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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Wednesday afternoon links and notes — Banner optimistic about UW, assistant coach salaries, and more

You’d never really know it with all the recruiting news erupting everywhere, but this is officially a dead period — which means no in-person contact between a coach and a recruit or their parents (though calls are allowed).

The dead period, which started Monday, actually lasts until Jan. 3, allowing teams in bowls to concentrate on their games, and giving everyone something of a respite for the holidays.

But that doesn’t mean a lot can’t and won’t happen. And UW fans looking for some good recruiting news may be heartened by the positive comments about Washington from Zach Banner in this story posted today by 247Sports.com. Banner says that his trip to UW last week “opened my eyes a lot.” He says again in the story, however, that he won’t make a decision until after visiting USC next month.

Getting Banner, though, would obviously pump some life into a UW recruiting class ranked No. 38 nationally today by Scout.com (and eighth in the Pac-12) and 55th nationally and ninth in the Pac-12 by 247Sports.

One player UW was recruiting, JC running back Kelvin York, is instead heading to Utah, reportedly signing with the Utes today. He had visited UW the week of the Apple Cup. (York’s signing is included in this breakdown of early JC signings in the Pac-12 from ESPN.com’s Ted Miller.

It’s possible York could be heading elsewhere based on the fact that Mariner High RB KeiVarae Russell has said he will announce next week between UW and Notre Dame.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— USA Today released its annual examination of the salaries of college football assistant coaches today. And here is its breakdown of Washington’s staff. As the conference breakdown shows, UW had the second-highest paid coaching staff in the Pac-12 last year among public schools at roughly $4.5 million, behind the $5.1 million of Oregon. As a private school, USC doesn’t release figures, but USC probably has the highest-paid coaching staff in the conference. And as the list of top-paid assistants that is with the main story shows, Nick Holt is the 10th-highest paid assistant in the counry at $650,000.

— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel has picked UW to beat Baylor 40-34, though Husky fans will have to hope that prediction turns out better than some of the others he has made so far (though I can hardly talk as I’ve missed on most of those as well).

Robert Griffin III was named the AP’s Player of the Year today.

— Miller also has lots of good links around the Pac-12.

— Tough talk from new UCLA coach Jim Mora today about that school’s rather strange tradition of going “over the wall.” The Bruins also lost four players for their bowl game.

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