I’ll start with another reminder of our live chat today at noon. …
— Next, here are the full Pac-12 predictions from Athlon’s magazine, the print edition of which should be on the shelves any day now. As you can see, Athlon’s picks UW third in the Pac-12 North and to go 8-4 overall and 6-3 in Pac-12 play.
— Here’s a report from out of Boston late yesterday afternoon that Shaq Thompson may be close to signing with the Red Sox.
— This is a pay story, but a Scout.com Red Sox site has an interview with Thompson that focuses solely on baseball.
Here are a couple excerpts:
On being drafted: “This is a great opportunity for me. I want to first thank the Red Sox for drafting me. I couldn’t be happier. This is all a dream come true in so many ways.”
On what he needs to improve in baseball: “Honestly, every part of my game needs improvement. I can improve my whole game and that’ll be what’s best for me moving forward. I want to get to know the game of baseball more and to constantly learn and improve.”
And on his immediate baseball plans: “I really want to learn in the minor leagues. I plan to sign and work my way up through Double-A and Triple-A ball. I want to see the pitching, the speed of the game and the level of competition that is involved. I’m so excited.”
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller takes a stab at who might be UW’s leading tackler next season and rightly notes that until we see the defense in game situations it might be hard to make a lot of assumptions. But I might guess Parker, Miller did, or John Timu based on what we saw in the spring.
— Miller also examines each team’s official number of returning starters.
— SBNation offers an interview of UW commit Sammie Long.
— Interesting stuff here from ESPN.com on what schools spend on recruiting. Included is a chart detailing the numbers for most of the FBS schools. Here’s how the Pac-12 breaks down:
School 2011 2010
Oregon 590,683 622,254
Colorado 470,355 438,289
Washington 440,931 313,631
UCLA 412,535 384,100
Arizona 411,785 410,202
California 394,298 319,203
Oregon State 298,631 213,477
Utah 289,353 249,392
Arizona State 229,464 271,764
Washington State 202,172 205,301
Stanford N/A N/A
USC N/A N/A
I’d imagine USC would be right near the top and Stanford at least middle of the pack if numbers were available for each.