It's been a long, hard day in the hardscrabble town of Old Tuscon, and the only thing Rich Rodriguez wants—besides an opportunity to brood in solitude over the sun-drenched desert—is a shot at the elusive Rose.
So goes the story in Hard Edge, an Old West movie spoof that Rodriguez and his staff at the University of Arizona put out on Monday.
Rodriguez & Co. play dress-up in a two-and-a-half-minute trailer, complete with ashy cigars, questionable acting and poker at a saloon. Tight ends coach Charlie Ragle even managed to get himself bounced, tumbling into the sand as the rest of the staff tossed him out of the establishment.
It's plenty cute and the production value is better than we're used to in videos like this, but if Arizona really wants to claim its much-desired Rose, it should take a long, hard look at the quarterback position. Running back Ka'Deem Carey can't carry this offense by himself. With All-American candidate Austin Hill—the team's top receiver in 2012—out with a torn ACL, the Wildcats need at least a facsimile of Matt Scott's production under center.
Senior B.J. Denker has the best grasp of the offense, junior college transfer Jesse Scroggins has the most impressive physical tools and touted incoming freshman Anu Solomon has the highest ceiling.
All three come with their own set of strengths, but the longer Rich-Rod and company spend playing dress-up instead of declaring a starter, the less coherent the offense will look in non-conference play.
If worst comes to worst, though, I guess they could always settle things with a duel.