Just eight days now until spring football begins on March 29.
We’ll try to get you prepared for it here on the blog this week by finishing up our position previews, getting a few more Q-and-A posts up, and holding a live chat (probably Tuesday or Wednesday).
Until then, a few other news and notes. …
— And we’ll start with a sad one as former UW flanker Jim Cope has died. Here is his obit (a version of which also appeared in print in our paper over the weekend). Cope lettered from 1966-68 and was the Guy Flaherty Award winner for the 1968 team, the most prestigious honor the team awards each year as it honors the most inspirational player as voted on by teammates. Cope had 11 receptions for 195 yards against USC in 1966. The 11 reception as a UW record at the time and was not broken until 1998.
— You can only read a paragraph of this story without a subscription to Sports Business Daily. But that paragraph says a lot as it reports that the Pac-12 is searching for the richest TV deal in college sports. Assuming that means it’s looking for more than the SEC is getting from its recent deal, which paid each school in that conference more than $17 million in the most recent accounting.
— Mike Sando of ESPN.com says don’t expect the Seahawks to draft Jake Locker.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says Andrew Luck was the top player in the Pac-10 last season. Miller also reviews the entire list, noting that Locker is the highest rated player on his pre-season rankings not to make it on the post-season list.
— Lots of profiles here of local high school players from PrepProfiles.com.
— Forbes is continuing its reports of who makes what in college football and today reviews the Big 12.
— Here’s a look at Oregon State’s offensive line.
All for now.
UPDATE — Informed one of the links I had earlier may have had a virus, so I’ve simply deleted it.