While the UW issue of the day will be the updated health report on defensive end Greyson Gunheim, the story that will have the rest of the Pac-10 buzzing is the quarterback depth chart soap opera playing out at Arizona State.
Click here for the story from The Arizona Republic.
Here's the lead, which sums up the mess nicely:
Saying he made a mistake 48 hours earlier, Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter reversed field Sunday night, making sophomore Rudy Carpenter his starting quarterback.
Senior Sam Keller, chosen by Koetter as the starter on Friday, was excused from practice to evaluate his options. He can return as Carpenter's backup, transfer to a Division I-A school then sit out and play next season or transfer to a Division I-AA school and play immediately.
Keller was not available for comment Sunday night. His father Mike did not immediately return a phone call.
"It's simple," Koetter said. "I made a mistake on the quarterback situation and I'm changing my mind. Whatever Sam decides to do including return to the team, we wish him the best."
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By the way, I sort of expected that Coach Willingham wouldn't want to directly discuss the ASU situation, but I managed to get a couple of comments around the edges that I thought were interesting enough to pass along here.
First, I asked if he had ever had a group of players attempt to get him to change a starting lineup or depth chart.
His answer: "I haven't, but you always sense as a coach how does your team feel about that guy next to him, and particularly at the quarterback spot."
I then asked if players coming to him with such advice would be welcomed as a show of leadership or unwelcomed as butting in where they don't belong.
His answer: "It depends on your team. It depends on where you are, the work ethic or how they have handled themselves. If you have a team that really hasn't put forth the work or effort, there's not a lot of confidence in their ability to come to you and make that decision. If it's a young team and they came to you, maybe there's not enough knowledge for them to do that. Maybe it's an experienced team, and maybe you would look at that a little bit different."