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July 27, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Tuesday links — Young says he’s still headed to UW

We’ll start this morning with a story from the Auburn Reporter that’s a few days old, but one I’m not sure was discussed on here —- an interview with UW signee Chris Young, who failed to get eligible and is now at Arizona Western JC.
Young discusses the incident that got him kicked off the football team last fall, his inability to get eligible, and that he still plans to play at UW, saying Husky football coaches are holding a scholarship for him. He will have to get a degree at Arizona Western, so it’s likely he’ll stay (and play) there for two years before returning. A common question is why don’t guys sit out at that level and save the year for Division-I. Some do, but it’s often considered best if they play, which keeps them not only in playing shape (the early years of a career at the D-I level would often be largely developmental, as well) but engaged in the process, which usually increases the odds they’ll get everything done.
I’ve also been asked why players in situations such as Young don’t go to Prep Schools, as basketball players often do. The main reason I can think of is lack of opportuniity — I don’t think there are a lot of Prep Schools that have football programs (or ones worth playing at, since again, you don’t want someone to go away and do nothing or stagnate for two years during what are critical developmental years).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The Pac-10 can’t complain about not getting some pub for all of its efforts. There are all kinds of stories out there on the conference and commissioner Larry Scott, including this one from SI.com (And as an aside, has a conference ever gotten so much press for introducing a new logo?)
Jon Wilner also has a good piece on Scott.
— As part of the New York media tour, Steve Sarkisian and the other Pac-10 coaches will ring the bell on Wall Street tomorrow.
— The Mountain West Conference is also holding its media events this week, so if you’re interested in keeping up on UW’s first opponent, BYU, here’s a good start.
AUDIO UPDATE —- Thanks for the comments on our audio experiment Monday. Don’t worry — the intent isn’t to have a million of those on here with me babbling, though as one of you noted, that may be an option at times to quickly get some thoughts on key topics at times, nor after long two-a-days, that sort of thing. The main intent is to pass along some interviews, which I hope to start with Pac-10 Media Day this week. But thanks again for the comments and I will keep suggestions in mind.
All for now.

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