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November 19, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Tuesday a.m. links

A lot more articles out there today about the two Apple Cup teams than there have been wins. …
— I first want to offer our Apple Cup notebook today, which is a combined Cougar-Husky notebook and led off with the news about Kevin Lopina being expected to play for WSU Saturday though he didn’t practice Tuesday. It also includes a brief note on Jake Locker’s redshirt situation, made a little briefer than it was when I wrote about it on the blog. I bring that up because I want to make sure it’s clear — he can’t get a redshirt for this season because he doesn’t qualify for one, simple as that. As mentioned here previously, the crux of the deal is that he has already redshirted once, in 2006. if he hadn’t, he might be able to get one for this season. But since he has, it doesn’t matter. That was always one of the things that should have been a consideration when they decided to redshirt him in 2006. You wonder know how things might have been different had they decided to play Locker in 2006 — the team had five games left when Isaiah Stanback got hurt. He could have played as much of that season as he has this one. And who knows how history might have changed had he played against Stanford in 2006, maybe UW somehow wins that game, etc.? But the NCAA simply doesn’t allow you to just redshirt as many times as you want. So hope this makes clear that for now, this is a dead issue.
— I also wrote today that UW has to win Saturday or be in danger of being remembered as the worst team in school history. I asked that question of a few players yesterday and not too surprisingly, it didn’t exactly bring a smile to their face. But I thought Paul Homer had some interesting things to say about what’s gone wrong this year.
— On the other hand, WSU may go down as one of the worst teams in college football history with another loss, as Bud Withers details.
— Withers also has this Pac-10 notebook.
— Here’s a good wrapup of the Will Muschamp story from yesterday with Dennis Dodd predicting he will take over in 3-5 years.
Vince Grippi has lots of game-related links. Of special note is this John Blanchette column wondering where this game stands among the worst rivalries of all time.
— The LA Times also gets in the act on how bad this game shapes up.
— Huskies and Cougars are 1-2 in this week’s Bottom 10.
— ESPN’s Ted Miller has an interesting look at the human side of all the losing by the two teams.
— Miller also says that WSU receiver Brandon Gibson will be the best player on the field Saturday.
All for now.

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