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May 26, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Tuesday morning links

Catching up on some weekend reading. …
— This is a few days old, but the LA Times has a note on Miami making an offer to Melvin Davis, the RB from Narbonne High who has committed to UW.
— ESPN’s Ted Miller lists one big area of need for each Pac-10 school heading into the summer and for UW points to Washington’s kicking situation. Neither spot is exactly set heading into fall camp and the Huskies will be looking for some quick answers there come August.
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News says he’ll believe a Pac-10 TV Network when he sees it.
Nick Daschel of Buster Sports lists the six best one-season coaching performances in the Pac-10 in the last decade. Such lists are designed for argument, so I’ll make one here — who can Dennis Erickson’s 2000 performance with Oregon State not be higher? He had the Beavers a field goal away from playing for the national title? Maybe he doesn’t deserve all the credit since Mike Riley recruited a good share of the players involved. But OSU going from winless in conference play in 1996 to almost playing for the national title four years later has to be among the most amazing accomplishments in Pac-10 history in my estimation. So put Erickson on the list and give Riley an assist, if you want. (And for those complaining I didn’t mention that UW was the team that beat OSU that year, there was no slight intended, I just figured it would go without saying since that’s one of the most memorable wins in recent Husky history — and I figured you would all still remember it. But here you go — UW was the one team that beat OSU in 2000, 33-30, a win that proved to be the tiebreaker and sent the Huskies to Pasadena that season ahead of the Beavers and Ducks, who also finished 7-1 in Pac-10 play. Had UW not won that game that night, it would have fallen to 0-2 in Pac-10 and no doubt out of the Rose Bowl race, which also would have undoubtedly greatly changed some college football history). Much as some of you might like, hard to deny Tyrone Willingham being on that list for Stanford’s 1999 season. However, those who were there in 1999 will also always rue giving away that game at UCLA that would have all but clinched the Pac-10 title that year for the Huskies. How might college football history had been changed if UW had won that game that day and Willingham’s Stanford team instead just goes to the Holiday Bowl?
— Daschel backs it up today with the worst one-season coaching jobs in the Pac-10 in the last decade and rightfully puts Willingham’s 2008 performance at the top of that list. He didn’t mention Keith Gilbertson and 2004, and while you could probably argue that season would deserve to be on there, as I’ve maintained on here before, to me there’s no comparison that last year was much worse than 2004 in every way — competitiveness on the field, effort of the players, and the simple fact that it was the fourth year for a coach given every chance to succeed vs. being the second year for a coach who never had any security.
— Athlon Sports has some interesting thoughts on the Huskies in its Pac-10 Fantasy Update, with the author writing that “the Husky offense is one of my favorite sleeping fantasy juggernauts in 2009.”
— There’s also mention of UW, specifically Jake Locker, in this look at college football from a fantasy standpoint from However, I hope there’s really not a lot of “bare watching” of the Huskies and Locker this season.
All for now.



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