With a live chat coming today at noon, and a practice this afternoon, we’ll right to it. …
UW LINKS. …
— In my story for today’s paper — which got cut a little bit due to some Mariner game that had some sort of significance of some sort — I wrote a little bit about the new-look UW defense.
— Here’s Washington’s page on the new Pac-12.com web site, which includes a two-minute football preview.
— Here’s an Associated Press preview of the Huskies.
— Here are some pictures of yesterday’s practices from CoachSark.com.
— The ESPN.com Pac-12 blog includes Keith Price as one of three leading Heisman candidates from the conference.
— The Tennessean says Jake Locker’s role this season could be defined by his start this weekend.
— More on Nick Holt’s hiring at Arkansas (he looks pretty happy about it all).
— The Ellensburg Daily Record has a story on Johri Fogerson and his move to Central Washington.
Fogerson says of going to CWU:
“It’s a great feeling to get a second chance. The camaraderie out here is coming together faster than I thought it would. Having a whole bunch of new faces, it’s not easy to do that, to take us in like they have, so it’s a blessing in disguise to be here right now with these great guys, great coaching staff, traditional program, so it doesn’t get any better than this.”
And of his arrest in the spring of 2011, he says: “You can’t dwell on the past. Nobody’s perfect, and I made a dumb decision. I apologized for it publicly, not only for my family because that’s embarrassing, because I was raised differently; to the program, the coaching staff that took me under their wing and trusted me to hold that W on my chest and not do anything dumb like that. Nobody’s perfect; you just have to learn from your mistakes and grow, and make sure you never make the same mistake twice.. … If I hadn’t run, it wouldn’t have been blown out of proportion as it was. Basically, just don’t get spooked like that, but given the circumstances … I handled it wrong, and now I know.”
AROUND THE PAC-12/COLLEGE FOOTBALL. …
— Here’s a review from the Salt Lake Tribune on the debut of the Pac-12 Networks. I only got to see the first hour so I don’t have much to base an opinion on. But it seemed like a good start, and after some nod to Olympic sports, there was lots of good football talk, which is what is going to drive the network this time of year. Think what you want of him as a coach, but Rick Neuheisel has a lot of potential as a TV personality and I thought he provided some good insight last night (such as admitting he didn’t do a good job managing expectations when he first got to UCLA, and he obviously knew something of the players he was talking about).
— Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott says the Coaches Poll is a fallacy.
— San Diego State, which 16 days from today will be in Seattle to play the Huskies, has begun scheming for UW.
— San Diego State also has an updated depth chart (and you’ve got to love the names of some of those defensive back positions).
— Interesting story behind the guy who will wear No. 18 for LSU against UW this year.
— Lane Kiffin is beginning to worry about USC’s depth.
— The Oregonian leads off its Pac-12 roundup with Jim Mora’s tirade against his team for a lack of effort at practice on Wednesday.
— WSU notes and Pac-12 links from Christian Caple.
— This Cal scrimmage report includes the news that Deandre Coleman is currently out with a foot injury.
— More on Colorado naming Jordan Webb as its starting quarterback.