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July 15, 2008 9:19 AM

Tuesday links

Posted by Bob Condotta

As the title says. ...

--- This is a day old, but here's a report from the Bellingham Herald on the final baseball game of the summer for Jake Locker.

--- Columnist Elliott Smith of the Olympian worries that UW's schedule this season will be the undoing of coach Tyrone Willingham. As mentioned here before, the toughness of the schedule this season is in part the result of trying to make last year's a little easier. When Willingham and Todd Turner assessed the program before the 2005 season, they thought the team would be ready to turn a corner in 2008, so they moved the Oklahoma game from 2007 to 2008, inserting Boise State into last year's schedule, instead (the Oklahoma and Notre Dame series were each agreed to before Turner and Willingham came on board). Here's a Times story from 2005 detailing some of Turner's thoughts then on trying to ease the 2007 schedule.

--- The Denver Post has this note on former UW assistant Bob Simmons deciding to make his home in the Denver area. Simmons was UW's tight ends and special teams coach the past three years before being fired after the season. According to the story, he has yet to find another coaching job but doesn't want to be considered retired and is still looking for one.

--- ESPN.com's Ted Miller has this list of the Pac-10's impact freshmen this season from recruiting expert Tom Luginbill. Included is Kavario Middleton with the comment that he is "a beast on both sides of the ball.'' Also on the list is UCLA QB Kevin Prince, who was a UW commit for a while. I agree with some of the commenters that I would expect Chris Polk to be UW's biggest impact frosh at the moment given the fact that he's already gone through spring ball and is at a position of immediate need.

--- Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com asks if defense really wins championships and concludes that it doesn't necessarily, pointing out that seven of the past 11 national titles have been won by coaches with an offensive background. He also breaks down head coaches by whether they were offensive or defensive coaches as assistants. Willingham goes on the offensive list as he was an RB and WR coach for nine years before becoming a head coach. However, he also has a varied background, having been a DB coach for the eight years prior to that and also serving as a special teams coach for nine seasons (a period overlapping the other stints).

--- Here's more on the sad news over the weekend out of Oregon on the passing of Todd Doxey. UW plays at Oregon in the opener for both teams Aug. 30.

All for now.

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