This is the time of year when there are plenty of rumors to go around in college football on a number of different levels, both regarding bowls and coaching. Here’s an attempt to sort out a little bit of it. …
— As for UW’s bowl situation, if you are an avid follower of Twitter or message boards, then you know that there have been some rumblings in the last 24 hours that the Las Vegas Bowl — most of the week thought leading to picking UW — might have suddenly begun thinking more heavily about Arizona. Gary Cavalli, the executive director of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, confirmed as much this morning saying “up until yesterday (Wednesday) most of the rumors were that the Vegas was going to take Washington. We heard some buzz yesterday that they were revisiting that.”
Some took the rumors to mean that the Vegas Bowl had chosen Arizona. But until contracts are signed, anything can happen, and some of the latest buzz — such as a few Tweets from Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR-AM — that the Vegas Bowl is still sorting out its options and that the Pac-12 may have gotten involved (not something that is uncommon, by the way, as it was basically the Big 12 that sent Nebraska to the Holiday Bowl two years ago).
It seems like the conventional wisdom on the rumor mill right now is that UW to the Vegas might again be the way to, uh, bet. Your best bet, though, may be just waiting a few days until the bowls make all of this official.
— As for Steve Sarkisian and Arkansas, there have been no reports linking him to the job since the initial one from CoachingSearch.com a couple of nights ago that said simply he could be “in the mix.” But that same site is reporting today that Sarkisian “will not” be the next coach at Arkansas, seeming to put an end to the speculation.