A few notes to pass along for a Friday afternoon (and sorry this is late as we had some technical issues with our blog software today). …
— Skyline QB Max Browne, the top recruit in the state for the Class of 2013, took in the Washington basketball game last night, sitting mainly with assistants Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau, though Steve Sarkisian and Jimmie Dougherty were also visible, as well. Browne, is regarded as one of top QB recruits in the country for 2013. He told Scout.com earlier this week he plans to cut his list to five finalists by the summer and then make a decision by the end of summer and prior to his senior season at Skyline.
— Oregon State coach Mike Riley announced this week that the school had hired former ASU linebacker coach Trent Bray — out of a job after the firing of Dennis Erickson — as a graduate assistant. He also said OSU had to fight off at least two other schools for Bray. Sounds as if one of those may have been Washington. All schools will have more spots for graduate assistants next year as the NCAA is expected in April to officially approve going from two GAs to four.
— Oregon self-reported a violation yesterday, an innocuous one for Mike Bellotti relaying some recruiting information from Chip Kelly before the players had signed letters-of-intent. Coaches are not allowed to comment publicly on recruits until letters are signed. Tyrone Willingham committed a similar violation when at UW when he mentioned Jake Locker and James Montgomery during his radio show before each had signed.
— A Kansas newspaper has details of the assistant coach hirings at Kansas State, including that of former UW assistant Mike Cox. While Cox and Jeff Mills (New Mexico) each have landed jobs since being fired, it does not mean they did not receive their money due them from Washington as written in their contracts, which guaranteed them their base salary for the 2012 season. All the fired coaches got lump sum payments and were then free to find new employment. One thing that made it a little easier for UW to handle this financially — along with the oft-mentioned money coming from the new conference TV deal — is that the Pac-12 also got two teams in BCS bowls this year (Oregon Rose, Stanford Fiesta). That money is shared equally by the conference and the Pac-12 got roughly $34 million or so with having two teams in the BCS, money that after expenses is divided equally.
— Good stuff from ESPN.com on whether the Rose Bowl can remain relevant as the bowl landscape changes.