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July 9, 2008 10:21 AM

Wednesday links and notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

First off, thanks for a lot of good comments in the "suggestions'' post last night. One thing that seems clear is that a lot of you do like the links. So with that in mind, here are a few new ones to pass along as well as a Jake Locker-baseball note at the bottom:

--- The Idaho Statesman has this story today asking the question "How young is too young?'' when it comes to offering scholarships to high school football players. The test case in this story is Skyline sophomore-to-be WR Kasen Williams , who has been offered by UW, Boise State and UCLA. The story includes quotes from UW coach Tyrone Willingham that were proferred a few months ago at that convention in Dallas.

--- SI.com's Stewart Mandel empties his mailbag, and among the questions is one asking which UW game offers the best coaching storyline --- the return to Seattle of former coach Husky Rick Neuheisel and UCLA or the matchup with Notre Dame and Charlie Weis, pitting Willingham against his old school? Mandel argues that it's the latter, saying the enmity ND fans still hold toward Willingham is greater than that held by UW fans toward Neuheisel. Not being that close to the ND situation, hard for me to really know. It seems curious if true, however, considering Willingham was fired merely for not winning enough games while Neuheisel was fired for his off-field actions that helped put the UW on a downward path that it is still trying to climb out of, then sued the school and won a hefty settlement. Mandel also puts the onus on Willingham this season, writing "there are officially no more excuses'' for Willingham.

--- The Bleacher Report has this look at the best games in September, a list that includes the UW-Oklahoma game. The author's view of the Huskies is that "they were better than 4-9 last season.''

--- While the Huskies are still looking for a permament AD, Notre Dame may hire one this week. The list of candidates includes one also rumored at one time as in the hunt at UW, Bubba Cunningham of Tulsa.

--- Heisman Pundit has this look at the Top Programs in College Football. Most are no-brainers. Interesting, however, to see Cal and Oregon on the list of those "On the Cusp.'' I'd still argue that you have to take a longer-term view if you are really judging a "program,'' --- to me, a program signifies something that is long-lasting and will survive a coaching change or two. Cal no doubt has been one of the better teams in the Pac-10 since 2002. Still, the Bears haven't been to a BCS bowl since 1959. Does the recent run really make Cal a better program than a UCLA or UW?

--- Former Husky Caesar Rayford is included in a picture that accompanies this story on diminutive running back Stefan Logan of the BC Lions.

--- I'm told UW quarterback Jake Locker will play for the Bellingham Bells in their three home games this weekend against Corvallis. However, his baseball-playing schedule beyond that is uncertain. Locker has played in just seven games as he has lived up to his pledge of concentrating on football-related activities this off-season, so far seeming to do a lot less baseball than was originally anticipated by some.

All for now.

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