I’ve finally gotten my computer back up and running, so sorry for the delay in getting some of these things posted on here (these days, being without computer access almost makes you feel like you’re not among the living). …
— The big Pac-12 news of the day is that Matt Barkley is returning to USC to play quarterback for one more year for the Trojans. USC already would have been the favorite to win the Pac-12 South next year, but now will likely be the favorite to win the entire conference (Oregon will likely be just about a consensus pick to win the North). USC will play at UW next season, though exactly when has not yet been set and won’t be until the conference releases the 2012 schedules, which has been promised for some time now but now may not come until next month.
Barkley will also be a leading Heisman candidate and all of that and will have a chance to take USC to the Rose Bowl (or beyond) as the Trojans will again be bowl eligible in 2012.
And remember that Barkley has actually never played in Seattle. He missed the 2009 game due to injury, a not insignificant factor as UW pulled off a shocking 16-13 upset. UW then had to play at USC the last two seasons.
— CollegeFootballMatrix has a list of projected returning starters in the Pac-12 and shows another reason why USC will be a big favorite — it could have as many as 19.
— Mason Kelley broke the news earlier today that Jake Heaps will transfer to Kansas.
— Kelley also posted a ton of recruiting notes on our high school blog today, leading with items on KeiVarae Russell and Zach Banner.
— Here’s my story from today’s paper on Luther Leonard, one of the few left from the Class of 2008, which I plan to break down soon.
— Rivals.com has a look at how all the coaching moves will impact recruiting, including mentions of Jim Mora and Steve Sarkisian.
— The West Seattle Herald offers a feature on Senio Kelemete and Everrette Thompson.
— CoachSark’s site reminds that the Huskies will leave for San Antonio tomorrow and also includes a link to some video of the team’s awards banquet earlier this month.
— CoachingSearch.com reports former longtime UW assistant Chris Tormey may be headed to Wyoming to be the defensive coordinator under former Husky player Dave Christensen.
— Baylor is ninth on the annual Forbes Magazine list of the best college football teams for the money.
— Finally, the Pac-12 sees its first bowl action of the season tonight when Arizona State plays Boise State in the Vegas Bowl (here’s a preview from Ted Miller). My pick? Boise State 48, Arizona State 27 (and for those who think Boise State does it with mirrors, read this).
All for now.