Talking Washington State and the future of the Pac-2 with Jamey Vinnick from Cougfan.com

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio and joined remotely by the Washington State football expert Jamey Vinnick from Cougfan.com, talking about the state of the Cougars athletic programs as WSU and partner OSU head into uncharted territory.

With the breakup of the Conference of Champions, Oregon State and Washington State were left trying to put the pieces back together, forming a two-team conference under the Pac-12 banner during the two year NCAA grace period. Over the next 24 months OSU and WSU will try and rebuild the Pac-12 into at least an eight team conference and work their way towards the future equivalence of “Power Five” status.

We talk to Jamey about everything that has been going on up in Pullman during this off-season, the latest news and notes from spring practice and the 2024 football schedule with a heavy dose of Mountain West opponents.

They also discuss the opening of the NCAA Transfer Portal this week, basketball coach Kyle Smith heading to Stanford, athletic director Pat Chun going to hated Washington and lots more.

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Talking Oregon State and the future of the Pac-2 with Angie Machado from BeaverBlitz.com

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio and joined remotely by the longtime publisher of BeaverBlitz.com, Angie Machado, talking about the state of the Oregon State athletic programs as the Beavers head into uncharted territory.

With the breakup of the Conference of Champions, Oregon State and Washington State were left trying to put the pieces back together, forming a two-team conference under the Pac-12 banner during the two year NCAA grace period. Over the next 24 months OSU and WSU will try and rebuild the Pac-12 into at least an eight team conference and work their way towards the future equivalence of “Power Five” status.

The War Chest of the Pac-2 will at least be healthy thanks to the recently signed settlement between OSU and WSU and the departing 10 members, giving them $65 million and assurances that the Pac-2 can remain a conference for the next two years.

They also discuss how Oregon State has looked this spring, the reported TV deal with the CW, players hitting the transfer portal and lots more.

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Talking future ACC programs California and Stanford with 247Sports reporter Jackson Moore

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio and joined remotely by Jackson Moore from BearTerritory and Cardinals247 to talk about all things California and Stanford football plus the Cardinal poaching Washington State head basketball coach Kyle Smith.

Cal football kicked off their spring practices last week, completing four before pausing for spring break. Jackson talks about some of the standouts he’s seen at practice including veterans Jaydn Ott and Fernando Mendoza.

Stanford spring football will kickoff next week with the start of the next academic quarter.

The guys also talk about the newly finalized settlement between the remaining Pac-12 members, Washington State and Oregon State, and the departing 10 members. The Cougars and the Beavers will collect $65 million from all of the teams that bailed and have protections against the conference’s future earnings and the ability for anyone outside of the Pac-2 to try and dissolve the conference.

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Washington Loses Its Athletic Director, ACC is Crumbling, and Ryan is Going Back to Vegas

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are recording remotely to talk about the stunning departure of Washington athletic director Troy Dannen, and what that means for the Husky program. The fellas also talk about the crumbling ACC, which is now being sued by two of its members, and what that could mean for California and Stanford.

As usual Ryan and Dave end the podcast answering listener emails.

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Talking Colorado Buffalo football with Adam Munsterteiger from BuffStampede.com

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio and joined remotely by Adam Munsterteiger from BuffStampede.com to talk about all things Colorado football and of course Coach Prime. The Buffaloes had one of the more eventful seasons in college football with new head coach Deion Sanders shaking things up with some massive roster restructuring and then made some assistant coaching changes after the 4-8 campaign. We chat with Adam about what changes Coach Prime has been making in the off-season as we head into spring football, what lessons were learned after the 2023 roster overhaul, the new Big 12 football schedule and what the expectations are for the Buffs in 2024.

The guys also talk about some of the new rule changes for college football including electronic helmet communication and the implementation of the two-minute warning.

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Talking Utah Utes football with Steve Bartle from UteZone.com plus George Kliavkoff’s era ends

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio and joined remotely by Steve Bartle from UteZone.com to talk about all things Utah football. The Utes and longtime head coach Kyle Whittingham are poised to make a run at a Big 12 title in 2024 with lot of talent returning including star quarterback Cam Rising. The guys talk to Bartle about some of the chances to the roster, some of the impact players fans should look out for this spring and how this team is getting ready for life in a new conference.

