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December 7, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Wednesday links — Looks like June Jones at Arizona State, and more

UPDATE, 11:20 A.M. — For anyone who may be interested, wanted to pass along that the Times is hosting a live chat today at noon with Washington State athletic director Bill Moos. Here’s a link.

ORIGINAL POST — It appears that Arizona State has found its man to replace the grizzled Dennis Erickson — the almost-as-grizzled June Jones.

There are lots of reports out there that an announcement of Jones — who at 58 is six years younger than Erickson — could come at any time.

Jones has been a lot of places, but usually has been successful, and runs a high-flying offense. UW saw more of it than it wanted in 2007 when a Jones-coached Hawaii team beat the Huskies in Honolulu 35-28, a game that remains one of the most raucuous atmospheres I’ve ever witnessed as Hawaii had to win the game to clinch an undefeated regular season and a Sugar Bowl berth — UW led 21-0 and 28-7 before collapsing.

Assuming the reports are true, ASU will have found its man and the Pac-12 will have yet another new coach known for his offensive accumen (though not something UW will have to worry about until 2013 as the Huskies won’t play the Sun Devils next year).

And further assuming the reports are true, the only vacancy left in the Pac-12 will be UCLA, whose sights are reported to be fixed now on former Husky player and Seahawks coach Jim Mora. Mora’s background is defense, so his hiring — if it happens — would break that trend. The LA Times also says that Mora could be the guy at UCLA, while also wondering if this is the time when the Bruins finally get serious about football.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— One of those other new coaches — WSU’s Mike Leach — was officially introduced yesterday. Leach was asked, by the way, about the reports that he talked with UW athletic director Scott Woodward in 2008 when the Huskies ended up hiring Steve Sarkisian. Leach said he did talk to UW and that “I wanted to look at it.” But he indicated he wasn’t necessarily ready to leave Texas Tech. “I was excited to look at it but I was excited to stay at Tech, too,” he said.

— Here are lots of other links on Leach and around the Pac-12 from Vince Grippi.

— Baylor made QB Robert Griffin III available to the media yesterday, and I wrote this story focusing on his ties to the state — he lived in Olympia for a few years while his father served at Fort Lewis.

— CoachSark’s site has some info on the preparations for the Alamo Bowl.

— The National Football Post offers a mock draft (or at least a top 10). By the end of the Alamo Bowl, UW will have played against four players on the list.

— ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blog has <a href="“>this season recap of UW.

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