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August 7, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Friday links

About three hours away now from the first press conference of the season, at which time we should find out some definitive news on a few personnel issues. Until then, a few links to bide your time. …
— The USA Today Coaches Poll is out which I link mostly to note that Steve Sarkisian is not a voter. Tyrone Willingham had been a voter during much his UW career, but the vote in the state this year has shifted to Paul Wulff at WSU. But often, these things are alternated by season. As for the poll, four Pac-10 teams are ranked — USC at No. 4, Cal at 12, Oregon at 14 and Oregon State sneaking in at 25. LSU, UW’s first opponent, is No. 9.
— Speaking of Sarkisian, he cites one of his favorite musical groups in his latest Twitter posting.
— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel had a lengthy look this week at the controversy over BYU’s national title in 1984, which obviously greatly impacted the Huskies, who were No. 2 that season. For more on this, here’s a story I wrote on the 1985 Orange Bowl a few years ago with comments from Barry Switzer and Don James.
— A preview of the Pac-10 by The Sports Network notes that the Huskiese “could have the most improved offense in the country” if Jake Locker can handle the change in offensive schemes..
— ESPN’s Bruce Feldman apparently has some thoughts on Locker’s development, but since I’m not an “ESPN Insider” I don’t know what they are. But I’ll pass it along to alert those who are.
— Here’s an interesting look at the challenges college coaches face in making the scholarship numbers work that cites the “Suddenly Senior” controversy of a few years ago.
— The LSU/Washington blog has a few interesting notes on the game.
— Here are a few other impressions of LSU’s first practice.
All for now.

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