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March 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Sunday morning news and notes

Though first, goes without saying that was an amazing performance by the UW basketball team at the Pac-10 tournament.

It was one that in some ways mirrored what the football team accomplished this season in pulling out of a mid-season nose dive to go on a run that included a bowl game win that is one of the most memorable in school history.

And if one of sport’s greatest values is in serving as a microcosm of larger lessons that can apply more broadly, the football and basketball teams are not only studies in perseverance, but also to the rest of us to maybe hold off in making sweeping judgments until all the evidence is in.

In our increasingly Twitterfied society — where there are larger mediums than ever for instant communication of every gut level reaction — such patience can be hard to find (it’s amusing sometimes to read Tweets of games I’m not watching and assume that one team must be getting blown out and then turn it on to find that it’s a tie game).

A week ago, the UW hoops team was pretty much viewed as on life support, called by some one of the most disappointing teams in the country. Now, it has another post-season tournament title in hand and lots of hope heading into the NCAA Tournament — and a long run there would prove as the ultimate definer of this season, not the home losses to WSU and USC or the road sweep at Oregon.

And I wish I had a dollar (or more like $10 considering some of the debts I have) for every e-mail I got or blog comment I read during the football team’s three-game losing streak speculating about what would happen once the Huskies finished 3-9.

Obviously, such discussion is part of the nature of the beast (and admittedly, as a provider of a forum for it, this and other spaces like it are far from absolved).

But UW fans have gotten vivid reminders this year that seasons are best viewed as long-running plays, with innumerable and unforseeable twists and turns, and that the optimum approach is to enjoy the ride and worry about the ending once it comes.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— We had a story today updating UW’s search for a president.

— FoxSports.com has more this weekend on the issue of street agents and 7-on-7 tournaments that are at the heart of the Oregon situation. Here’s part one on reputed street agent Will Lyles; part two on the recruitment of Oregon RB Lache Seastrunk; part three on the proliferation of 7-on-7 tournaments; and part four on the strange road of a Michigan recruit.

— The Rivals.com experts bat around who they think may make the College Football Hall of Fame. Former UW running back Greg Lewis is a nominee.

— Here’s some Nebraska news as the Cornhuskers — who host UW on Sept. 17 — have started spring workouts.

— Colorado, which UW hosts as a conference opponent this year, is opening spring drills with a new attitude under coach Jon Embree.

— Utah, which hosts UW this year, has some work to do, especially on offense, as it starts spring drills.

All for now.

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