The Daily 12-PAC: Your daily dose of PAC-12 football, with a Pacific Northwest twist. Today - Washington's 2010 recruiting class is reviewed, Washington State head coach Mike Leach loses his appeal vs Texas Tech, Oregon's running back situation up in the air with the departure of LaMichael James to the NFL, and possible legal trouble for Oregon State Beaver Sean Martin.
Welcome to the long-awaited debut of The Daily 12-PAC. Well, long-awaited for me at least. I am extremely excited to join the team here at SB Nation Seattle, and in particular, to bring you PAC-12 football fans this daily feature to fulfill your football fix. The DTP will be a fixture here on the site, providing you a daily dose of Huskies, Cougars, Ducks and Beavers football news and information from around the nation. And of course, if there is anything else going on in the conference with a regional twist, we'll bring that to you as well. So sit back, kick your feet up, and grab a can from The Daily 12-PAC. I'll see you after the jump.
With the ink barely dry on the class of 2012's letters of intent, and offers already going out to the class of 2013, The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta looks back at the Huskies' 2010 recruiting class.
Like the article states, this class is significant for two reasons in particular: 1. It was Steve Sarkisian's first full after getting hired prior to the 2009 season. 2. It was Washington's highest ranked recruiting class to date under Sark.
But what stands out most to me, is that the 30 member class has already lost seven players due to transfer, academics and discipline, additionally, its also had its share of other disappointments. Four-star guys like DT Sione Potoa'e and Deontae Cooper have underperformed and been bitten by the injury bug respectively. We are still 2-3 years away before we can truly reflect on this class, but it's a nice "state of the class" type piece from Bob.
When Washington State hired Mike Leach, critics of the hire pointed to his "baggage" as one of the reasons why they didn't approve of him being named head coach. The baggage they referred to was/is his ongoing legal issues surrounding his dismissal from his last coaching stop at Texas Tech.
Friday, the Texas Supreme Court denied Leach's wrongful termination suit against the university, but this isn't the end of Leach's legal pursuits. Leach also has a pending lawsuit against ESPN for the role they played in his firing. Check out the story for more details. The guys at Coug Center had some stuff to say on this, as well.
It's an interesting take on the Oregon RB situation, and Barner in particular, but one that I don't particularly agree with. I think what Oregon has been able to do offensively since Chip Kelly's arrival has proven is doesn't really matter who lines up in the backfield for the Ducks, they're gonna have success running the football either way. Oregon's success, in my opinion, is a product of scheme. Have they recruited well to fit that scheme? Yes, extremely. Which is why losing a player, even of James' caliber shouldn't matter to the Ducks. Oh, and besides, they got this guy named De'Anthony Thomas too, and he's kinda good.
Now, where I come from, we just call it a DUI. But in Oregon, they do things fancy, so it's called a DUII. That's two "I's" people. At first I thought the extra "I" was because in addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, Oregon State DB Sean Martin also tried to elude police, but after looking up Oregon laws, I realized the second "I" stood for "intoxicants".
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