Here's your collection of Husky links and related items of interest around the interwebs:
- Fresh off the lively debate here regarding projections of how Vegas will set the over/under of wins for Washington football in 2015 comes news that 5Dimes offshore casino has set their early lines, and some Husky fans won't be happy to see the line for the Dawgs. Christian Caple offers this important observation:
Huskies at 4, but site gives more likely odds to over (-185) than under (+145). https://t.co/6EBEvS5Qas— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) May 27, 2015
- USA Today released their annual list of college football finances, and it was good news for our feathered "friends" down in Eugene as a one-time $95M donation by Phil Knight towards improved football training facilities boosted the Ducks to the top spot in revenue for the 2013/14 school year. Washington was 2nd in the conference in revenue, and if you take away that gift by Knight, the Huskies essentially matched Oregon in revenue (and with significantly less in expenses).
- As part of this report on college football finances, USA Today notes that the Pac-12 led the way in the 2013/14 school year in revenue, and commissioner Larry Scott was the highest paid among his peers. The Pac-12 won't enjoy this lead for long, as new TV deals in place for the SEC and Big Ten will again push them to the top of the heap.
- Over at Pacific Takes recruiting editor Jamie Uyeyama has this post talking about how Cal's Sonny Dykes and our Chris Petersen value film over measurables when it comes to recruiting (using the recent commitment of RB Sean McGrew as an example).
- Jamie also has this look back at QB recruiting in the conference and concludes that USC & Washington have had the most success over the last five years in signing blue-chippers.
- With "Organized Team Activities" (aka OTA) underway in New Orleans for the Saints, the Times-Picayune has this interview profiling Hau'oli Kikaha
- David Lombardi at ESPN lists the Apple Cup as one of the Pac-12 games he's most looking forward to seeing, but it's not exactly for reasons that would make Husky fans excited.
- Over at Dawgman.com, editor Chris Fetters has a sobering profile of Darin Harris and how he's been dealing with TBI (traumatic brain injury) as a result of the injury that ended his Husky career vs. BYU back in 2008.
- The NCAA released APR data today, and it was good news for Washington. Here's a snapshot from Jon Wilner and Christian Caple via the Twitters:
Multi-yr APR for #Pac12 fball: Stan 987, UW 977, UCLA 975, Utah 973, Ore 967, Az 961, Colo 957, WSU 951, ASU 949, USC 948, OSU 946, Cal 941— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) May 27, 2015
Single-yr APR for #Pac12 fball: Stan 989, Utah 981, WSU 973, UW 972, Ore 969, Colo 966, ASU 964, USC 963, UCLA 958, OSU 949, Cal 946, Az 943— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) May 27, 2015
UW football's 2013-14 APR of 972 brings 4-year rolling average to 977. UW men's hoops 4-year average at 984 after a 979 in 2013-14.— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) May 27, 2015
- Fresh off of hosting his 2nd annual Zeke-End tournament this past Memorial Day weekend, Husky alum Isaiah Thomas is being asked by Celtics GM Danny Ainge to provide his input on free agent targets. Thomas takes this as a good sign about his long-term future in Boston, and says he was a strong recruiter for the Huskies. Of note, the top of his wish list for help in Boston sounds like a certain Husky in the draft pool...
- It's a big weekend for Washington hoops as they are slated to host PF Noah Dickerson, fresh off his release from his LOI to Florida:
- In case you were wondering why T.J. Otzelberger decided to return to Iowa State as an assistant coach after just two seasons at Washington, it sure looks like HC Fred Hoiberg is ready to bolt to the NBA which would likely put T.J. in prime position to take over as HC of the Cyclones.