- We start off with a hat tip to Brandon Roy. The Timberwolves confirmed yesterday that Brandon Roy is not in their plans for next season, despite having another year on his contract. While this is in no way a surprise, it is sad that B-Roy will see his career end without ever having gotten out of the infirmary. Through it all, B-Roy has stayed true to his commitment to the T-Wolves. All reports are that he stayed close to the team throughout his rehab and that he was fully committed to trying to get back on the court this season ... despite the long odds. I'm not sure if we will hear the words "I'm retiring" from Brandon, but this is most certainly the end. I know I speak for all Husky fans when I congratulate B-Roy for making us all proud. WOOF
- Another Husky alum, Chris Polk (aka the War Daddy) appears to have the #3 RB position with the Eagles locked down following the trade of Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns. Or does he? With Chip Kelly, who the hell knows?
- Jon Huntsman Jr. has been selected to be the commencement speaker at the UW graduation ceremonies this year. Huntsman, whom I have great respect for, is an odd choice given that he is the former governor of Utah. That is, until you remember that the current UW president, Michael Young, is a descendant of Bringham Young. Among other public service roles, Huntsman was the US ambassador to China which, in seriousness, gives him some unique perspectives relevant to many a graduating student, I'm sure.
- Lisa Horne is having an identity crisis. On one hand, she "has circled" UW as her surprise football pick in 2013. On the other hand, she thinks the team is heading in the wrong direction. Odd.
- With the new Seattle Times pay-for-access policy, get used to a lot more Todd Dybas links in the Dots. Todd takes a look at Travell Dixon in his latest beat report.
- Ted Miller mentions UW as the "most important game" for the Cougars in 2013. I think this is an interesting selection in that the odds of WSU going into Seattle and pulling an upset the day after Thanksgiving seem long, even from this far away. I think he wanted to pick the Cardinal, but wasn't willing to endure the backlash against the Pac-12 / Stanford Blog that he manages.
- Speaking of the ESPN Pac12/Stanford Blog, the lovefest for Bishop Sankey continues over there, as both writers refer to Bishop in their Take 2 debate on who will win the rushing championship in 2013. The superlatives being thrown Bishop's way make even more odd his omission from their top 25 players of 2012 list in favor of guys like Reggie Dunn.
- The Shutdown Corner blog is taking a look at the top 50 draftable players likely to have an impact in the NFL next season. Desmond Trufant is looking down that list from a pretty lofty perch.
- Today is the NCAA withdrawal deadline ... but is it the last day for players to declare for the NBA draft? By declaring to "stay" at UW, C.J. Wilcox is going to be working a loophole that gives him an extra 12 days to evaluate whether or not he wishes to actually declare for the draft. The loophole exists because of the gap between the start of signing day and the NBAs preferred date for draft enrollment.
- The University of Oregon has released several documents related to the ongoing NCAA investigation. These documents seem to make clear that both Oregon and the NCAA agree that so-called "Major Violations" have been committed, but that there is substantial disagreement as to the intent to commit them and whether or not Oregon ought to qualify as a repeat offender under NCAA rules. If you are interested in the ongoing situation there, you ought to read this writeup. If you'd like to debate the Oregon situation in the comments, please do so ... but let's refrain from flaming and making grand sweeping statements. The latest reports frame the issue pretty well—there were major infractions committed, but a lack of institutional control is not on the table (i.e., no death penalty). The heavy redacting of the documents means that there are still many questions that need to be answered.
Question of the Day
C.J. Wilcox has a big decision looming—and with every day that goes by, we have more visibility to the other players that will be in the 2013 draft. Should he stay or should he go?