About the only football being played right now is in the Arena Football League, and a couple of former Huskies have had some good moments of late.
One-time UW tight end/defensive tackle Johnie Kirton scored a late TD to help key a rally and eventual win for the Chicago Rush last week. Kirton ranks sixth in the league in rushing and has scored seven touchdowns.
And former DL Caesar Rayford, playing for Utah, was recently named as the league’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Here’s the league’s official web site with schedules and standings.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— A Tennessee Titans blog offers a pretty detailed breakdown of some of Jake Locker’s finer moments last year against Oregon State.
— It’s been a staple of this blog every May for years to include a link to the annual story out of Chicago detailing Notre Dame’s salaries — which come available every year at this time only through tax records — inevitably showing that the school was still also paying former UW coach Tyrone Willingham. But the Chicago Tribune reports today that Willingham is finally off the payroll at Notre Dame, receiving his last payment of $650,000 in 2009. (And obviously the bigger national story is what those records show about what Charlie Weis got to leave — the school paying a lot of money to failed coaches). Willingham received a $1 million lump sum payment shortly after leaving UW, so he has not been on the Husky payroll since that time.
— The WSUFootballBlog has a pretty good look at Colorado, a common opponent for both UW and the Cougars this year.
— The Big Ten is looking to pay its athletes more, which could just open a huge Pandora’s Box if it occurs.
— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel examines some of the complexities in the oversigning debate.