The guys also talk about the end of a disappointing era with the departure of George Kliavkoff as the Pac-12 (2) conference commissioner. The conference announced the mutual parting of ways and followed that up with an announcement that Teresa Gould was taking over as conference commissioner, becoming the first female commissioner of a Power Five conference.

As usual Ryan and Dave end the podcast answering listener emails and questions from the YouTube chat.

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Talking UCLA with Chip Kelly bailing for Ohio State and the Bruins replacing him with DeShaun Foster

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio talking about this crazy February breaking news that Chip Kelly bailed on Westwood to take the offensive coordinator position with his buddy Ryan Day at Ohio State, leaving UCLA without a head coach. Our own David Woods breaks down how it all went down including Kelly’s attempts to get an OC job in the NFL before Bill O’Brien’s departure to become the head coach at Boston College opened up an intraconference soft landing spot for Kelly.

A few days after Kelly’s departure restarted the college football coaching carousel, athletic director Martin Jarmond found his man. Jarmond interviewed nearly a dozen potential candidates before landing on former UCLA running back and longtime assistant DeShaun Foster. Following the season Foster left Westwood to become the running backs coach at the Las Vegas Raiders, but was lured back for an opportunity to run the Bruins program as they head into the Big Ten.

Dave and Ryan both give their thoughts on the hire and what challenges Foster will face taking over for a head coach that didn’t recruit, didn’t raise money and didn’t leave much in the cupboard for Foster to compete in any conference let alone the stacked Big Ten.

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Talking Arizona State’s Big 12 football schedule with Chris Karpman from SunDevilSource

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio checking in with SunDevilSource.com publisher Chris Karpman to get updates on everything going on with the Arizona State football program this off-season. Last week the Big 12 released its 2024 football schedule so we start off talking to Chris about the new teams the Sun Devils will face in the upcoming season.

In December Kenny Dillingham went out and hired offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo to replace the failed Beau Baldwin experiment. The former UNLV head coach will oversee a quarterback battle between Jaden Rashada and Michigan State transfer Sam Leavitt this spring.

The guys also discuss offensive lineman Jalen Klemm, son of Patriots offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, transferring to Arizona State after playing in seven games at Washington last season.

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Talking Arizona football with WildcatAuthority’s Jason Scheer including the Big12 schedule release

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio checking in with WildcatAuthority.com publisher Jason Scheer to get an update on all of the happenings with Arizona football.

Scheer will join the show over the phone to kick things off and give everyone an update on what’s been going on in Tucson including the newly released Big 12 football schedule for the 2024 season. At first glance there are some really interesting games on the slate with trips to Kansas State, Utah, BYU and UCF and home games against Texas Tech, Colorado, West Virginia, Houston and Arizona State.

They also get into all of the coaching and athletic director turnover at Arizona with Jedd Fisch departing for Washington, Brent Brennan coming in from San Jose State and the school parting ways with AD Dave Heeke amid financial turmoil in the department. Scheer also gives an update on the current roster with players coming and going in the transfer portal and a few key surprises that decided to stay in Tucson.

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Drama in the desert with Arizona losing its AD plus a booster makes it personal with Jedd Fisch

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are in studio talking about some of the crazy drama in the desert around the University of Arizona. When Kalen DeBoer left Washington for Alabama, it opened up an opportunity for Jedd Fisch to head to Seattle, leaving the Wildcats high and dry. That really pissed off Arizona booster Humberto Lopez, who felt he had a deal in place for Fisch to stay in Tucson. He then went out of his way to throw NIL money at Wildcat players just so Fisch couldn’t take them to Washington, including star quarterback Noah Fifita and receiver Tetairoa McMillan.

Arizona also fired it’s athletic director and according to Brett McMurphy, Dave Heeke was fired for “financial & operational mismanagement, resulting in an athletic department financial ‘disaster,’ loss of major donors & mishandling of former coach Jedd Fisch’s contract.”

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