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January 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Tuesday morning notes

A slew of notes and links to kick off what feels like the official beginning of the new year. …

— Classes for the Winter Quarter at UW begin today, which means any winter enrollees would be in today. It’s been expected that two members of the Class of 2011 that didn’t make it in — Marvin Hall and Antavius Sims — will begin classes today. UW coach Steve Sarkisian, if you remember, said last fall that Hall would begin classes now and that’s been the expectation since. There’s no definitive word from the school on Sims but it’s also been expected he would make it in. If/when there is official word I will also pass that along. For all the other players, that also means being back to class today and the beginning of off-season conditioning programs and all that.

— I’d assume UW’s new coaches are also at work today. Here’s a welcome to them from CoachSark’s site. I’ve gotten lots of questions about the quick turnaround and whether that means they may have had some of this in place before letting go of the previous coaches. I can’t definitively say, and one thing to remember is everyone has agents these days, so there’s always kind of a third-party deniability that all can have. But the kind of offer these guys likely got, and to leave a Tennessee program that appears in chaos, could have happened quickly, especially given the Northwest ties of each of the new coaches — Oregon native Justin Wilcox and Washington native Peter Sirmon. Also worth remembering, though, what a big and cutthroat business college football is these days (really, it always has been, but the manner in which it is changes through the years like everything else). Everybody knows what they’re getting into and everybody is well-compensated for it.

— Today is still officially a dead period in recruiting but tomorrow becomes a quiet period when more contact can take place, including visits. The full-on contact period, however, doesn’t begin until Jan. 13 and then lists until Jan. 29.

— has a good story on the departure of Wilcox and Sirmon and what it means to Tennessee’s program, and the impact those two had on the program there. And their departures helped entice Tennessee coach Derek Dooley to give something of an “all is well” speech to the media there this morning.

— Athlon’s lists UW as one of three possible breakout teams in 2012.

—’s Ted Miller notes the Pac-12 finished the bowl season 2-5, and also provides the most obvious excuse — USC’s ineligibility meant everyone below the top two teams in the conference was playing in a bowl game a spot higher then they deserved. Certainly, think of the possible difference if UW had played Texas in the Holiday Bowl, as it probably would have had USC not been ineligible, instead of the game it got against Baylor.

— The Go2Guy says karma caught up to Nick Holt, and also has some other musings on the big news of the weekend.

— Anything you’d want to know about the Rose Bowl (which I realize may not be much, but just in case) can be found right here.

— And obviously, a brutal loss for Stanford last night, a Cardinal team that will now look markedly different going forward with Andrew Luck departing, as well as maybe the team’s two best OLs in David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin. Pre-Snap Read makes the same case a lot of others were likely thinking — the Cardinal really should have just put the ball in Luck’s hands at the end and let him win it by himself. Really, if there’s a QB who could ever have been trusted to not do the wrong thing there, it would have been Luck. Should have let him do it.

— Many have asked when the Pac-12 football schedule for 2012 will be released. According to a few Tweets I saw, conference commissioner Larry Scott said during the bowls yesterday (he was at both the Rose and Fiesta) that it should be out by the end of next week.

— Finally, if you want to hear a little of what UW’s new defensive coordinator sounds like, here’s some video of Wilcox in an interview early on during his Tennessee days:

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