First off, those eagerly waiting TV times for some of UW’s key games may be rewarded today as ESPN/ABC has said it will announce some times today around 12:30 p.m. Some Pac-12 games are expected to be among those announced.
UW does not yet have times set for any games on its 2012 schedule and be prepared for only a handful to be determined prior to the season. It sounds like the Pac-12 will want to hold as many games for six-to-12-day windows during the season to try to get the best matchups the most visibility in what will be the first year of the new TV deal, which calls for games on ESPN/ABC, various Fox channels, and the new Pac-12 Networks.
I’ll pass along the times decided today as quickly as possible on the blog.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Joe Mathis, a defensive end from Upland, Calif., who committed to UW last year and then decided to reopen his recruiting, told Scout.com that the Huskies remain on his top 10 list and that he is taking an unofficial visit to Washington today. Maybe he can stop on by the rally for the Sonics.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller ranks Pac-12 facilities and gives high marks to UW. But as he notes, so many schools are in various stages of renovating various aspects of their facilities that this is a really tricky thing to judge right now — not that it’s ever easy since it’s such an eye-of-the-beholder thing to begin with. Suffice to say that when UW completes its renovation in time for the 2013 season, its facilities will be considered in any conversation of the best in the conference, which is probably all that really matters.
— Miller also examines the leading sack men in the Pac-12 and says the Huskies “have some potential” to make some noise in the pass rushing department this season. UW was actually better than most people may recall in getting sacks last year, ranking 47th in the country with 27. But those tended to come in bunches with 15 coming against Colorado (four), WSU (seven) and Baylor (four).
— Former Husky Ben Ossai continues to make a run at a spot on the roster of the B.C. Lions. Cody Habben also had signed with B.C., but ultimately decided not to pursue it and is not on the roster anymore.
— The NCAA announces some of the schools that won honors as top performing football teams in the APR (UW was not among them though the women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer and men’s tennis teams were honored) and that the full list of APR numbers will be released next Wednesday.
— The National Football Post looks at what it regards as the Top 20 uncommitted recruits in the nation.
— WSU got a commitment from an Arizona quarterback on Wednesday.