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Huskies links: Foster Farms Bowl reportedly ‘looked very hard’ at inviting UW to play UCLA (plus basketball, recruiting, Steve Sarkisian and other stuff)

The Huskies men’s basketball team hosts TCU at 8 p.m. today at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Here is a quick preview box for that game. And here are some links.

--- Interesting story from the Los Angeles Times, which quotes Gary Cavalli, the executive director of the Foster Farms Bowl as saying that he “looked very hard” at matching Washington against fellow Pac-12 opponent UCLA due to a shortage of eligible teams. UW was reportedly considered because it did not play against UCLA this season.

Nebraska, a Big Ten team with a 5-7 record, was instead selected to fill the spot based upon its APR score.

--- Also from the Los Angeles Times: former UW coach Steve Sarkisian is suing USC, alleging that the school discriminated against him by not allowing proper time to seek treatment for his alcoholism. Sarkisian is also seeking $12.6 million -- the amount remaining on his contract, which Sarkisian claims USC breached by firing him -- in addition to emotional damages. USC’s general counsel termed Sarkisian’s claims “patently untrue,” and wrote in a statement that USC will “defend these claims vigorously.” Here is a direct link to Sarkisian’s complaint for damages.

--- I wrote some last night about UW basketball signee Sam Timmins, who recently took his official visit to Seattle and will enroll at UW in January.

--- In football, a 5-star linebacker prospect visited UW yesterday, too.

--- UW coach Chris Petersen made another staff change, dismissing director of football operations Mike McHugh -- and eliminating that position entirely.

--- Jeff Choate was introduced in Bozeman yesterday as Montana State’s new head football coach. He will continue to coach UW’s defensive line and special teams through the bowl game.

--- Pro Football Focus names edge-rusher Cory Littleton, cornerback Sidney Jones and tight end Darrell Daniels to its All-Pac-12 team. Curiously, PFF grades Daniels as the No. 1 pass-catching tight end in the conference, despite Daniels’ modest stat line of 18 receptions, 241 yards and a touchdown. PFF notes that Daniels caught 85.7 percent of passes when targeted this season.

--- Washington is an 8-point favorite over Southern Mississippi in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

--- Sports Business Daily breaks down the gifts players will receive from each bowl game. UW and Southern Miss players each get a gift suite, an Ogio backpack with hydration bladder, a commemorative football and a beanie. No word if the beanie is also commemorative.

--- Awful Announcing slots the Heart of Dallas Bowl No. 30 out of 40 in its ranking of the most watchable bowl games. This ranking from the Big Ten Network also has UW’s bowl game No. 30.

--- The Hattiesburg American has this look at the Huskies.

--- Heisman Trophy finalists were announced yesterday. They are: Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. I have a vote again this year, and cast my ballot on Monday, but we’re not supposed to reveal our picks until the ceremony.

--- UW junior forward Malik Dime grew up playing soccer. Can you tell?

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple