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July 7, 2008 9:29 AM

Monday links and notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

A few thins to pass along on a Monday morning:

--- Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is apparently saying privately that he expects his team to win 9-12 games this season, a tally that surely includes a victory in Seattle over the Huskies in October. Really, it should probably be bigger news if some coach was telling everyone he thought his team would lose 12 games --- I would think you'd want your coach to be optimistic. But no doubt, that quote will get good play this fall, especially if the Irish again lay an egg. Just what direction Notre Dame is headed will be evident when it comes to Seattle (obviously, the same will be the case for UW) and that game could serve as something of a tipping point in the future of the two programs.

--- The Daily Oklahoman, when it had some free time from its sycophantic coverage of Clay Bennett's heist last week, had this interesting story on the debate over whether there should be an early signing period in college football --- its survey says 77 percent of coaches are in favor of one. UW coach Tyrone Willingham is quoted in the story saying the idea is gaining momentum but needs more study.

--- Another former Husky assistant has been named as the best at his position in college football in a continuing series from This time it's Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, who worked at UW from 1983-87. Earlier, former UW running backs/cornerbacks coach Chuck Heater, now at Florida, was named the best DBs coach in the country.

--- With UW's off-season program in full swing, Jake Locker didn't play any games for the Bellingham Bells last week. He has played in just seven of the team's 21 games, which seems a bit lower of a percentage than originally projected.

--- From what I understand, the incoming true freshmen won't begin participating in official conditioning drills at UW until Tuesday.

All for now.

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