Friday Fix: Scott and Barkley have played in an offensive shootout before in high school





Arizona quarterback Matt Scott and USC quarterback Matt Barkley have met in an important game before but not in college. It occurred when they were in high school in 2007. Scott was with Corona (Calif.) Centennial and Barkley with Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. If Saturday’s game at Arizona Stadium is similar to the offensive display that Scott and Barkley exhibited five years ago, Arizona officials should get ready to edit the record book. The game between Corona and Mater Dei, won by Barkley’s team 51-37, is ranked by MaxPreps.com as the fourth-best game to be played in the nation over the past 10 years.

Matt Scott breaks free for a long run as a senior at Corona (Calif.) Centennial against Matt Barkley’s Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei team in 2007 (YouTube video, click on photo to access video)

Centennial and Corona combined for 1,295 yards from scrimmage, with Barkley and Scott accounting for at least 718 of them. Barkley completed 21 of 32 passes for 365 yards. Scott rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He passed for 176 yards. … An interesting side note to the game is a few of Scott’s Corona teammates attended ASU, including former Sun Devil linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The others who attended ASU were running back Ryan Bass (who rushed for 326 yards in the 2007 game), defensive tackle Will Sutton, linebacker Brandon Magee and linebacker Shelly Lyons. Bass has since transferred to Idaho. ESPN Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller suggests that Burfict is not fond of Barkley and that Burfict, Magee and Lyons “became just a bit grumpy” when asked about the 2007 game last year. Does that mean Scott’s former Corona teammates who are with ASU or played with the Sun Devils are pulling for Scott tomorrow? Magee and Sutton have another chance to beat Barkley when the Sun Devils play at USC on Nov. 10. … Corona, Calif., is certainly a hot bed for talent. Arizona sophomore receivers Austin Hill and Tyler Slavin played high school football there for Roosevelt. …

Chuck Osborne kissing his mother Kathleen Bajgrowicz during his Arizona playing days (Osborne family photo)

When Arizona and USC kick off Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Arizona, the funeral service for former Wildcat defensive lineman Chuck Osborne will begin at the same time at the Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery. Osborne, 38, died Oct. 16 from unknown causes. He was found by his roommate in bed inside his La Jolla, Calif., condo. Family and friends, including Osborne’s former UA teammates and coaches, were invited to a two-day viewing Thursday and Friday night. After Saturday’s burial, a reception in Osborne’s honor will be held at the Boys & Girls Club at Canyon Country in Santa Clarita, Calif., beginning at 3:30 p.m. All the proceeds in lieu of flowers will go to the Canyon Country High School Booster Club or the Boys & Girls Club of America. Osborne graduated from Canyon Country before attending the UA from 1992-1995. He was a seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 1996. He played three NFL seasons with the Rams and Oakland Raiders (1998 and 1999), then retired after two injury-plagued tries with the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots in 2000. … Osborne and his wife, Heather, both died unexpectedly this year within 10 months of each other. God bless their souls. Osborne is survived by his parents Dennis and Kathleen Bajgrowicz and his younger sister Denise Bagrowicz. … Osborne’s coach at Arizona, Dick Tomey, continues to mentor young players as a consultant with the Honolulu Kaiser High School football team. Former University of Hawaii associate head coach and safety Rich Miano, who coached with Tomey on the Warriors’ staff last year, sought help from Tomey after accepting the Kaiser head coaching position last summer. Tomey also coached at Hawaii from 1977-86 and amassed a 63-46-3 record before moving to Tucson to coach the Wildcats for 14 seasons. …

The Pac-12 Network/DirecTV impasse will not end any time soon. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told the media last week that fans of Pac-12 schools who have DirecTV are in jeopardy of missing college basketball games throughout the season. DirecTV, which claims the Pac-12 is charging too much to air the network, has issued statements that indicate it would air programs and games on a pay-per-view basis if necessary. The Pac-12 has not budged. My personal opinion: DirecTV is at fault here. Cox Cable and Dish network agreed to the Pac-12’s terms. DirecTV looks cheap by balking at the Pac-12’s requests. … Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, a Pac-12 Network studio analyst, can’t watch the network at home because he is a DirecTV subscriber. “My wife has emailed a bunch of times to try to get DirecTV to (add the networks) and hopefully that will happen,” Neuheisel told the Ventura (Calif.) County Star. “We’re going to hold a vigil outside DirecTV’s offices in Marina del Rey, lighting a candle outside and saying ‘Let us in.'” … Arizona Daily Star basketball beat reporter Bruce Pascoe (whose blog and Twitter links can be found in the menu bar near the top of this site) reported Wednesday that San Jose Archbishop Mitty power-forward prospect Aaron Gordon enjoyed his visit last weekend when the UA played its Red-Blue scrimmage. He ends his visits with a trip to Kentucky the weekend of Nov. 9 and won’t announce his decision until the spring. Gordon most likely will view how Miller uses his frontcourt players (Angelo Chol, Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley) for an idea of how he might fit in next season if he chooses to play with the Wildcats. Gordon visited Oregon the weekend the Ducks’ football team beat Arizona 49-0. He was at Arizona Stadium last weekend when the Wildcats won 52-17 over Washington. In case Gordon was wondering, yes, that was the same football team. …

