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Category: Pac-12

Dec.
16th

Morning links: Huskies had busy recruiting weekend

The basketball and football teams each have interview availability today, and we will be there for both. And for now, we have links.

In case you missed it, the Huskies picked up their third verbal commitment in two days yesterday.

The Huskies are one of a few Pac-12 teams that will benefit from its extra bowl practices. Read more »

Dec.
15th

Morning links: Huskies basketball team stays unbeaten

Some links to start off your Monday morning. Basketball team played last night. Football team is off today before returning to practice tomorrow.

Here’s our story in today’s newspaper about Washington’s 81-77 win over Eastern Washington yesterday. The Huskies improved to 8-0, and my guess is they will move up in the polls today, too.

Todd Milles has this story in today’s newspaper about Federal Way athlete Chico McClatcher committing to play football for the Huskies. Read more »

Dec.
13th

Breaking down my Heisman Trophy ballot (hint: Marcus Mariota made the cut)

The Heisman Trophy is displayed prior to the announcement of the winner, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in New York. The trophy will be awarded to one of the three finalists who are Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The Heisman Trophy is displayed prior to the announcement of the winner, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in New York. The trophy will be awarded to one of the three finalists who are Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Both players constructed wildly impressive statistical profiles in 2014, so it was difficult to establish a hierarchy between Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Alabama’s Amari Cooper on my Heisman Trophy ballot.

Gordon is the nation’s best running back. Cooper is the nation’s best receiver. That made for a tough decision.

For second place, anyway. The No. 1 spot couldn’t have been clearer.

Like almost all of the Heisman electorate, my first-place vote went to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who, predictably, was announced as this year’s Heisman winner during Saturday night’s ceremony in New York.

Voting for Mariota, the fourth-year junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, was a no-brainer. He shot to the front of the Heisman race weeks ago, and did nothing during the final month of the season to make anyone believe he is anything other than the best college football player in the country. Read more »

Dec.
12th

Morning links: Hau’oli Kikaha named first-team All-America by Walter Camp; Danny Shelton on second team

The Huskies return to practice tomorrow. Until then, have some links, including more honors for Hau’oli Kikaha and Danny Shelton.

— CBS Sports named Kikaha and linebacker Shaq Thompson among their first-team All-America selections (with Shelton on the second team), and USA Today named Shelton to its first team (with Kikaha on the second team). Sports On Earth announced its All-America teams, too, with Kikaha on the first team, and Shelton and Thompson on the second.

Later yesterday, the Walter Camp Football Foundation also announced its All-America selections, with Kikaha on the first team and Shelton on the second. Read more »

Dec.
11th

Morning links: Oregon State hires Gary Andersen away from Wisconsin

Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen watches from the sidelines during the second half of the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Ohio State Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen watches from the sidelines during the second half of the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Ohio State Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Oregon State and Nebraska are out here conducting ultra-private and ultra-surprising coaching searches. Some links:

— After Nebraska stunned everyone by hiring Mike Riley away from Oregon State, the Beavers claimed a shocker of their own yesterday when they announced Gary Andersen is leaving Wisconsin to coach OSU.

John Canzano likes the hire. Read more »

Dec.
9th

Morning links: Robert Upshaw on pace for historic blocks total

The football team won’t practice again until Saturday, and the basketball team doesn’t play again until hosting Eastern Washington on Sunday. In the meantime, we have links.

Here’s our story today looking at Robert Upshaw and the likelihood of the 7-foot center breaking UW’s single-season blocked shots record.

Meant to pass this along yesterday, but I did a Q-and-W with UW Dawg Pound.

The Oklahoman has five things to know about Washington before the Cactus Bowl.

Pat Forde names Shaq Thompson as one of three players who also could have been invited

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Dec.
8th

Afternoon links: Recapping the Huskies big win over San Diego State

Some links wrapping up a pretty busy Sunday for the Huskies football and basketball teams.

(Just realized I scheduled this to post for 6 a.m. tomorrow instead of today, so … they’re late. Sorry.)

Here’s our game story from Washington’s 49-36 victory over No. 13 San Diego State last night. Would imagine the Huskies will likely move into the top 25 in both polls.

And here’s our story detailing the football team’s trip to the Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2. Read more »

Dec.
7th

Morning links: Huskies find out bowl destination later today

With all regular-season and conference championship games complete, the College Football Playoff committee convenes today to announce its final rankings. The top four teams will play in the inaugural CFP (the Rose and Sugar bowls serve as semifinal sites). The next seven teams, plus Boise State, will fill out the rest of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Cotton and Peach). If Arizona is one of those teams, the Huskies will almost certainly play in the Cactus Bowl (Jan. 2 in Tempe). If not, every Pac-12 team behind Arizona also gets bumped down a peg, and the Huskies will need an at-large bid elsewhere.

The CFP selection show will air at 9:45 a.m. on ESPN. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowl participants should be revealed by noon. Huskies coach Chris Petersen and select players are scheduled to meet with the media at about 5 p.m., an hour before the UW men’s basketball team’s 6 p.m. game against 13th-ranked San Diego State.

Now, links: Read more »