We’ll start with news of an honor for one of the most famous of former Huskies, halfback George Fleming, who was named on Monday to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
Fleming, a native of Dallas, lettered from 1958-60 and was one of leaders of the group of players that turned the UW program around under coach Jim Owens.
He was a star of both of the 1960 and 1961 Rose Bowl wins, named a Co-MVP of the 1960 game along with Bob Schloredt. Fleming kicked a 36-yard field goal, returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown, another 55 yards to set up another TD and also had a 65-yard reception as the Huskies beat Wisconsin 44-8.
The following year he kicked a 44-yard field goal — then the longest in the history of the Rose Bowl — as UW beat Minnesota 17-7. He was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1980, the second year of its existence.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— UW coach Steve Sarkisian is in the Los Angeles area this week recruiting. But he also spoke on Monday at the CIF-SS luncheon.
— Here’s a panoramic of the final Go Huskies chant at Husky Stadium.
— Sports Business Daily has its annual look at the gifts that players will receive for participating in bowl games. The swag for the Alamo Bowl?
— The Pac-12 football title game got a solid rating, delivering Fox its second-highest Friday night of the fall. This Sports Media Watch article, however, says the rating may not be as good as advertised.
— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel says the Alamo is the sixth-best bowl game matchup.
— Kind of a funny video here from ESPN’s Kenny Mayne with Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck talking about their “unique bond.”
— ESPN.com has the Pac-12 third in its weekly conference power ratings behind the SEC and Big 12.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller hands out some end-of-season awards.
— Bud Withers says the hires at WSU and Arizona have turned up the heat at ASU and UCLA.
— The Wall Street Journal has a fun comparison of bowl games to movies, though sadly it doesn’t include the Alamo.
— Dr. Saturday rounds up the morning’s college football news.
— Here’s how all the coaches voted in their final poll.
— Andrew Luck said at Pac-12 media day in July this would be his last year of college football. But just in case, he said it again yesterday.