s best season, due partly to improved putting.
He won The Players Championship and his home-course Castellon Masters, and finished second or tied for second in three events.
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The economic blues
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues are responding to tight economic times with a fan bailout plan.
The team announced Monday that at every remaining Saturday home game beginning Nov. 29, the organization will call the seat number of a fan and pay that person’s mortgage or rent for four months, up to $4,000 total.
• In NHL games Monday night, Washington beat Tampa Bay 4-2 and Edmonton topped the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout.
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ON THIS DATE
1911: Carlisle Indian School of Carlisle, Pa., led by Jim Thorpe, beats nationally ranked Harvard 18-15.
1978: Eddie Lee Ivery rushes for 356 yards to lead Georgia Tech to a 42-21 victory over Air Force.
1981: The Minnesota North Stars score eight goals in the second period of a 15-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
2000: Lennox Lewis wins a unanimous 12-round decision over David Tua in Las Vegas to retain his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.
2002: The Oakland Raiders get record-setting performances in beating the Denver Broncos 34-10. Rich Gannon completes 21 straight passes and Jerry Rice becomes the first player to score 200 career touchdowns.
2006: Michael Redd scores 57 points to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record of 55, but Matt Harpring makes a layup with 1.8 seconds left to give the Utah Jazz a 113-111 win over Milwaukee.
On UA clinching first bowl berth since 1998
Bowl talk is way early. Let’s beat Oregon.
Wouldn’t it be something to return to the Holiday Bowl (I am assuming that the Rose Bowl is out, as I believe that USC will be playing there)?
Returning to the sight of our last bowl game, against a very quality opponent, would really cement our return to the “national scene,” and give Stoops a huge leg up on recruiting.