Washington is now just 12 days away from hitting the field for the first time this spring — and the first time since the Alamo Bowl loss that ended the season at 7-6.
Much has obviously changed since then — the entire defensive coaching staff has been revamped, Chris Polk has departed as have a number of other seniors, and who knows what else will be new.
For now, though, not a lot of news from Montlake, so the links inevitably tilt to news from elsewhere. ….
— Continuing the debate began by Athlon’s ranking of the Pac-12 coaches, ESPN.com’s Ted Miller compiles his own list and leaves Steve Sarkisian right where he was, at No. 6.
— Meanwhile, ESPN.com’s Stanford blog debates David Shaw’s standing in the same Athlon coaching rankings.
— The San Diego Union-Tribune offers a feature on quarterback Ryan Katz, who will likely start for the Aztecs against UW on Sept. 1 after transferring from Oregon State. Also included is a note on SDSU beginning to work against UW’s offense and defense.
— ESPN.com updates the competition to replace Andrew Luck at Stanford.
— Matt Hayes of The Sporting News compares and contrasts the varying sentences handed down by the NCAA for violations, and says something I’ve written often on here before, as well — cooperation is key.
— CBSSports.com has some interesting comments from Mike Stoops about the ability to win at Arizona.
— Here’s an excerpt from a new book from a former college football agent that is bound to stir up a lot of discussion.
— Jon Wilner looks at the potential impact of other recent realignment developments.
— PacificTakes says the newly announced series between Oregon and Michigan State is a jumpstart on the new Pac-12/Big Ten partnership.
— The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah’s coaching staff is the youngest among BCS schools.
— The Orange County Register has a little note on Sean Harlow, a lineman being recruited by UW and a few other schools.
All for now.