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January 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Wednesday morning news, links

Catching up on a few notes and links after another ho-hum night in college football. …
— First off, Dawgman.com is reporting that former UW DL coach Randy Hart will take the same position on the staff of Jim Harbaugh’s at Stanford. Hart was with Notre Dame last year but fired along with the of Charlie Weis’ staff. He worked at UW from 1988-2008.
— Now for all things Lane Kiffin. Ted Miller has a good roundup of links here.


— The LA Daily News says USC contacted UW coach Steve Sarkisian before hiring Kiffin. Sarkisian’s only public comment is that he wasn’t contacted, and sources close to the UW say he was never a factor in the search.
— The LA Times has this overview of the Kiffin hiring.
— What UW fans may care about most is how this will impact recruiting. My gut reaction is that almost all the previously committed USC players probably stay put now, as long as the new staff wants them. ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins talked to a couple who had been wavering who say they will now stay with the Trojans — QB Jesse Scroggins and WR Kyle Prater. If you look further down, Biggins also has some notes on some recruits considering UW, notably LB V.J. Fehoko, though it sounds like he’s probably still headed to Texas Tech.
— Miller also has this take on the recruiting prowess of the new USC staff, and the recruits the LA Times spoke to also sounded happy.
— That recruiting rep was already in place last night as USC new DL coach Ed Orgeron was reportedly calling some of the nine UT players who were expected to enroll mid-year and asking them not to go to class to make it easier to transfer to USC if they wanted (details here). I’ve gotten lots of questions about this, and without knowing more of the details I’m loathe to make any real judgments. However, while it is a dead period, coaches can make one call to recruits during that time, so simply making a call wouldn’t be a violation. Also, players who enroll mid-year don’t sign letters-of-intent but instead sign scholarship papers. Concept is basically the same in terms of binding player to school and vice versa, but Orgeron obviously was trying to exploit a loophole there.
— The LA Times details all of Kiffin’s past indiscretions and notes that he steps into a messy situation at USC.
— Miller breaks down how much hiring Kiffin and his assistants may cost USC, making it clear the Trojans are still No. 1 in the Pac-10 in spending money on football.
Norm Chow to USC isn’t a done deal yet.
— The LA Times also has a good look at what USC football may look like under Kiffin and the staff he’ll assemble.
All for now.

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