We’ll start off this morning with the reminder that we’ll have a live chat today at noon with former Husky receiver Mario Bailey, who was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 1991 when UW own a share of the national title.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— My story for the paper today focused on the defense and some of the comments made by defensive coordinator Nick Holt in his interview session with reporters on Tuesday.
— Bud Withers has some more thoughts on the officiating at Nebraka Saturday. Two other things to note here: 1, all that’s really likely to happen is that the officials get a private reprimand or something — doubt there would be a public apology or anything; 2, and the Pac-12 has changed its policy of not sending its officials on the road to do non-conference games. So in the future, it would be a Pac-12 crew doing this game on the road, and a crew from the other conference doing the game in Seattle, which would at least avoid the appearance that I’m sure some UW fans have that Nebraska got some home-cooking Saturday (the Pac-12 was the last conference to send its officials on the road, mostly out of financial concerns).
— Don James was a landslide winner in the Times’ poll asking the next Seattle sports personality deserving of a statue.
— Here’s the Tuesday report from UW’s official site.
— Some notes on Cal from BearTalk.
— Here’s some video of Jeff Tedford’s comments to Bay Area media on Tuesday.
— The San Jose Mercury News writes about Brendon Bigelow, the freshman running back who was a UW commit for quite a while last year before switching to Cal near the end. He explains his decision in the story and talks about what it may be like here in Seattle this weekend. Steve Sarkisian said this week he has no hard feelings toward Bigelow and that Bigelow made the decision he felt was best for he and his family. He said Bigelow was “upfront” when he talked to UW coaches calling him “a good kid.”
— Also out of the Bay Area today is this story on Cal fullback Will Kapp, son of Joe Kapp.
— Kevin Calabro says he doesn’t think Holt will stay on the hot seat long.
— Withers also looks at the mark Tedford has made at Cal.
— The line, which had been three the last couple days, is now down to UW by 1.5 or 2.
— Lots of Cal news and notes from GoldenBlogs.com.
IN NEWS AROUND COLLEGE FOOTBALL/THE PAC-12. …
— Jon Wilner wonders if the Pac-12 hurt its future by deciding not to expand.
— A new must-read is Bruce Feldman’s Daily Surf Report, and he also leads off talking about the Pac-12.
— The Associated Press examines what the Pac-12’s news means.
— While CBSSports.com says the Pac-12 may have just saved the Big 12.
— ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel weighs in on what it all means.
— The USC-ASU game Saturday could go a long way toward deciding the Pac-12 South.
— A lot could be riding on the UCLA-Oregon State game this week, as well, though in different ways.
— Some Pac-12 notes from the LA Times.