With a little lull in the football season, a few Pac-12 players will instead run track this weekend at the Husky Classic at the Dempsey Indoor.
Among those listed as participating are UW’s James Johnson (60-meter hurdles and 4-by-400 relay) and Cameron Elisara (shot put); Oregon’s LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner (60-meter dash), Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton (60-meter dash), Washington State’s Nolan Washington (60-meter dash) and UCLA’s Randall Carroll (60-meter dash). And it’s possible I missed other events for some of those listed, but that’s what I noticed in a quick perusal of the entries. (And to make clear, Elisara’s football career at UW is over, but figured I’d include him in this list).
The meet is obviously about a lot more than football players running track, however, as 16 of the top 25 men’s teams in the nation and 12 of the top women’s teams will be represented.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The Times obtained an e-mail from Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott suggesting how the Huskies may want to apologize to Oregon after the comments of AD Scott Woodward prior to the Oregon game last November.
— Interesting item in the LA Times tonight that the Angels think they may have a chance to get a look at Jake Locker on the diamond this spring if there is an NFL lockout. Locker said recently in a radio interview on ESPN 710 Seattle that he was done with baseball and that his contract with the Angels would void the minute he signs an NFL contract. Obviously, however, a lockout could preclude him signing an NFL deal for quite some time, and this story makes it sound as if the Angels want to try to hold Locker to a contractual obligation to play.
— ProFootballTalk notes that ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay doesn’t seem as high on Locker as he once was.
— FoxSportsWest.com unveiled a possible All-Pac-12 freshmen team for 2011 including UW signees Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
— The Sporting News’ final Pac-10 recruiting rankings have UW third behind USC and Oregon.
All for now.