The Morning Haul

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Running back LaMichael James made it official Friday, saying he had filed paperwork with the National Football League to enter April’s draft.

“I want to help turn this program around, and I think our class coming in has a chance to do that,” Thompson said. “Cal has always been like a second family to me, and I have a great relationship with all the players and coaches there. I’m looking to do big things right away and plan to win that starting safety job from day one.”

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports tweets that the Rams had at one point in that not-so-distant past reached out to Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian about the vacancy. Luckily for the Huskies, Sarkisian reportedly said he wasn’t interested.

Washington leads 6-5 in a series that began in Nov. 30, 1951. Lorenzo Romar is 2-1 against Utah and undefeated as UW coach. Krystkowiak is 0-1 against the Huskies. His Grizzlies were a No. 16 seed against No. 1 seed UW in the 2005 NCAA tournament.

Given the rebuilding nature of the Utah basketball program, road-challenged Washington will not have a better chance at a conference win away from home than Saturday, when the Huskies conclude their first Pac-12 road trip with a matinee against the Utes.

Pretty simple, right? Evidently not. Abdul Gaddy made what I consider to be one of the most honest, yet disturbing statements after last nights “game.” He said this is not a team that will score a lot of points on the road. Why? Why is that? Does Hec-Ed have a shorter 3-point line so shots are easier? Is there a magnet in the ball that activates when we have possession? No. The court is the same. The hoops are the same. The jump shot the Huskies take and make at home are going to go the same height and distance at Hec-Ed and on the road, no matter where in the world they are. So what possible reason is there for our team to score less points on the road? It is all mental.

It also means this league is bad. I hate to say it, but it must be said. This league is really bad. There’s a legitimate chance the Pac-12 will merit just one — one! — NCAA tournament bid this season. If we were seeding the field today, would you give any of the above teams an at-large invite? And with nonconference play behind us, can you really see that changing before March 18? I wouldn’t. And I can’t.

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