Just a few notes as we meander our way in an offseason....
--Columnist John Canzano of The Oregonian is campaigning for Willamette University head coach Mark Speckman to become the new head coach at Portland State
I would miss Speckman if he left. But somehow, PSU is probably going to stay in family at this late date or look for a guy who can make a splash in the media.
--Can't help but giggle a little bit at the recent posts at d3football.com regarding McMinnville RB Josh Armstrong, who is apparently staying in town and coming to Linfield. Josh is a great kid who has had a tough life situation. But he is being made out on that board to be the "second coming" with comparisons to David Russell...a bit heady for a guy who wasn't all Pacific conference in his senior year of high school. I'm rooting for him to have a great college experience at Linfield (which may or may not include football). But the platitudes are a bit much. Next thing we know, we'll have QB's being compared to Brett Elliott.
--A tip of the cap to the Linfield women's hoopers, who secured a playoff date at Puget Sound on Thursday night. I guess the "AV geek" will have a night or two on his own for dinner this week......
--And a sad note. Linfield has lost one of its biggest boosters. Former faculty member Elmer Fricke passed away this morning. His son Eric is a frequent contributor to d3football. com. My prayers are with the family.