It wasn't like there wasn't anything to do. Amsterdam was brimming with activity, like it always does on a shimmering morning such as this. He just didn't understand the thing with the bikes. Or the dots. At least the coffee was good.First:
W-O-O-F!!!!— Steve Sarkisian (@CoachSark) June 16, 2012
That explains Sark's "WOOF" RT @TonyDiFrancisco: 4-star WR Darrell Daniels has committed to Washington per his twitter.— Scott Enyeart (@ScottEnyeart) June 16, 2012
- Ted Miller thinks that there has been quite the turnaround in the Evergreen State and that UW is a team on the rise.
- Also from Ted, a look at returning sack leaders across the Pac 12. Ted raises a few points when he looks at the potential for UW to make some noise in the pass rush. The first is very valid - the return of Hau'oli Jamora is a topic that hasn't been fully addressed in the media. The second I'm not so sure. Ted notes the creativity of Wilcox's new schemes. While he may be creative, I'm not sure that will mean we'll see more sacks. UW had 27 sacks last year. Wilcox and Tennessee had 15 last year and 26 the year prior. We shall see.
- Steve Sarkisian earns special status in this rather unique ranking of head coaches which includes the likes of Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, Mack Brown and Urban Meyer.
- UW Commit, Troy Williams, will be participating in the last Elite 11 Regional tournament with an eye towards competing in the national camp. The competition is stiff.
- If you missed it, you need to check out Cassino's Q&A with Cal Golden Blogs. The Bears have a truly outstanding blog over there. However, like many of you, I really don't understand the sustained anger that has been mustered by that fanbase towards the UW. It might be a succumbing to little man syndrome and acknowledgement that they ultimately can't compete with Oregon and Stanford at the top levels of the conference. Who knows? Either way, being the most hated rival of three teams in the Pac 12 ... and maybe four if Utah pans out as I expect it will .... is no small feat.
- Here is a little Q&A with UW Commit, Sammie Long. If you want to know what NFL player he compares his game to, you'll have to click through. I could give you 20 guesses and you'd probably not get it.
- Softy apparently doesn't like the scheduling of the 2012 Apple Cup. Frankly, I don't really care ... but I live in Memphis. I'll be watching it, no doubt, from the comforts of my outdoor living room while my kids splash around in the pool.
- UW Alum, Brock Huard, committed a minor act of treason in this Q&A with a WSU blog. At least the Coug author admits that there are certain Huskies he admires. I'm sure, some day, a Coug will come along that I admire...but right now the line forms behind Ryan Leaf and, well, admiration is not the word I'd use to describe my feelings for him.
- Speaking of Huard, he writes this piece for ESPN Insider noting his preference for Oregon as a title contender coming out of the Pac 12. I have to say I agree. I really don't understand why there are so many pundits who like USC's odds better.
- In a bit of severe irony, one time UW recruit Jesse Scroggins will be enrolling at El Camino to continue his career under Coach Featherstone ... the same mentor who coached up Steve Sarkisian before he lit the world afire in Provo.
- Given that Coach Romar has essentially wrapped up recruiting for 2012, the big question involves the Bigs. As in, what will the UW frontcourt look like in 2012-13. Remember that incoming transfer Perris Blackwell has to sit out a year. That means we'll have a rotation of Aziz, Kemp, Breunig and Jerreau. The Husky Haul breaks it down. Interesting question - will Austin Seferian-Jenkins play basketball a second time?
- Ryan Divish reports that Terrence Ross really helped himself in the Draft combine while Tony Wroten demonstrated, surprise, superior physical skills and an inconsistent shot.
- Katie Flood was named the final UW Athlete of the Week. Katie became the first woman to win an outdoor track title of any sort since 2006 by winning the championship for the 1500 in her home town of Des Moines, IA. A special moment for Katie - congratulations!
Apple Cup will kickoff at 12:30 the day after Thanksgiving in Pullman according to Bob Condotta. Another horrid idea.— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) June 14, 2012