Where there’s smoke…

Evidently Mike Leach isn’t the only Pac-12 coach having issues with Todd Graham’s sportsmanship.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich wouldn’t specify what tactics the Ducks would use to keep the Arizona State Sun Devils from stealing signs on Saturday.

Last year the Ducks brought large white sheets to Arizona State and lined their sideline with them, hoping to obscure the view of the Sun Devils’ play signalers. Helfrich wouldn’t say if Oregon would be using those again this weekend.

“We’ll hopefully have something as effective this year,” he said.

Maybe they’ll fine the sheets.


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17 responses to “Where there’s smoke…

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Todd Graham has always been a Petrino class jerk.


    • Well – he basically pulled a Petrino the way he left Pitt.

      The things football coaches do when hopping on the carousel and hopping off at a more lucrative job are rarely honorable, and usually leave at least some people left in the coach’s wake feeling betrayed and used. Few players will be more justified in that anger than the Pittsburgh players who heard that their coach, Todd Graham, was leaving for Arizona State via a text message Graham sent to his director of football operations to forward to the team.

      The text of that text message, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

      “I have resigned my position at Pitt in the best interest of my family to pursue the head coaching position at Arizona State,” Graham said. “Coaching there has always been a dream of ours and we have family there. The timing of the circumstances have prohibited from telling you this directly. I now am on my way to Tempe to continue those discussions. God Bless. Coach Graham.”


  2. sniffer

    The question has been asked before, but, how does the stolen signal get relayed from the coaches upstairs down to the field in time to make a difference?


  3. Macallanlover

    While I wouldn’t include electronic eavesdropping (audio or video) in this, I feel stealing the signals a part of the games of football and baseball. Either teach your guys to think on their own while playing, or be clever with the way you communicate. Don’t really get the big deal with this, but agree Grantham is unpleasant and The Pirate is eccentric (but interesting).


  4. tbia

    Tereshinski is very very good at stealing signs


  5. gastr1

    Just remember, we have it on good authority that he’s not as bad as Corch or Harbaugh. Not even in the same league, I think it was.

    A lot of football coaches are huge assholes.


  6. Bulldog Joe

    Makes me wonder if Towel Boy now qualifies as a graduate transfer.

    No stone unturned.



    • The Dawg abides

      Now I’m wondering if Grantham wasn’t a little ahead of the curve with towel boy. And yes, I know coaches have been doing similar things for a long time.



    Bah…I see no issues, if the other team figures out what you are doing, so be it…they still have to stop it.


    • 69Dawg

      The Old Greenbay Packers DGAS if you knew what they were going to run. If they did their jobs you couldn’t stop it. Alabama don;t have no Towel Boy Kiffin can beat you with you knowing the call.


  8. Otto

    I read this and think what would Leach say if he to deal with B-M, McG, or Adams? Bluto would make a fortune off our clicks.