Washington State may have, uh, pirated the spotlight today. But still some other news out there worth passing along. …
— Spent a little time today talking to some people about what may happen with UW’s bowl invite. Nothing new in terms of where the Huskies will end up — most likely the Alamo and if not there, then the Holiday. And it still sounds as if no one may know anything until Sunday. There had been some speculation that the lower bowls might be able to make some decisions once the Pac-12 title game is over Friday night.
But it sounds as if the bowls will want to wait for sure on the games of Saturday to see how the BCS shakes out before really doing anything. One person said there’s really not enough to gain by making a decision a day or so earlier so they’d rather wait. The Alamo would have to take Stanford or Oregon if either became available. Otherwise, the Alamo will decide among UW, Cal and Utah.
— UCLA, by the way, today received a waiver to go to a bowl if it finishes 6-7 and would likely head to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which barring something that sees Oregon or Stanford fall out of the BCS would be left without a Pac-12 team. Sounds as if the bowl would rather have a 6-7 UCLA team than an at-large.
— The Arizona Republic confirms the conventional wisdom on the bowls, reporting that the Sun Devils are likely headed to the Vegas.
— Steve Sarkisian will speak at the CIF-SS (California) press conference and luncheon on Monday.
— Former Husky quarterback Isaiah Stanback, who was released by the Seahawks earlier this year, was signed today by the New York Giants to their practice squad.
— I’ve gotten some questions about a CBS News/Sports Illustrated report on gangs and sports that features former UW running back Brandon Johnson. It also mentions lots of other schools, so I’m not sure I’d worry that this is a PR hit, as a few e-mailers asked. That Johnson had been arrested was well reported last summer. As noted then, Johnson played at UW in 2007 and 2008 before leaving the team in 2009 due to academic issues.
— ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins reported tonight that Georgia is now making a run at cornerback Brandon Beaver, who has been regarded as favoring UW. He’s quoted in the story saying he plans to visit Georgia in January and likely won’t announce now until signing day.
— If you want more detail on WSU’s hiring today of Mike Leach, here’s our report from Bud Withers. Interesting to note that WSU athletic director Bill Moos say the hire could never have happened if not for the Pac-12’s new TV deal and revenue sharing — one of the biggest proponents of the Pac-12’s new revenue sharing plan was UW athletic director Scott Woodward, a plan that finally came to fruition in Oct., 2010.