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June 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM

More answers, and a few links

This is a week when I’m trying to get in some vacation time, so this may be my only entry of the day here. So I’ll try to make it a hefty one with a few answers and a few links.
First, some Q-and-A’s.
Q: If Alejandro Maldonado is so good, why did the recruiting services list him with just one offer?
A: I think mostly because he’s a kicker. Unless you need one you usually don’t really recruit one. It’s not like every other position where you usually get a few no matter what. He’s a West Coast guy, obviously, and if you examine the Pac-10, a lot of teams have pretty established, young kickers (Arizona State and UCLA come to mind) so they probably aren’t going to offer any this year. I remember that part of the reason UW got John Anderson out of Florida is because it was one of the few schools that was offering a scholarship and had an immediate opening for a kicker. But as Yogi Berra might say, if you have it, then you don’t need it. Also, it’s still relatively early in the process. I’m sure he would have gotten more offers if he stayed on the market.
Q: Isn’t three kickers too many to have on scholarship, as UW may have in 2010?
A: I saw this discussed quite a bit on here yesterday in the wake of the Maldonado commitment, with people remembering that UW used to depend on walk-ons for all of its kickers. The days of depending on walk-ons, however, are over. That’s not a real workable strategy in this day and age. And interestingly, one person who often says to me that UW should put more kickers on scholarship is one of the main exhibits of the walk-on strategy — Chuck Nelson. I’ve had several conversations with Nelson where he has said he feels like college teams don’t pay enough attention to the position and should always have several on scholarship to ensure competition and getting a competent kicker. His point is that it’s worth spending an extra scholarship or two on a kicker to make sure you get a good one. Do you really need, say, that 10th linebacker on scholarship at the risk of not having a good kicker given the potential value to the team of each player? Steve Sarkisian obviously seems to side a little with Nelson in putting great value in the kicking game.
Q: Per your note yesterday on Pac-10 coaches on the hot seat and saying that there aren’t any, wouldn’t Arizona’s Mike Stoops be in danger of Arizona falls back to the pack as it seems could happen this year?
A: First off, I would think last year bought Stoops a little bit of time (and I’m also not convinced Arizona drops off all that much if the defense and other skilll players besides QB are as good as they look like they could be on paper). But most practically, Stoops got a pretty hefty raise and extension through 2013 after last season that would seem to ensure he’s safe for a little while.
NOW FOR A FEW LINKS. …
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has a funny take on the back-and-forth fake Twitter pages created for Sarkisian and WSU’s Paul Wulff, apparently by fans of each of the rival schools.
— Speaking of Facebook and Twitter, Arizona officials are warning their athletes about the dangers of using those sites.
— Here’s a Cal take on the Tevin Carter situation.
— BetFirms.com picks USC first and UW ninth.
— This is the last official day in office for Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen, which I know for many of you might rival, say, Oregon going on probation as a reason to party. Here’s one more Q-and-A with Hansen on his way out. And here’s a list from one Sporting News writer on the challenges awaiting new commish Larry Scott.
All for now.

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