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— The East beat the West 13-12 in the state all-star game yesterday in Everett. But sounds as if UW recruit Andru Pulu had a standout game, according to this report in the Everett Herald, as it notes that he led all tacklers with 12, including seven solo.
— As many of you noted on here earlier, the Huskies held their Rising Stars camp Friday and Saturday. Scout.com reported that Bethel High DL Happy Iona received a scholarship offer after the camp. According to their list, he is the only other in-state player with an offer other than those who have already committed.
— Jake Locker, meanwhile, helped out at a camp in Bellingham Saturday.
— BetFirms.com has this assessment of UW, with the most notable fact that the Huskies are a plus-7500 bet to win the Pac-10 this season. Would you take that? (According to gambling friends, I misinterpreted this as 7500 to one when it is instead plus 75, meaning one dollar down to win 75. Either way, I think the point is clear on UW’s odds this season).
— The Orlando Sentinel has a good look at the incoming commissioners of the Pac-10 and the Big East. As noted, the reign of Tom Hansen officially ends on Wednesday, with Larry Scott taking over. One thing that struck me, however, is the author’s assertion that the Pac-10 has to fight the perception of being a weak conference solely because USC has been so strong. For years all we heard from those back east is that the Pac-10 isn’t any good if someone other than USC is winning it in football (or UCLA in basketball). Seems a little bit like the Pac-10 can’t win on that front. Also, note that UCLA AD Dan Guerrero points out that geography is a huge part of the reason for the TV deal paling compared to that of the SEC. A new commissioner is not going to get the Pac-10 the exact same deal as the SEC.
— Speaking of Hansen, Sportsline.com had another long Q-and-A with him on his way out this week. One thing interesting to note is that Hansen had some pretty innovative ideas when he first came into the conference, something that might catch some of his detractors by surprise. (And if that sounds like something of a defense of him, it is in the standpoint that I feel he’s way too easy of a target for all that some don’t like about the Pac-10. The geography and time zone issues are things no human can do anything about and the chancellors and presidents hold sway on a number of others. And to expect to just magically fix all of those problems is a little unrealistic).
— Former Oregon QB Justin Roper is going to Montana.
All for now.
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