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December 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Monday night news and notes

Recruiting, coaching and Jake Locker news. …
— ESPN’s Greg Biggins with lots of good stuff on the two commitments UW got over the weekend.
— UW’s class is now rated No. 9 nationally and first in the Pac-10 by Scout.com. Rivals.com has UW at No. 15 nationally and second in the Pac-10.
— Former Husky safety Nigel Burton is reportedly the new head coach at Portland State, replacing Jerry Glanville. Burton played at UW from 1996-98 and was a captain as a senior. This could make PSU’s game at UW in 2012 a lot more interesting, if the game gets officially scheduled. The game has been scheduled but has yet to be officially announced.
— ESPN draft expert Todd McShay today rated Locker as the top draft-eligible QB prospect, though he says he thinks Locker could benefit by staying in school for another year.
— Speaking of Locker, a quick comment on the All-Pac-10 Team, announced today. Locker was named honorable mention, with Oregon State’s Sean Canfield and Oregon’s Jeremiah Masoli the first and second team picks. Locker undoubtedly has better pro prospects than either of those two, but that’s not what this is about. Nor is it about just numbers. It’s almost solely about winning. The all-conference QB has come from a winning team every since 1986, when Oregon’s Chris Miller got the nod. And most of the past 15 years or so, the all-conference QB has come from either the team that won the conference title, or came darn close. The last winner from a team that didn’t win at least nine games was ASU’s Jake Plummer in 1995.
— Also, as I noted in the comments section, the voting for the team — which is done by the coaches — was apparently conducted before last weekend’s games were played. Not sure how much that would have changed anything or not, but that’s not uncommon as the conference wants to get the team out as quickly as possible after the season, and coaches often are already scattering on the weekend of the final games, so the voting is done a few days earlier.
— Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly is interviewing at Notre Dame.
Ted Miller had a good piece today on the myth vs. reality of Pac-10 teams playing defense, using the UW-LSU game as evidence.
All for now.

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