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January 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Thursday night notes

Still tenuous conditions and only generator power where I live. But I’ve got enough to pass on a few quick notes. …

— ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins Tweeted an update on Shaq Thompson’s recruitment today saying he will not visit UCLA and that Washington is “doing very well” and that Oregon is “making a move.”

Thompson is among the most significant of players committed to Cal now considering other schools in the wake of UW’s hiring of Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau to its staff. Thompson, from Grant High in Sacramento who visited UW the weekend of the Cal game in September, has had UW among his favorites from the start, though it was always considered he was going to commit to Cal regardless. He committed to Cal earlier this month at the U.S. Army All-American Game but has said since the departure of Lupoi that he is again considering his options.

— Biggins also Tweeted that WR Cedric Dozier of Lakes High — another commit to Cal reconsidering options now — will visit Washington State this weekend. Dozier has made it clear he wants to be a WR in college and speculation has been UW wants him as a defensive back. WSU presumably would want him as a WR in an offense that now will feature an awful lot of them.

— The news about Chris Polk and the Senior Bowl earlier today elicited a question about Polk’s stats for his true freshman season in 2008 — 33 yards on 20 carries in two games — and whether they now count in his career numbers. The answer is yes, and in fact, they always have. All stats count these days, regardless of redshirt season or bowl games or whatever (something that has gradually changed through the years, with all schools going back and retroactively updating them).

That further elicited the question of whether that causes some inequities in stats. The reality is there are always some inequities as some teams always play more games than others, whether it be bowl games or conference title games or the extra game teams get for playing at Hawaii. The season also has gradually lengthened through the years — from 10 games at the most through the ’60s (usually, anyway) to 11 beginning in 1971 and then to 12 in 2006.

— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel writes about the ripple effect of Lupoi’s hire.

— The Sporting News says all the coaching hires in the Pac-12 have helped close the gap on the SEC.

— Athlon’s has some “very early” picks on the Pac-12 in 2012 and places UW second in the North behind Oregon.

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