Mike Bibby, out of basketball, may still try to sign with an NBA team during the season

For the first time since he was a toddler, it seems that former Arizona point guard Mike Bibby is out of basketball. He is not listed on any NBA roster, including that of the Knicks, with whom he played last season. Bibby, however, is expected to try to join a team that needs a point guard during the season. In the meantime, Bibby can watch his son Mike Bibby Jr., a 6-foot freshman at Phoenix Shadow Mountain High School, play for his alma mater. … Another veteran former Wildcat, forward Michael Wright, is still going strong overseas. Wright, 32, is playing for Mersin in Turkey. He now goes by his Turkish name of Ali Karadeniz. He played 29 games in the Turkey Basketball League last season, averaging 15.9 points and 5.7 rebounds. He participated in the all-star game there. Why the name change you ask? Wright became a Turkish citizen, which by law there requires him to have a Turkish first name and surname. … Former UA outside hitter Courtney Karst signed with an agent this week and will likely become a professional soon. Karst, Arizona’s team leader with 360 kills last season, has maintained a presence with the program this fall, attending matches at McKale Center. …

Thursday (Oct. 25) marked the fourth anniversary that Lute Olson officially retired as head coach because of medical reasons. Two days later, Solomon Hill, Abdul Gaddy and Mike Moser de-committed from attending Arizona. Now, each are primed to be top players with their respective teams, including Hill at Arizona. Hill is the only player who changed his mind and attended Arizona after Sean Miller was hired in April 2009. He is now considered a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate. Moser, who first enrolled at UCLA in 2009-10 before transferring to UNLV, is a preseason first-team Mountain West Conference selection as a junior with the Runnin’ Rebels. He led UNLV in both scoring (14.0 points per game) and rebounding (10.5) last season and is the top returning rebounder in the Mountain West. Gaddy, a senior at Washington, is 204 assists away from breaking the school’s career assists record. He currently has 312. He had a 2.4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio last year (182 assists and 75 turnovers) for the Huskies. Kansas 7-foot center Jeff Withey was enrolled at Arizona as a freshman when Olson announced his retirement. He decided to not to play for UA and transfer after the 2008 fall semester was complete. He picked Kansas and is now a senior. Withey, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last season, is a preseason first-team Big 12 selection. …

Mike Moser is one of the top players in the Mountain West Conference

It is difficult to fathom Lute Olson still coaching today if he did not suffer from the medical problems four years ago. He turned 78 last month. For argument’s sake, let’s say he did and Gaddy, Moser and Withey stayed with the Arizona program along with Hill. Withey would have exhausted his eligibility last season (if he did not redshirt as a freshman), but Gaddy, Moser and Hill would all be seniors this season. During their development, the UA could have made another deep run in the NCAA tournament because of the continuity with Olson. Mark Lyons is a viable alternative to Gaddy having the experience of playing deep into the tournament with Xavier. Moser would be an advantage at power forward over Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett or Angelo Chol because of his experience. The Wildcats are still poised to make a deep run with Miller as coach and a roster that includes all of Miller’s recruits for the first time just four years after Olson resigned. … I recently had a conversation with TucsonCitizen.com sports director and blog writer Anthony Gimino and FoxSportsArizona.com reporter Steve Rivera about the transition from Olson to Kevin O’Neill to Russ Pennell to Miller. They contended that if Olson retired initially after the 2006-07 season — preventing O’Neill from becoming the interim coach — that Mike Montgomery would have likely been hired permanently and Arizona would not have skipped a beat. I don’t argue with that idea. My thought was if Olson did not try to coach in 2007-08 and 2008-09 — each a failed attempt that resulted in interim staffs leading the program — Miller would not be in Tucson today. Miller would not have been hired in 2007-08 because he had not yet established himself at Xavier. He reached the Elite Eight in 2007-08 and Sweet 16 in 2008-09 with the Musketeers. He became ready for advancement. Miller, 43, is also a better long-term solution than Montgomery, 65, because of their age difference (if Miller stays for the long haul). In the end, it appears that it has all worked out for Arizona’s program when it looked bleak with Olson gone and O’Neill and Pennell coaching on an interim basis. Remember those days?

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner



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