Category: In the Wake of the News

The forgotten force in the NIL boom

Over coffee recently, a friend who has University of Washington interests stopped me. We were discussing the roiling waters of college sports’ name-image-and-likeness tsunami, and he said something that never occurred to me, something that seems buried in the news of deals, cars and cash.   He said he...

A bracketing idea whose time has come (and which has absolutely no shot)

  For many of us, it’s ultimately about the bracket – our bracket. To get to that creature of sweet possibilities, the NCAA tournament has known a long evolution: The incremental growth from eight teams to 68; seeding of teams, starting in 1979; the 2001 implementation of the geographically...

The hire that wasn’t alters the Pac-12 landscape

  Five words. Five innocent, but chilling words that frame the future of two Pac-12 basketball programs, and indeed, the entire conference.   “I never got a call.”   As the college hoops season winds down, one of its surprises is the University of Arizona, which, following the skidding,...

College football coaches are dropping like flies (well, rich flies)

  In January of 1999, Rick Neuheisel was introduced as the new University of Washington football coach, at an eye-opening salary of $997,000 annually. Rounding up a few shoe-shines, Neuheisel was the fifth college-football coach making a mil a year.   A decade later, in 2009, I can recall...

Jimmy Lake did a lot of stupid things last week, but that final punt wasn’t one

  You could say the last week hasn’t been the best for Jimmy Lake. Seemingly, only Aaron Rodgers absorbed more derision.   Wayward comments about academics at Oregon, striking/pushing one of his University of Washington football players on the sidelines, claiming he didn’t hit him, losing a game to...

Rolo’s “color” sends WSU back to the drawing board

  As Nick Rolovich boxes up his conspiracy theories and vacates his office as Washington State football coach, I’m reminded that there’s a time-honored custom at WSU: Hire the guy who broke the mold, who can’t be pigeonholed, who lends a splash of color as a public face.  ...

Huskies, WSU: Welcome to bizarro world

  It was so weird, the 2020 Pac-12 football season: Covid postponements, a mini-season, no fans in the stands, seniors playing their senior years before their senior years.   Turns out that for us unsuspecting goofs in the state of Washington, weird was just getting underway. Has there ever...

Fantasy football: Oh, the way we were …

  For the record, I’m turning 50 this week.   No, not that 50 – I’m talking 50 years, 50 freaking consecutive seasons, of playing fantasy football. I’m not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed. It’s kind of like that ESPN-inspired slogan: Never Graduate.   Yes, I’ve been...

Your move, Pac-12 (but feel free to pass)

  Not so long ago, I looked around at the so-called “arms race” in college athletics, and wondered where it might end. You had to have an indoor football practice facility. Your stadium had to have state-of-the-art suites. You had to have a dedicated football-operations building.   And that...

Larry Scott’s tenure is over, and hold the applause until the end

  When I think of Larry Scott in the future — and blessedly, that shouldn’t be too often — I’m going to remember a personal saga fairly early in his 12-year tenure as Pac-12 commissioner.   Before we go any further, let’s note that his regime ends today, June...