The rugby community in Berkeley appears to be planning a scrum that runs right over the Pac-12 blog.
It appears there was a not-so-minor mistake in a note we had on Utah running back Thretton Palamo, who doubles as an international rugby star when he's not competing to be the Utes starter. We noted -- INCORRECTLY -- that Utah had beaten California for the rugby national championship.
Actually, the Utes beat the Bears last June in an invitational 7-vs-7 tournament -- 31-26 in overtime -- after the college season was over.
From the sports information offices in Berkeley: "It was branded as a 'championship' but it was not -- that name was co-opted by the organizers and, in fact, NBC Sports, which televised it."
Further, "A month earlier, in May 2010, Cal defeated BYU, 19-7, to win the national collegiate rugby championship that is contested by all universities, whereas the tourney Utah won was and still is a one-off, 16-team invite."
Speaking of rugby, football's crazy uncle, this Saturday the 2011 national semifinals take place in Glendale, Colo., and guess what? It's the Utes -- and Palamo -- versus the Bears, which you can watch live on the web on ESPN3 and on TV by tape delay the same night on ESPNU. The other semifinal features BYU and Arkansas State.
From Berkeley: "These are for berths in college rugby's real title match."
Which, by the way, Cal has won like a gazillion times.