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Quick Hits August 10, 2009

Lots of Wildcat news from the weekend.  Check out our quick hits for today. 

  No shocker here, the SEC is ranked #1in a conference supremacy story.  The Pac-10 checked in at #3 behind the Big 12, and ahead of the Big Ten.  Yes, I know the SEC out-tailgates everyone, and has the best television deal, and has the wackiest fans.  But, let' see the SEC actually finish the season with a winning record over the Big 12 and Pac-10 this season. 

  Playing safety at Arizona is in vogue

  Pac-10 Power Rankings from's Ted Miller. 

More quick hits after the jump!

  Lute Olson's career was celebrated Saturday at McKale Center, with many former players, coaches, and Tusconans on hand.  Former players shared memories of being a part of Olson's "family."  Richard Jefferson made light of a recent "no show."  A humbled Coach O thanked the more than 6,000 fans in attendance. 

  A couple of true freshman talk to the Star about the first few days of fall camp.  Adam Hallis ready to be coachable, and contribute to the team.  Jake Fischer hopes to see the field on special teams this fall. 

  Nic Grigsby was back at practice on Saturday, proclaiming himself to be "on another mission."  Juron Criner continues to impress, having a good practice Sunday.  Super tight end Rob Gronkowski missed Saturday and Sunday's practice.  Don't panic.  It was due to general soreness and not any specific injury. 

  Former Arizona wide receiver, and current Cleveland Brown, Syndric Steptoe tore his labrum Saturday in a rainy practice.  Steptoe will miss the entire 2009 season.  His agent blames Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini.  [UPDATE]:  Mangini denies inclement weather had anything to do with Steptoe's injury. 

  Robert Golden is ready to breakout in 2009.  Nice writeup found here.

  Watchout USC.  The rest of the Pac-10 may be starting to gain ground, as the conference looks to parlay 2008's strong bowl season into 2009 elite status.