The Morning Haul

Happy New Year’s EVE! Lots of rumors swirling but nothing concrete yet. Also, Game-day for Men’s Hoops!

In the Alamo Bowl’s battle of the quarterbacks, Baylor’s Heisman Trophy winner was outplayed by Washington’s sophomore, who put himself in the 2012 Heisman conversation.

Price accounted for his seven in front of 65,256 at the Alamodome. That he also did it in the only college football game available in the contest’s TV time slot, and outplayed a Heisman Trophy winner (Robert Griffin III) in the bargain, means that Price added about eight points to his Q Score — precisely what he needed to do to place his name on the 2012 Heisman “Watch List.”

As ludicrous as this may sound, forget about 2012 being the year of Matt Barkley at USC. If the Huskies play their cards right and can continue to provide their quarterback with worthy targets to throw to, 2012 is all about Price.

Holt, who was terrific at USC as a right-hand-man defensive coordinator for Pete Carroll, hasn’t performed well enough on his own at Washington. He has had three full seasons to show progress, and in Year 3 under Holt, the Huskies allowed 453.3 yards per game, the most in school history. Holt is making top dollar, more than $650,000 a year, and producing bottom-feeder results. A firing should be inevitable.

Would it surprise me if Holt was fired? No. This season was that bad. But I’d be stunned if it happened in the next few days. I fully expect Sarkisian to sit down and carefully look at what transpired this season and what he wants and hopes for moving forward and then make a decision.

Simmons admits he draws inspiration from Wroten, the Pac-12’s scoring leader at 16.8 points per game. Simmons catches himself watching the 6-5 guard dart into the lane — usually against taller defenders — and marvels at his ability to score despite improbable odds.

All Oregon needs to worry about tonight is avoiding turnovers, keeping Washington at bay on the boards, dealing with the usual frenetic pace of the Huskies and, oh, yeah, defending the Pac-12’s best freshman.

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