A few links and notes on a Thursday night/Friday morning ...
--- Two recruits who are committed to UW were named Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states -- quarterback Daniel Bridge-Gadd (Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix, Arizona) and running back Sean McGrew (St. John Bosco, Bellflower, California). Lake Stevens quarterback Jacob Eason was the Gatorade player of the year in Washington. Eason is committed to Georgia, but reportedly exploring other options, and recently visited to Florida.
--- Montana State, which reportedly had an interview scheduled with UW defensive line coach Jeff Choate, among others, for its vacant head coaching position, appears to have identified longtime Missouri assistant Andy Hill as the frontrunner to land the job.
--- The apparent discord between California football coach Sonny Dykes and the school’s athletic department appears to be growing. Dykes didn’t get the Missouri job -- the Tigers instead promoted defensive coordinator Barry Odom -- but Dykes has reportedly also contacted South Carolina and Virginia about their head coaching vacancies.
--- Dykes isn’t the only Pac-12 coach interested in South Carolina, as FOX reports that Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is also expected to meet with South Carolina in the coming days. Here are three reasons why Rodriguez might leave, and why he might stay.
--- Arizona State is searching for a new offensive coordinator after Memphis hired Mike Norvell to be its head coach.
--- In Pac-12 men’s basketball action, UCLA took down No. 1-ranked Kentucky on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion, 87-77. The Bruins controlled the game from start to finish, and sophomore forward Thomas Welsh led the way with 21 points.
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