I delayed the morning links due to the news about Sammie Long. But time now to get to them. …
— Thanks to a reader for alerting me to this story this morning about what Keith Price did during his spring break last week.
We’ll get a chance once spring ball starts next week to talk to Price and ask him then what he worked on during his time with Calhoun.
— Also of note this morning is this story from the Albuquerque Journal on new New Mexico defensive coordinator Jeff Mills, who served as safeties coach at UW the last three years before being fired following the Alamo Bowl.
Mills is quoted in the story saying he accepted his firing at UW as just part of the business.
“I’ve been brought up in this profession and I understand that decisions are made,” Mills said.
— CoachSark’s site, meanwhile, gave official confirmation this morning that Class of 2012 signee RB/LB Ryan McDaniel of North Torrance (Calif.) High has enrolled for the spring quarter. He is the only early enrollee, and given that he is coming off a knee injury suffered last fall, it’s unclear exactly how much he will be able to participate. It was reported earlier that he would likely spend the spring continuing to rehab.
— ReignofTroy.com says one of the top cornerback prospects on the West Coast, Chris Hawkins of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will make his decision known this week. While USC and Stanford are considered the favorites, UW is also considered still in the hunt.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— HeismanPundit lists Jesse Callier as one of 12 players whose numbers could explode in 2012. The reason is obvious — Callier is the most logical heir apparent to take over for the departed Chris Polk. You know my general take on it — I think it’ll be more of a committee deal going forward and it’s probably not realistic to expect anyone to immediately put up individual numbers similar to Polk, who in just three years ended up just 57 yards off the school career rushing record.
— The Sacramento Bee reports that former Major League manager Jerry Manuel thinks Shaq Thompson is having a big impact on local budding baseball players by returning to that spot this spring at Grant High.
— The Bee also reports that Thompson is impressing baseball scouts with his speed for a Grant High team that is off to one of its best starts in a while at 5-1.
— Here’s a scouting report on Alameda Ta’amu.
— Interesting conversation here on ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blog on quarterbacks and offenses in the Pac-12 and SEC.
— ESPN,com’s Ted Miller notes that Pac-12 coaching salaries, rising as fast as they may be, still pale in comparison to places like Alabama.
— Good story here on Boise State coach Chris Petersen and the speculation of whether he’d be the one to take over at Oregon should a replacement for Chip Kelly ever be needed. Miller has his own take on that theory.
— USC is still looking for some defensive linemen.
— UCLA coach Jim Mora, who lived in the same neighborhood as Steve Sarkisian, the last few years, now lives right around the corner from Lane Kiffin (so I guess Husky alums looking for homes in LA know the neighborhood to avoid).
All for now.