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May 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Tuesday links — Sarkisian chat at noon, and ESPN announces it will televise USC and Nebraska games

A final reminder of the live chat at noon today with UW coach Steve Sarkisian. This is a rare opportunity to correspond directly with UW’s head coach, so make sure to take advantage of it.
Also this morning, ESPN has announced some additional Pac-10 games it will carry this year including two involving the Huskies. The two games added to the list are the Sept. 18 Nebraska game, set for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC; and the Oct. 2 game at USC set for a 5 p.m. kickoff on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Those two are in addition to the previous announcement that the Nov. 18 UCLA game will be televised live on a Thursday night on ESPN. The network will announce a few more games later in the year, and that could also include more UW games.
As noted at the time of the UCLA announcement, ESPN has promised UW six “units” this year — not to be confused with six games. Essentially, games that are nationally televised are two units, games that are regionally televised are one. So if each of the three games already selected goes nationally (meaning to at least 51 percent of the nation) then the deal is done right there. But if any of those games goes regionally (and obviously the UCLA game won’t as it’s the only one of the night) then ESPN would have to pick up another game or two.
In other news. …
— ESPN’s SportsNation is asking its viewers to rank the top 10 Heisman candidates for 2011, with UW’s Jake Locker on the list. Results will be revealed later today.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com, who has helped write some of the USC infractions story by that web site, says he’s heard that the report WILL NOT be in this week, but next week at the earliest. He also Tweets that no one knows anything about what will happen. Pete Carroll, meanwhile, apparently said on the Dan Patrick Show today that he will be surprised if there are sanctions against the Trojans, as reported in the Tweets of Bryan Fischer.
— HuskerExtra.com features UW today in its opponents preview section, which also includes this video.
— I know some of you are tiring of my anti-expansion views on here, but can’t help that I feel it’s not really going to solve anything while taking away from many of the traditions that make college football great — everyone will get a momentary infusion of cash that will be gone within a few years and then you’ll be left with Nebraska playing Rutgers in a Big Ten game that will confuse the heck out of everyone. For the same reasons, I liked Dr. Saturday’s take today on how ridiculous some of the reporting on this subject is getting.
— Though speaking of expansion, here’s the most detailed story I’ve seen yet on the Pac-10 hiring the Creative Artists Agency to help advise it on expansion and other issues (and note the quote near the bottom from Pac-10 commish Larry Scott that any expansion will include only “bigger markets.”
— Rivals.com says the Pac-10 will have the best set of running backs in the country this year and that Chris Polk is one reason why.
All for now.

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