The college football season takes on a different feel this week for the Huskies, who continue in something of a holding pattern while waiting to find out their bowl situation.
The team won’t practice again until Saturday morning, so coaches are on the road recruiting — Steve Sarkisian said he was leaving last night after doing his final radio show of the season. So unless there is some recruiting news that breaks from the recruiting trail, there may not be much coming from UW this week.
But obviously there is an awful lot going on elsewhere, so on with the links. …
— Washington State athletic director Bill Moos will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today to talk about the “future of the program.” No one seems to know for sure yet exactly what that means for Paul Wulff, who is 9-40 in four years in Pullman. The Go2Guy made clear yesterday, though, he hopes that means Wulff is gone. UPDATE — Here’s an updated post from The Spokesman-Review, though with no new news.
— As I’m sure you all know, former UW coach Rick Neuheisel was fired as coach at UCLA on Monday (and I think it’s possible he’s the first coach to ever be fired from another job after leaving UW). He’ll coach UCLA Friday but then be done with the Bruins regardless of what happens. An LA Daily News columnist wants UCLA to hire Mike Leach while an Orange County Register columnist says UCLA has to get it right this time. Jill Painter of the LA Daily News examines what went wrong for Neuheisel. Chris Dufresne of the LA Times says UCLA needs to think outside the box. And T.J. Simers writes that Neuheisel was a class act on his way out. ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne writes Neuheisel was never able to make the UCLA job his. Bud Withers also writes about the end for Neuheisel at UCLA. Athlon’s, narrowing things down a bit, lists 13 potential candidates.
— Ted Miller writes that UCLA still wants a bowl regardless if it goes 6-7 (and this could be a real possibility, it sounds like).
— UW commit Nathan Dean is on the Seattle Times Star Times football offensive team and Jason Thompson is on the defensive team (and as explained in the story, the team comprises players in our circulation areas of King and Snohomish counties, which is why you don’t see guys like Zach Banner or Josh Garnett.)
— Rivals.com speculates UW will face Baylor in the Alamo Bowl, theorizing the Alamo will take the Bears over Oklahoma, which it has headed to the Insight.
— Here’s the official school release on the UW players named to the All-Pac-12 team.
— SI.com’s updated rankings of the top 50 classes for 2012 doesn’t include UW. Most recruiting analysts, though, would say that until guys like Banner and Garnett decide, it’s way too early to really judge Washington’s efforts (or that of anyone recruiting those players, with more of the big-ticket guys waiting longer this year to announce than in the past).
— The Oregonian has an exhaustive look at what went wrong for Oregon State this year (well, other than when it played a team from the state of Washington, anyway).
— Despite not knowing who the coach will be, P. Diddy’s son has committed to play football at UCLA.
— Here’s a rundown of everything on the UCLA-Oregon game.
— Speaking of recruiting, I’ll try to do an update on where UW stands right now sometime in the next few days.
All for now.