Good morning. Nothing to pass along from Montlake this morning, as the Washington Huskies are taking some time away from football as they await their bowl invite. But we do have a few links related to Pac-12 happenings, so read on.
— Steve Sarkisian’s name is mentioned as a possibility for the USC job in a short blurb toward the end of this story by Bruce Feldman, though it sounds as if that search could be completed this week and that two other coaches are the frontrunners, according to ESPN.
— Interim USC coach Ed Orgeron spoke with athletic director Pat Haden recently, but not about the coaching job.
— Bud Withers breaks down the Pac-12 bowl landscape, noting that if two conference teams are selected to play in BCS games — a long shot — it would move the Huskies (and every other team) up a notch. If that happened, UW would likely head to the Las Vegas Bowl. But for now, it still appears as if the Fight Hunger is the most likely destination.
— The UW men’s soccer team is heading to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history after defeating Stanford, 1-0.
— The UW volleyball team earned the No. 3 overall seed heading into the NCAA tournament.
— Arizona State would much rather have a Pac-12 championship trophy than the Territorial Cup (which it already won).
— Zach Kline, California’s backup quarterback, says he will transfer.
— Oregon State wants to play harder for Mike Riley.
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