1. Dawgfather Don James, the College Football Hall of Fame coach who led Washington to a share of the 1991 national championship, spent his first day on the golf course Monday after a six-week recovery from the removal of multiple skin cancers. James, who coached at Kent State before arriving in Seattle in 1975, said excitement in Seattle is palpable after the Huskies finished last season with four straight wins. “I think Sark’s done a good job,” James said. Sark, of course, is head coach Steve Sarkisian.
2. Kudos to another Hall of Famer, Nevada coach Chris Ault, coming off the most successful season in Wolf Pack history, for taking a pay cut of nearly five percent after agreeing to a two-year contract extension. The next time that Ault talks to his players about the sacrifices they need to make for each other, they won’t have to look very far for an example.
3. UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni made his first stop during an ESPN carwash Monday at the podcast studio. Coach P discussed his readjustment in returning to college football after seven years with the Dolphins and the Cowboys, his reunification with his friend and colleague, offensive coordinator George DeLeone, and the deTexasification of his three children. “They were starting to think they were born there,” Pasqualoni, a Connecticut native, said. It’s one more reason he’s happy to be in New England. Listen to him and LSU coach Les Miles in a special podcast that will post Tuesday.