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April 3, 2008 9:45 AM

Thursday links

Posted by Bob Condotta

Spring ball begins this afternoon and we had a couple of stories today to kick things off

--- First is a look at new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell as well as an accompanying depth chart and glance at the spring. The Donatell story might seem short in specifics about his plans for the defense, but that's to be expected right now before he has conducted his first practice. So I concentrated on some of his overall thoughts about taking on the job here.

In a quote that didn't make the story, Donatell said "I've always said nothing is as bad as it seems, nothing is as good as it seems. I just believe that. So the big thing is to get in there and roll up your sleeves and start teaching. The first thing is there are no short curts to build a foundation. There are absolutely none. It's going to take efficient working. In this conference you've got to have a great fundamental base, regardless of your talent. Then you can work in any adjustments or anything else you are going to do to create deception.''

In another quote that didn't make the paper, I asked Donatell if he had any concerns about returning to college after being in the NFL since 1990.

"The Pac-10 is the most like the NFL of any conference because of the quarterback play, so that's an advantage to be in something that is more parallel. You're going to see a more high-level passer week in and week out, so that does relate.''

---- Next is this column from Jerry Brewer on Tyrone Willingham as he enters the most pressure-packed year of his UW tenure. As Jerry writes, Willingham doesn't plan on changing any of his core beliefs about who he is and how he does thing. He's going to do it his way.

---- And here's Jerry's blog where he writes more about his column on Willingham.


--- Interesting story out of Eugene about Oregon basketball player Frantz Dorsainvil turning out for the football team.

--- The Register-Guard also has this good position-by-position look at the Ducks, UW's first opponent this season.

--- UCLA will hold the first spring practice of the Rick Neuheisel era today.

--- And if you missed it, UCLA did some schedule shuffling yesterday and will now play Tennessee on Labor Day on national TV.

--- Here's a good look at Oregon State's QB situation.

--- The Sporting News recently ranked Pac-10 coaches and Willingham didn't fare so well.

All for now.

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