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January 21, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Thursday morning links

We’ll start the links today with a little story from the Honolulu Advertiser that makes it clear just how hard UW is hitting Hawaii in recruiting under the new regime.
Here’s the article, detailing the commitment of Hauoli Jamora while also listing the other Hawaiians bound for Washington — OL Micah Hatchie, WR Taz Stevenson and DL Lawrence Lagafuiana (who is regarded as a soft commit and will visit Hawaii this weekend). The story also has an update on S Jeremy Ioane, who visited UW over the weekend, noting he now has an offer from Notre Dame and will make a visit there the weekend of Jan. 28.
While the Ioane news may not be ideal for UW fans, and the Huskies may still have some work to do to get Lagafuiana, the Huskies appear to have three solid commits from Hawaii. And that would be the most for the school since at least 2001. I need to do more research to determine even further back, but since 2002, UW has not had more than two players from Hawaii sign in any year. In fact, UW had just three throughout the Tyrone Willingham era (one of whom was Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who had lived in the Everett area for a while).
UW had two Hawaiians in 2002, then never had more than one again until last year, when Steve Sarkisian took over and said he would make hitting Hawaii hard a priority. Despite a late start last year, the Huskies were able to sign DT Semisi Tokolahi and FB Kimo Makaula.
Sarkisian and recruiting coordinator Johnny Nansen spent the early part of this week in Hawaii and are expected to be in California the latter part of the week.
—’s Ted MIller rates the top 10 Pac-10 coaches of the decade and has Sarkisian tied for 10th. Seems kind of surprising until you look at the list and break down who the other candidates might have been. The only other guys I could come up with were UCLA’s Karl Dorrell and WSU’s Bill Doba, who each had 10-win seasons during the decade, winning Coach of the Year honors in that season, but also each ended up getting fired.

— Miller also rates the Pac-10 prorams for the last decade and has UW at No. 8
— Speaking of Te’o-Nesheim, he continues to impress during workouts at the Shrine Game. However, Te’o-Nesheim also measured in a little smaller than he had been listed during his UW career. He was officially listed at 6-foot, 2.4 inches and 250 pounds. He was listed at UW as 6-4, 263 during his senior year.
— Here4’s an update on Arizona’s search for a new athletic director notable because it lists two former UW assistant ADs as possible candidates — Gary Barta, now the AD at Iowa; and Scott Barnes, now the AD at Utah State.
— The Oregonian’s Ken Goe chips in with his usual collection of links around the conference.
All for now.



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