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Huskies links: Pac-12’s VP of officiating tells ESPN that targeting call against Azeem Victor was correct

Happy Thursday. Celebrate the occasion with links.

--- Pac-12 men’s basketball media day will be held today at the Pac-12 studios in San Francisco. I won’t be there, but here’s a schedule of events. UW coach Lorenzo Romar and senior guard Andrew Andrews are scheduled to appear on the Pac-12 live stream at 10:40 a.m. Here’s a link to the live stream.

--- Our story in today’s newspaper focuses on freshman tailback Myles Gaskin, who leads the Huskies in rushing and has impressed with his patience and maturity.

--- Pac-12 power rankings, and a ranking of the league’s top three defenses so far.

--- The Pac-12’s VP of officiating, David Coleman, tells ESPN.com that the targeting call made against Huskies linebacker Azeem Victor in last week’s win over USC was correct. His explanation, in part: “The targeting was called for the hit on the defenseless quarterback for forcible contact to the head or neck area. It was helmet to helmet contact. When the play was reviewed by instant replay, the call on the field stood. A defenseless player cannot be hit by an opponent with forcible contact in the head or neck area with the hand, fist, forearm, elbow, shoulder or helmet.”

--- Steve Sarkisian used his Twitter account on Wednesday to issue his first public statements since his firing.

--- The Huskies are getting settled with their unsettled offensive line.

--- Oregon isn’t focusing on its rivalry with UW.

--- Ducks defensive end DeForest Buckner rises above his team’s defensive struggles.

--- There is one Pac-12 game tonight: UCLA at Stanford, 7:30 p.m., ESPN. The Bruins are trying to erase the sting of their last seven games against the Cardinal.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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