First off, a couple of notes:
— The LEAP program — a four-week summer course designed to help incoming students at UW acclimate to college life — begins today.
It is expected that all of UW’s incoming freshmen football players will participate, meaning they will be eligible for the 2011 season. Official confirmation of who has enrolled should come at some point in the next day or so from the school.
— I’ve had lots of questions about when UW’s fall camp will begin. The school has not officially announced a date yet, but it will likely be around Aug. 8, which is a Monday. Teams are limited by NCAA rules when they can start, and it’s generally about four weeks or so from a team’s first game, which for UW is Sept. 3.
Now for a few links. …
— Interesting stuff here from ESPN.com on how recruits may take a wait-and-see approach to the developing situation at Oregon. Joshua Garnett and Zach Banner are each quoted, and neither indicates they are willing to write off Oregon all that quickly as an option.
— Here is the latest news on Oregon from The Oregonian, including links to the interview Willie Lyles gave to Oregonian columnist John Canzano.
— More Lyles and Pac-12 links from The Oregonian.
— FOX Sports comlumnist Jason Whitlock is not a fan of Lyles.
— Bud Withers of our staff has this take on the Oregon situation.
— Oregon is paying $330 an hour to its lawyer.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller reviews the kicking position in the Pac-12 this year and puts UW in the “great shape” category.
— Athlon’s looks at the rise of the Pac-12 under commissioner Larry Scott.
— Some interesting stuff at the bottom of this link on how the Pac-12 Network might work.
— Nick Holt mentioned in this look at the rise in salaries of assistant coaches.
All for now.