Washington will be hosting recruits over the next two weekends. The Huskies have four confirmed visitors for this weekend as of this morning but Dawgman expects that list to expand to 10-15 by this evening. We will be back with updates and summaries once they become available.
OT Zach Banner...He says that he won't make a decision until after January 14th. Most think that decision is to be a Husky where he is actually being recruited to play football and basketball. Banner has already visited Oklahoma, Michigan, and Notre Dame. He is also going to take a visit to USC in January
OT Menelik Watson...JC guy from Saddleback is just a monster at 6'7 310. He doesn't have an offer but I saw his photo and it frightened the holy hell out of me. He just popped up on the radar and if he can qualify I bet UW offers and he pops. An extra and experienced body at tackle is a comforting thought.
WR Dwayne Washington...He is already committed and his film looks pretty awesome.
QB Jeff Lindquist...The top quarterback in Washington has been committed for quite some time. He had a great senior season which reinforced his status at a top 15 QB.
How not to search for a new head coach
When you fire your head coach you should have a plan in place to hire the next one.
Arizona and Washington State did.
UCLA and Arizona State apparently did not.
The Sun Devils were turned down by Kevin Sumlin and Larry Fedora. Then they decided on June Jones who said yes. Once word leaked out that they were hiring Jones the phones starting ringing with disappointed boosters and ASU pulled the offer at the negotiating table with little explanation.
Word on the street is that the Devils will now focus on Jim Leavitt, Justin Wilcox, Art Briles, and possibly UW's Dan Cozzetto.
UCLA's Dan Guerrero had over an entire year to put together a short list of who to hire after he fired Rick Neuheisel. The Bruin's top choice was Boise State's Chris Petersen who turned them down. Miami's Al Golden wasn't interested either. Guerrero next pitch was to our own Steve Sarkisian who also said he wasn't interested.
Up next is Jim Mora Jr (no college experience) who is reportedly interested in the job. June Jones (SMU) who was just fired at the negotiating table by ASU is also in the mix. The biggest rumor is that Jim Tressel (makes Neu look like a choir boy) may be a candidate to be an assistant coach under Mora if he gets the job.
Charlie Weis to Kansas....Wow!
Big East Expansion
The Big East Conference introduced Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, Southern Methodist and Central Florida as its newest members, effective in 2013. Air Force, Navy, and BYU were also invited but declined the invitation to join at this point in time.
Boise State has never signed a five star recruit. Since 2003 they have only signed a total of six four star recruits. They have never signed more than two four star recruits in any year.
Sad news out of Corvallis this week
Oregon State defensive tackle Fred Thompson died Wednesday night after he collapsed while playing basketball at a campus recreation center. Thompson, 6-foot-4 and 317 pounds, was a true freshman from Richmond, Calif., who played at Oakland Tech High School.