Tuesdays are always busy, from the numerous media availability sessions to practice to the unexpected that always seems to come up. So far today is following that same path, with a couple of stories available with a subject matter that isn’t all that usual here. They’re about money. And that’s a subject we’re not real familiar with. Read on.
• Washington State: Our Dave Trimmer posted the link below with the news on former Cougar Aaron Haskins’ untimely death over the weekend and thanks to Dave for that. I never met Haskins face-to-face, but did talk with him a long time for a feature late last year. He seemed to be a jovial, relaxed man with your typical worries and hopes, the guy-next-door if you will, but also with a strong and abiding faith. Our prayers go out to his family and friends this morning. There’s more on Haskins’ life here in the News Tribune and on Cougfan. … On the football front, we had our first look at Notre Dame. … Speaking of the Irish, they landed a big recruit, though he’s kind of small and has Oregon State connections. … Receiver Golden Tate remains in the running for a big award.
• Around the Pac-10: There was some big news around the conference yesterday concerning officiating. ESPN.com’s Ted Miller covers the Pac-10’s reaction to what I understand was an egregiously missed call. I didn’t see it myself, but talking with my sister yesterday before the Pac-10’s decision, she described it, and the announcers reaction to it, pretty well. … Saturday’s USC at Oregon meeting is this year’s game of the decade, that’s for sure. … Quarterback play just may be the No. 1 indicator of success in this conference. … Money was a big topic yesterday, as the Knight Commission released a report on costs, specifically coaches’ salaries. … Professors at Cal want the university to quit subsidizing the athletic department (the athletic budget number is staggering). … Even the Oregon schools don’t break even under the NCAA’s formula. …Washington: The bye week is sorely needed by the Huskies, especially Jake Locker. … Oregon State: Not much here. … Oregon: It will be the classic battle Saturday: innovative offense vs. old-fashioned, hard-hitting defense. … Cal: A day off for the Bears. … Stanford: And the Cardinal as well. … USC: Speaking of the uncalled facemask penalty, Taylor Mays is sorry. …UCLA: The Bruins will use two quarterbacks against Oregon State. … Arizona State: Stanford’s power running game will be followed by Cal’s speed. … Arizona: Guess who controls their Rose Bowl destiny going into the bye week? Yes, the Wildcats, who have never been.
• That’s it for this Tuesday morning. As always, we’ll be back after practice with more on the Pac-10. Until then …