Afternoon musings: 2000 Huskies respond, more from Gibson

July, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

In January of 2008, the Seattle Times published a series, "Victory and Ruins," about Washington's 2000 Rose Bowl team, portraying it as a lawless group of renegades. The Times summarized the series:

The 2000 Huskies, winners of the Rose Bowl, stand as the UW's last great team. But an unprecedented look behind the scenes reveals an unsettling level of criminal conduct that was often excused or overlooked. Mistakes made then still haunt a program trying to rebuild.

The story had a national impact and inspired a wide-range of reactions, including my own.

This week, writer and ardent Huskies fan Derek Johnson published on his blog responses from a long list of players on the 2000 team. You probably wouldn't be surprised that most are angry (and a few include adult language).

If you followed the Times' series, it makes for an interesting read.

  • A couple of things that I didn't include in my story on WSU receiver Brandon Gibson... He thinks backup quarterback Kevin Lopina is no slouch behind starter Gary Rogers: "I think Kevin Lopina has pushed Gary to play well." Wonder if Lopina might make a competition out of this? And Gibson gave me a list of players he thinks will break through in 2008: safety Myron Beck, receivers Daniel Blackledge and Michael Willis and defensive end Kevin Kooyman. He also talked about NFL buzz for center Kenny Alfred.
  • University of Arizona school paper looks at the Wildcats summer chemistry experiment. Also includes this about a pair of hyped recruits: "Among the impressive freshmen are cornerback Robert Golden and wide receiver David Douglas." Believe the hype? The Wildcats sure could use a good corner.
  • Wait... Tennessee visits UCLA and there's a NASCAR race that weekend? Near LA? What are the odds? Bet that sounds like a little slice of heaven for Vols fans -- a race on Sunday and a visit to the Rose Bowl on Monday (one that I'm guessing will be fairly successful). Link includes a ticket deal for both events.
  • Arizona State AD Lisa Love gets some Love from the ASU student paper.
  • Oregon lost the Helmet Clash to Texas A&M. That's got to hurt.
  • It appears that Carson Palmer is having some post-quip regret after tweaking Ohio State.

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