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And you thought the air quality was bad; check out the character of coaches around the rest of college football

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Football Dots

  • Here’s a transcript of Chris Petersen’s meeting with the media yesterday which included an update on how the smoke and air quality is affecting the team.
  • UW announcer Tony Castricone has a podcast with Mama Gaskin going into 2018.
  • ESPN put out their 1st team for preseason All Americans which features only a lone Husky. Although they at least acknowledge that it’s amazing that Myles Gaskin can’t crack the RB position.
  • Yahoo Sports reaches #4 in their College Football preview of the top 25 which, and you’ll never believe this, features the Washington Huskies.
  • Scandal season in College Football continues as allegations have been issued by a player recently transferring from Texas A&M to Arizona about a culture of disregarding safety as well as payouts to prospective recruits happening under the new Jimbo Fisher regime.
  • The Washington Post takes college football to task for the culture of faux toughness that is literally killing players.
  • Meanwhile the Urban Meyer board meeting is going on as I type this and there will likely be some kind of resolution before the end of the day.
  • So close...

Welcome to the Subscribers Only portion of the Dots:

  • Dawgman continues their opposing view series with incoming freshman DT Sam Taimani.
  • Christian Caple of The Athletic has his feature on Benning Potoa’e, who is hoping that by slimming down a little this season it will lead to a breakout year.
  • The Athletic released their own preseason All-American teams which look pretty similar to the several that came out yesterday. S Taylor Rapp makes the first team while CB Byron Murphy and OT Trey Adams come in on the second team.
  • Stewart Mandel at The Athletic has his college mailbag, which includes an answer to the question of whether Auburn’s Jared Stidham could be a Heisman darkhorse and the Tigers a CFP contender.
  • Todd McShay of ESPN has his top 10 NFL Draft prospects at each position and features a few Huskies. Namely Myles Gaskin (#9) for RB, Trey Adams (#3) and Kaleb McGary (#8) at OT. He only does a top 5 for Safeties and mentions that he’s waiting to see Rapp against Auburn before including him.

Basketball Dots

  • This will be painful for Washington fans but a list of the most memorable decommitments of the last decade plus includes Terrence Jones reneging on his pledge to the Huskies.
  • 247 updated their recruiting rankings this morning. Top Husky target Jaden McDaniels is at #4 while UW commit RaeQuan Battle makes a huge leap to #83 overall.
  • Arizona PF Ira Lee was charged with an “extreme DUI” this weekend after being pulled over with a BAC of .215. A former top 100 recruit, he was expected to play a much bigger role this season with the loss of starting big men Dusan Ristic and DeAndre Ayton.
  • College Basketball is finally getting rid of the RPI, which everyone has known for years was an ineffective measure of a team’s quality. It is being replaced by “NET” which is seemingly closer to more accurate models like KenPom and BPI.