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Marques Tuiasosopo on distractions, Keith Price and more

Marques Tuiasosopo and Bronco Mendenhall pause for photos at the Fight Hunger Bowl press conference on Monday.
A blurry Marques Tuiasosopo and Bronco Mendenhall pause for photos at the Fight Hunger Bowl press conference on Monday.

We’ll post the video of Monday’s formal press conference, though it’s mostly just introductory stuff that won’t be of much interest to those who already follow the team closely.

Washington coach Marques Tuiasosopo and a few players, though, spoke with reporters in smaller groups afterward, and we have some of Tuiasosopo’s comments from about a 10-minute session to pass along.

(On having gone through similar situation with coaching change at UW) “When you’ve gone through something and you’ve experienced something, you have a little credibility to talk them through it. I just say, ‘hey, I know what it feels like to have what you thought was going to be four years.’ It’s gone now. But that doesn’t mean it’s all going downhill. We had some uncertainty, our new coach came in and we went to the Holiday Bowl and the Rose Bowl. So there can be a huge positive here. My message to them early on was come together as a team. Take control. New coach comes in here and you guys are policing yourselves, let them deal with football, come together and create something special here. I think they bought into that. Read more »


Morning links: Huskies arrive in San Francisco

FROM SAN FRANCISCO — We’re here, too, and will have coverage later this afternoon from the Fight Hunger Bowl press conference at AT&T Park.

Both teams will make a visit to Alcatraz today, too, as part of the scheduled bowl-week activities. They will also practice, though media are not allowed to attend.

Until then, some links and notes to get you started on this Monday before Christmas …

Here’s our game story from the UW men’s basketball team’s 82-70 loss to Connecticut at Hec Ed Pavilion yesterday.

— Here are the game stories from The Seattle Times, the UW Daily and the Associated Press. Read more »


Morning links: A big fish heads to Oregon, plus a report of ASJ’s draft grade

Yesterday’s news is this morning’s links …

— Budda Baker, the star defensive back/athlete from Bellevue, announced on Twitter yesterday that he plans to play for Oregon next season. Add his name alongside Josh Garnett and Myles Jack (and a few others) as local players the Huskies wanted badly but didn’t get (assuming Baker does, indeed, sign with Oregon).

— According to this report from Fox Sports, UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins received a second-round grade from the NFL draft advisory committee. Read more »


Morning links: Tosh Lupoi investigation moves forward; Huskies lose commitment from another recruit

You wouldn’t have known by talking to Washington interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo yesterday that one of his assistant coaches — OK, one of Steve Sarkisian’s assistant coaches — Tosh Lupoi, is under investigation by the school for an alleged recruiting violation.

Tuiasosopo didn’t have much to say about it — and as the interim coach, I’m not sure why he would — and didn’t seem concerned with anything other than preparing for UW’s bowl game. That much was expected.

Everyone else seems to be talking about it, though. We’ll link our story updating that situation once it appears online. Mike Davis, the alleged middle-man quoted extensively in the original Los Angeles Times story, did not return a phone call seeking comment. UW also offered no further comment on the matter.

On to some links … Read more »


Morning links: A new problem for the Huskies

Just when you thought the dust was settling on Montlake, it got kicked up all over again.

The Los Angeles Times reported last night that USC and UW are both investigating Huskies defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi.

UW confirmed it is investigating the matter. On to some related links … Read more »


Morning links: A pair of Huskies eye graduate degrees

As the Huskies prepare to get back on the practice field, prepare for some links …

— Wrote in today’s newspaper about Andrew Hudson and Jamaal Kearse, two players with eligibility remaining who plan to apply for grad school.

A preview:

SEATTLE — Andrew Hudson says he isn’t sure what exactly he’ll be doing a year from now. And the Washington Huskies defensive end seems OK with that.

Hudson is a fourth-year junior, meaning he has one year of eligibility remaining, though it’s unclear if football will be in his plans next season. Along with three other players who are eligible to return in 2014, Hudson was introduced as a senior prior to the Apple Cup, and the school announced that he didn’t plan to return for a fifth year.

The reason: graduate school, most likely. Hudson, who started every game in 2012 before moving to a reserve role this season, has earned enough credits to graduate this academic year, and wants to study social work at the next level. He’s been active in UW’s Campus Ministry since he was a freshman, and wants to use his Sociology degree to help others. Read more »


Report: Boise State RBs coach Keith Bhonapha joining Chris Petersen at UW

The Idaho Statesman reports that Boise State running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Keith Bhonapha has informed a recruit that he will join new coach Chris Petersen’s staff at Washington.

Chadd Cripe, who covers BSU for the Idaho Statesman, reported that Bhonapha told offensive line recruit Troy Bacon — who is committed to BSU — that he is leaving for UW. Read more »