We’ll start the Wednesday links with this column in our paper today from Bud Withers on the Pac-12’s efforts to revamp its football officiating.
As Withers notes, thoughts on officiating tend to run pretty local — everybody thinks theirs is the worst. But their have been a few notable issues the last few years in the conference and new commissioner Larry Scott seems to at least be sending a statement of increased accountability, if nothing else.
Also included is a brief mention of Scott’s work getting the conference a new TV deal for the 2012-13 season, which has much larger ramifications.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller slots Jermaine Kearse No. 23 on his list of the top 25 players in the Pac-10 last season.
— Since a few people have asked the status of the Husky baseball stadium, I’ll pass along this story in our paper today that includes an update. The short version? Construction on phase one of the project (including locker rooms and offices for the coaches) is expected sometime this spring.
— Miller also assesses whether Jim Tresey was a deperate hire as UCLA’s new defensive coordinator.
— The National Football Post has an interesting look at why the 40-yard dash is so important in measuring football players.
— Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com has a couple Pac-12 teams (though not UW) on his list of the 10 most intriguing teams of the spring.
— Here’s a look at Nebraska’s running back position heading into 2011 (remember, we’re far from done with the Huskers as UW goes to Lincoln next September).
— Here’s a wrapup of a couple of different legal issues for players (including one-time UW commit James Montgomery) at Washington State.
— The state of Oregon wants to enact tougher laws to regulate sports agents, and there were some interesting revelations yesterday from the hearings.
— Jon Wilner also has some thoughts on the Pac-12’s officiating, as well as whether Las Vegas might be a suitable host someday for a conference title game, and Cal’s never-ending quest to find stability at QB.
All for now, but I’ll try to get another position outlook and a Q-and-A up later today.