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November 24, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Tuesday night links and notes

Tuesday night usually means a long recap of the Steve Sarkisian radio show.
But if you listened tonight, you know there’s not much real news to recap. It was an especially jocular show that included a costume contest and visits from Marques Tuiasosopo and defensive line and special teams coach Johnny Nansen. Sounded fun if you were there, but not a whole lot to really transcribe.
But here are a few notes:
— Sarkisian said Tuesday’s practice was “intense. … it was chippy, it was energetic, a lot of excitement and energy in the air, which is the way you want it to be in November.”
— He said of E.J. Savannah that “it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to go.”
— Asked about the Kavario Middleton comments of Monday, he repeated what he had said earlier in the day that it shows the team is still young growing up. He said that his players have “got to find a way to be comfortable in these types of settings and what to say and how to say it.” He that Middleton wishes he hadn’t said it but that he gave him credit that when he was asked about it “he didn’t back down and held his ground.” But he pointed to comments made earlier this year by Chris Polk and Quinton Richardson and said that “we are still learning how to answer tough questions when we get asked them” and that the coaches are continuing to try to prepare the players how to deal with the media. In other words, sounds like lots of years of boring quotes ahead.
— He said he doubts that such comments really impact a game at all, saying “bottom line, those words don’t mean anything. It’s about playing the game.” He said the emotion that can be revved up from such comments can work both ways — either getting a player up for a game, or getting him so worked up he’s distracted. He said what really matters is preparing each week in practice and being mentally focused on game day.
— Nansen talked a lot about playing for WSU and being on the other side in this rivalry, and facing Corey Dillon — he said he hosted Dillon on his official visit to WSU (which reminds me that Mike Price once told me that Dillon told him at the end of the trip that he was going to commit to WSU. Price said that was the last time he ever talked to Dillon until hearing that Dillon had committed to UW, instead).
— Nansen said having played at WSU didn’t enter his mind when offered the job at UW by Sarkisian. “You couldn’t ask for a better person to work for,” he said. “When he called me, I didn’t even think about it.”

— Interesting story out of Notre Dame tonight that the Clausen family has sold a house it had in South Bend, indicating Jimmy Clausen is heading to the NFL — and possibly impacting Jake Locker’s decision down the road.
— Here’s a list of all the All-League teams for leagues covered by The Seattle Times. Lots of future Huskies mentioned, such as Michael Hartvigson as the defensive player of the year in the KingCo Crown, and Colin Porter as a co-offensive player of the year; Sione Potoa’e as the defensive lineman of the year in the SPSL 3A league; Jamaal Kearse and Darius Waters each on the first team offense in the same league, and Kearse on the first team defense and Waters on second team defense; Ben Riva as offensive lineman of the year in the Metro League Mountain Division and Zach Fogerson on the first team defense.
— And yes, if you look at the Metro League Mountain Division and see a familiar name as the defensive player of the year, that is indeed the son of UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt. He is a junior linebacker for Seattle Prep.
— We also had this story today on Taniela Tupou, a junior lineman for Archbishop Murphy who has already been offered by UW.
— Lots of WSU notes from The Spokeman-Review here and here. The first contains a look at the Locker family ties to the Apple Cup.
Ted Miller picks UW 40-24 guessing the Huskies won’t quite reach the Middleton Line.
— He also notes that Cal has made no decision yet on whether Jahvid Best will be able to play against UW Dec. 5.
Nick Daschel looks at UW’s varying degrees of victory in the Apple Cup.
Finally, a tentative time for our weekly live chat is 2 p.m. Wednesday.
All for now.



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