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July 15, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Wednesday links, notes

A little bit of baseball news — because I have nowhere else to put it and figure it might be interesting to some of you — included in this one. …
— But first we’ll start with football, beginning with perennial UW fan favorite Nick Daschel, who has an interesting look at the recent history of the Pac-10 pre-season media poll (essentially, good at getting the champ, but a little spottier picking second and third). He also reveals he has UW eighth in his pre-season poll ahead of Arizona and Washington State. That also points out that Arizona looks to be maybe the most all-over-the-board team there is in the Pac-10 this year — I’ve seen the Wildcats as high as third in some projections. They have a lot of returnees overall but lost some really key ones such as QB Willie Tuitama, making them especially hard to read.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has this update on Pac-10 recruiting.
— The UW’s official site has a little more on the LEAP program that the incoming frosh football players are participating in the next four weeks. And as noted in the change in the previous entry, it is properly called LEAP and not bridge, as I originally had it. It was referred to as bridge in previous years but has a new official name now.
— Some of you asked for more specifics on the JC players with the status of a few still being uncertain. I don’t really have them at the moment (and there are some privacy laws that prevent the school from going into detail), but what you probably most need to know is that it sounds as if five of the six are probably going to get in and one, Johnny Tivao, is more uncertain. But one thing to remember on the JC kids is that it is simply harder to get them into UW than it is high schoolers. That’s even more true at all levels these days, not just athletics, as the school has stiffened its standards in the wake of budget cuts and overenrollment. But all students also have to go through the final admissions process where they can simply be denied admission if the board feels as if they aren’t a good candidate to have a successful academic career at UW. That happens more frequently with JC students (and specifically out of state as in-state JC students in the past have been admitted if they had a degree from an in-state JC). So sometimes they can be eligible by general NCAA standards but still not be admitted to UW. That’s why answering the question sometimes of “what one thing didn’t they do'” or “what one thing do they still have to do” can be tricky.
— Speaking of JC transfers, coach Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to make them a regular part of his recruiting classes — UW doesn’t have any commits from JC players for its Class of 2010. “As we move forward, the number of JC recruits we have is going to diminish and we’ll just recruit more high school kids, which is good because that’s how you build the program,” he said.
— UW 2010 commit Keanon Lowe is mentioned in this SI.com story on the top 10 high school athletic programs in the country. Lowe’s Jesuit High in Portland is ranked No. 2.
— Now for some baseball, sounds as if former UW coach Ken Knutson is a candidate to end up on the staff at Arizona State.
— Interesting story out of Hawaii at the anger of local fans over UH coach Mike Trapasso having been linked with the UW job.
— And here’s another candidate for the baseball job that I’ve heard could be pretty serious. UPDATE — Since first writing this, indications I’ve gotten are that this coach may have turned the job down, obviously forcing the UW search to turn in another direction.
All for now.

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