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This will be brief because the sun and spring baseball are beckoning. But, hey, Dots are Dots. Get 'em while you can.
- The Huskies MBB kick off the Pac12 Tournament tomorrow with a first round matchup versus Washington State. Following the disappointing conclusion to the season for the Huskies and their seniors (as commented on by Dave Boling), the Huskies caught a few breaks and ended up as a 6 seed in the conference brackets. This is a huge break for a Husky team that needs to win four games in four nights as it puts them on the Oregon / Cal side of the brackets where their matchups are a little more even as opposed to the UCLA / Arizona side. An opening round matchup versus WSU as opposed to Stanford also has to look pretty good to the Huskies. The stage is set - the Huskies have gotten all of the breaks they could have hoped for. Can they pull off a huge upset and run the table?
- This story has been leaking for a while, but it warrants attention. Despite the fact that the link misreports when the story came out (Softy and Rondeau were actually discussing this on the air three weeks ago), the fact is that Coach Romar has had to endure a heavy burden off of the court all season. As someone who has also seen a loved one go through this, I am very appreciative of the efforts that Lorenzo has lent to the team all season given that many mortals would have had a difficult time sustaining such commitment in the face of such a challenge.
- Back on the court, LoRo did his last coach's show of the season on KJR and had a lot to say on topics ranging from his own performance to C.J. Wilcox's NBA decision to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Thanks to Percy for writing it up.
- Speaking of C.J., he was the lone Husky representative in the P12 Awards for the MBB season. Wilcox ended up as a second team performer which, while surely disappointing to Husky fans, may actually have been a gift if you focus solely on his offensive production in the final 2/3 of conference play. However, given the completeness of his game - the defense, the rebounding, the shot blocking - it is nice recognition for C.J.
- Apparently, Terrence Ross is really big in India. No, not Indiana. India! They have his first career start for the Raptors well covered here.
- Dan Raley is all set to release his biography on Brandon Roy. "The Brandon Roy Story" focuses primarily on his rise and fall in the NBA, but also covers much of his background story as well as tidbits on his personal life which, as you all know, BRoy keeps very private. The Portland Tribune has a nice write up on the story.
- Of tremendous interest to all of you, UW researchers have discovered a previously unrecorded species of mollusk. The Samoan Nautilus is a sight to behold.
- Lots of action going on on the gridiron. Todd Dybas has a nice write up on the Keith Price comeback story. What caught my eye in this pieces was the sliver of cynicism coming from Keith pertaining to Husky fans and their anticipation of a "QB battle" this spring.
- Mason Kelley wants to know if UW is ready to take the next step. I thought that we were supposed to do that last year, right Sark?
- Thanks to Bob Condotta for bringing the following link to our attention. Based on his physical attributes, his trajectory and the possibility of a bounce back from Price, Athlon's has noted Kasen Williams as one of 5 "breakout" WR candidates for the upcoming season.
- The P12 blog gets a temporary reprieve from my "bad list" because Ted Miller did a nice summary on P12 AD total comps yesterday. Based on this analysis, it is hard to not say that UW is getting a huge bargain with Scott Woodward. I won't even comment on Dan Guerrero. But, I can't help but to choke on where the OSU AD ranks relative to where their head coach ranks in overall pay.
- Also from the P12 blog, Miller answers questions in his weekly mailbag, including one from the Gekko. Apparently, Miller has fallen into the trap of thinking that the success of CBs ought to be measured in things like INTs instead of looking at how the opposing teams number 1 receivers did versus them. If Miller had cared to look at how guys like Marqise Lee, Josh Huff, Ty Montgomery, etc had performed versus Desmond Trufant as opposed to other teams, he may have come to different conclusions about how good Tru's senior year was on the field. Even taking into account the testimony from Robert Woods - who, at the NFL combine, called Tru the toughest matchup he faced as a Trojan - should have caught his attention. But, whatever. I'm almost over it.
- Finally, NFL free agency opens today. Several Husky alum could be making news over the next several weeks. However, the one candidate with the biggest name value at this point is Dashon Goldson. Adam Schefter is reporting that both the Lions and Bucs are in the sweepstakes as of now.
Question of the Day
No links on the ASJ situation today. But, obviously, this is on the forefront of everyone's mind. The biggest debate in the comments yesterday occurred around what type of punishment would Husky fans find acceptable? Given that this is clearly a "first time" deal and that ASJ has been truly exemplary up until this point, should this be handled "internally" through practice and university service? Given the severity of the issue, should we be talking about significant game suspension? Should we wait until we have more information on how the case will be prosecuted? What's your take?