FLINCH-WORTHY

Ute running back Joe Williams was asked if he could see discouragement in the eyes of the UCLA Bruins as he rampaged through their defense, last Saturday.

“I’m pretty sure they were tired of seeing the back of my head, running down the field,” he said.

Considering he rushed for 332 yards, they couldn’t have been thrilled to see the front of his head, either.

A TRUE COMMANDER

Washington State coach Mike Leach says he doesn’t really see the point of team captains.

On Monday he told the media, “All the guy really does is the coin toss.”

Leach continued, “And then I decided one of the most screwed up things about this country is in order to do anything, to cross the street, we have a committee. So I figured … we really only need one guy. And he’s gotta be smart enough to either call heads or tails. That’s it.”

Why is this man not the President?

DAD AND LAD

Oregon State basketball coach Wayne Tinkle picked son Tres, a sophomore forward, to represent the Beavers at Pac-12 media day.

Asked how their relationship has worked out, the younger Tinkle called it “a very special opportunity” but added “obviously we have days where some are better than others.”

OK, so grounding him for loafing on a low pick wasn’t a great idea.

IN THE ROUGH

Tiger Woods says he doesn’t believe he’ll reach Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors — he’ll exceed it.

Whew! The claims people make on an election year.

IT’S A 10

The Big 12 is still catching flak for staging a drawn-out expansion search, only to remain at 10 teams.

Sources say the presidents were adamant about staying with a number they could count with their fingers.

RESORT CENTRAL

The athletics director at Iowa State says without Oklahoma and Texas, the Big 12 would become the Mountain West.

He wishes.

News flash: The MWC includes road trips to San Diego, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Stop with the silly comparisons.

BREAK TIME

Dwight Perry, Seattle Times, on Americans leaving $272 billion worth of unused vacation time: “Hey, don’t go looking at us,” said the Chicago Cubs. “We usually take Octobers off.”

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