Once again, because I’d rather do these now than in the morning, here are some late-night links.
First, though, a reader noted that with the firing of Jeff Tedford today, UW’s Steve Sarkisian now has the second-longest tenure in the Pac-12 — if you don’t give Utah’s Kyle Whittingham time served for the years before the Utes joined the Pac-12 in 2011. If you do, then Sarkisian is third, behind Oregon State’s Mike Riley (hired in 2003) and Whittingham (hired in 2004).
Sarkisian was hired in Dec. 2008, a few months before Oregon’s Chip Kelly, though each coached their first game in 2009, meaning they are tied in terms of years served.
Every other school since has changed coaches, including Cal today with Tedford, who was hired prior to the 2002 season.
USC’s Lane Kiffin was hired before the 2010 season, Stanford’s David Shaw and Colorado’s Jon Embree before the 2011 season, and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez, WSU’s Mike Leach, UCLA’s Jim Mora and ASU’s Todd Graham prior to 2012.
Now for a few links. …
— For my main story for the Wednesday paper, I wrote about UW running back Bishop Sankey and his first game in Pullman.
— And in the notebook I examined some of Keith Price’s numbers.
— Bud Withers says a knee injury might be a cruel ending for WSU linebacker Travis Long.
— Withers also has odds and ends from the Pac-12 teleconference today.
— The Spokesman-Review also wrote about Sankey.
— I know what many of you want to know is whether Justin Wilcox may be a candidate to replace Tedford. Almost every list of candidates starts with an awful lot of other guys, including this one from the San Jose Mercury News, that includes Wilcox but only after about 15 others. At the moment, there are no reports linking Wilcox specifically to the job.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller examines what went wrong for Tedford and also mentions Wilcox as a possibility. But again, at the moment this is just the stage where names of guys who could be candidates are being tossed around. As you can see, there are lots of other guys on these lists, as well.
— The CoachSark blog catches up with Beno Bryant.
— The Huskies are now favored by as many as 13.5.
— SBNation says the Cougars must stop the Huskies counter runs.
— The Moscow-Pullman Daily News says about 1,000 tickets are left.
— CougCenter.com breaks down UW’s running game.
— Forgot to link this earlier, but there’s some thought that the Big Ten may not have needed to expand more had the Pac-12 not killed the planned series of games with the conference.
— Did new USC QB Max Wittek really guarantee a win over Notre Dame?
— Here’s the Arizona Daily Star’s weekly Pac-12 Notebook.
— Grantland.com breaks down how Stanford’s defense stopped Oregon.