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November 10, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Coaches conference call notes

Here are a few notes of interest from today’s Pac-10 coaches conference call:
— UW’s Steve Sarkisian was mostly asked about teams or some theoretical football questions (including a few about me on play-calling that I will get to later) so not a lot of real Husky football news emanating from his time on the call. In the only personnel matter addressed, he said he hopes to get a definitive ruling today on the status of DT Cameron Elisara, who was still out on Monday with a stinger suffered in the first half against Arizona State Oct. 17 — he hasn’t played since. Sarkisian said he’d like to get a yes or no on Elisara “so we know what we are going into the week with earlier rather than later.” Without Elisara, UW has been using a line at times featuring Daniel Te’o-Nesheim at tackle.
— One issues Sarkisian was asked about was the possibility of an early signing period. Sarkisian said he would be in favor of it, though he thinks it’s a few years away before it would be seriously considered. He said that the recruiting calendar has gotten earlier and earlier each season, something he said the Internet has helped to facilitate. He said that an early signing period would be good to allow teams to secure the early commitments that they get without worrying they will change their minds later. “Then the kids could sign and you could feel good about what you are doing and know what you have and move forward,” Sarkisian said.
— OSU coach Mike Riley didn’t have a ton to say about the UW game because he was also asked lots of questions on other topics. But he was asked about having been in the Pac-10 for a while and how strange it is to see a time when OSU has won five in a row against the Huskies considering the long streak UW had on the Beavers for so many years. “It’s amazing the cycle of life in football, isn’t it,” he said. “I don’t think anybody would have thought of Washington where they were last year, ever. But we’re seeing it now, the transformation of a team, and to give the previous regime credit, there were a lot of good, young players there and then Steve has just enhanced that with a very, very good system. The best example is Jake (Locker) of course, but a lot of good players in that program have been a major part of transforming that team.”
— Riley also said among the biggest reasons for OSU’s improvement the last few weeks is the maturation of a young offensive line — just one senior and two sophomores and one true freshman are starting — that is allowing QB Sean Canfield to not take as many sacks as he had been earlier. He also cited the improvement of a similarly young defensive line — two sophomores and two juniors start. “That’s how football goes,” he said. “You’ve got to be good on both lines.”
— In fact, OSU’s depth chart for this week lists just six senior starters — three on each side of the ball. One of those, though is QB Sean Canfield.
— Cal coach Jeff Tedford said the team has not given any thought to whether Jahvid Best will be able to play again this season — the Bears close the regular season in Seattle on Dec. 5. He said Best is recovering at his home (he’s from nearby Vallejo).
— UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said QB Kevin Prince, who suffered a concussion against UW Saturday, was cleared to return to practice today and is likely to play Saturday at Washington State.
— If you missed it on my Twitter feed earlier, Juan Garcia has signed with the Spokane Shock.
All for now.

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