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Morning links: Sean Parker is plaintiff in class-action lawsuit against conferences, TV networks

Looking at the Huskies' pass rush, an antitrust lawsuit and Hail Mary defense in our morning links.

--- Here's our story in today's newspaper taking a look at the Huskies' pass rush, and how essential it will be against California and quarterback Jared Goff on Saturday.

--- As noted in the headline, former Huskies safety Sean Parker is one of several plaintiffs in a class-action antitrust lawsuit against several college football conferences and major TV networks. From the story:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A group of 10 former college athletes have filed a proposed class-action, antitrust lawsuit against several television networks and college conferences, including ESPN, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and the Southeastern Conference, for profiting off their names and likenesses without their permission in both ads and televising games.

The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Nashville features former Vanderbilt safety Javon Marshall as lead plaintiff along with former teammates Eric Samuels and Steven Clarke. The lawsuit wants a class action for all current and former players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Division I men's basketball.

In the lawsuit, plaintiffs allege the release student-athletes are forced to sign is "unconscionable, and vague,'' rendering it void and unenforceable--- The early read on Pac-12 parity.

--- Saturday's game is a return home for Shaq Thompson.

--- Washington is ninth this week in ESPN.com's Pac-12 power rankings.

--- California's defense is worn out, and for good reason.

--- Cal is playing a lot of fresh faces this season.

--- USC might be playing a top-10 team this week, but the Trojans are favored.

--- Oregon needs to be better on first down.

--- And UCLA's offensive line needs to be a lot better on every down.

--- Oregon State has a loyal defensive coordinator.

--- Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan is expected to play against Washington State on Friday despite a leg injury.

--- Should defending a Hail Mary attempt really be that hard? It has been for Pac-12 defenses this season.

--- Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre's pockets will be a little lighter this week after the Pac-12 fined him $10,000 for chasing after game officials following the Buffaloes' loss to Oregon State.

--- Walk-ons have played a role in Arizona's undefeated start to the season.

--- After throwing for more than 500 yards against USC, Arizona State wants to improve its running game.

--- Some notes from Washington State practice.

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

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