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- Washington football’s best-case scenario played out yesterday when the College Football Playoff selection committee placed them in the Fiesta Bowl to play Penn State.
- The Seattle Times has the details of Chris Petersen’s hiring of Bush Hamdan to replace Jonathan Smith as Washington’s offensive coordinator. For the record, Hamdan is not expected to the program in time for the Fiesta Bowl.
- Scott Ecklund of Dawgman.com has some great updates in the recruiting blog he published today ($), including the reaction of some recruits to the news of Bush Hamdan’s recent hiring as Washington’s new offensive coordinator. (As a courtesy to Scott and the Dawgman team, please do not share or discuss information from their premium boards in our comment section. They’ve got to pay the bills, too.)
- Jon Wilner calls the Pac-12’s placement of two teams in New Year’s Six bowls “a rare win” for the conference.
- Adam Jude reports on the matchup of Penn State and Washington in the Fiesta Bowl as a contest pitting two of college football’s most respected head coaches against one another.
- Andy Staples wonders if the presence of two SEC teams in the College Football Playoff (we all knew it was going to happen at some point, right?) will spur calls to expand the field in future years.
- Likewise, Dan Wolken castigates the CFB Playoff committee, saying that Alabama received the No. 4 seed purely because of “brand loyalty.”
- Paul Myerberg calls Washington the nation’s No. 13 team in his weekly NCAA re-rank.
- The Oregon Ducks could soon be looking for their second head coach in as many years, as Willie Taggart is reported to be traveling today to the East Coast to interview for the vacant Florida State job. And now, this:
Sources now confirming Willie Taggart is finalizing contract to become next #FSU head coach. Taggart looking to bring Jim Leavitt with him. Announcement expected later today.— Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) December 4, 2017
Edit- Also now this:
- Here are the official Washington press releases regarding the hiring of Bush Hamdan as offensive coordinator, announcing the Fiesta Bowl matchup against Penn State, and the honorees at the football team’s annual awards banquet.
- Percy Allen breaks down the men’s basketball team’s 86-73 win last night over the Omaha Mavericks.