— Bud Withers explains why Pac-12 teams might be jockeying for position with The Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit.
— UW’s defense will have to contend with Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, who is on pace to break the Pac-12 receiving record.
— Four-star running back Austin Joyner of Marysville committed to UW on Tuesday evening.
— By Wednesday morning, we learned another four-star recruit, receiver Erik Brown, had decommitted from UW … and committed to Cal.
— The Beavers want to “hit some runs” against UW.
— OSU isn’t worried about Keith Price‘s status.
— Nice read from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Missouri’s Gary Pinkel and the advice he received from Don James.
Pinkel asked (James) for final words of advice as he departed the Washington staff to become a first-time head coach at Toledo in 1991.
The message was more simple than profound, more practical than dramatic. And it resonates with Pinkel to this day.
“When things get tough, they’re really going to get tough,” said Pinkel, describing James’ words of wisdom. “That’s just how this profession is. You wake up and you focus on doing your job. You get up in the morning and you do your job and you focus every hour on doing your job and then you go to bed, and you wake up and do it again.
“Don’t let any outside influences get to you, because if you do that in this business, it will chew you up. I walked out of that meeting, and as a first-time head coach I was expecting something a little different than that, but it was probably the greatest piece of advice I could have gotten. I don’t know if I would have survived this business if he wouldn’t have given me that.”
A different futbol, but this is worth a read: UW men’s soccer won the Pac-12 title, and its star freshman is something special.