Talking Points: Yesterday's QB

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

1

The sports humor and satire said SportsPickle.com offered up this nugget: "Cam Newton wows teammates with tales of long-forgotten rookie year: 'I was the RG3 of my time.' "

Funny, yes, because there is a whole lotta truth to it.

On the list of all-time rookie passing yardage in a single game, Newton's name appears three times with games of 432, 422 and 374 yards. The sophomore version, however, has not quite lived up to the freshman season.

But don't worry. This year's hyped-up QB crop of Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, et al, can surely slump as sophomores ... or not.

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Has Mike Leach lost the Washington State football team?

That's a question Seattle Times columnist Bud Withers tackled on Saturday following the Cougars' 49-6 loss at Utah.

Wrote Withers:

If he has, I'm not sure he cares. If a waiver wire were available to college coaches, Leach would make Pete Carroll look conservative.

When I posed the question about 'losing' guys, he said, "Oh, I'm going to lose some of them, believe me. If you have to beg an 18- to 22 year-old kid to give good effort, you're dealing with the wrong individual."

Let the record show that Leach, at the top of his tirade, put blame on himself and his staff.

Here's what (Leach) needs to do first: Look in the mirror and ask whether he's doing everything he can, and whether the Cougars are being coached up.

On what's ahead: "We're going to have a lively spring, I'll tell you that," Leach said.

(Click here to read Bud Withers' column)

3

The Pac-12 Conference must like being exclusive.

It was announced Sunday that the Washington-Utah, Washington State-UCLA and Oregon-Cal games will all kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Which means none are likely to end until well after 11 p.m. Pacific time ... or after many poll voters are in bed in other time zones.

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