Notes: Hill franchised, I.T. love, and more

83804298JS011_CBE_CLASSIC_FIt’s been easy to overlook everything that’s gone on over the course of today, what with Griffey’s return and all.  But there are a number of other stories Seattle fans need to know about before the day is done, so let’s get to it.

Hawks franchise Hill. Free agent linebacker Leroy Hill will more than likely be returning to Seattle next season, as the Seahawks designated him their franchise player for the offseason, ensuring any outside suitors would have to pay a king’s ransom in order to sign him to a deal.  By placing the franchise tag on Hill, the Hawks have the option to work out a longterm deal with the pass-rush specialist, or simply pay him an average of the top five salaries of players at his position for one year.

I.T. on ESPN. Washington’s Isaiah Thomas is currently being featured in an article on ESPN.com, which can be found HERE.  The Huskies starting point guard was also interviewed in a television segment for the show “First Take,” and the video is posted at the above link as well. Nice to see I.T. get some national love after going relatively unnoticed over the past four months.

Nate-Rob on Letterman tonight. Former Husky guard Nate Robinson will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight on CBS (locally on KIRO TV, channel 7).  The Knicks guard will likely be one of Letterman’s final guests of the evening , so be prepared for a late night.  The show airs from about 11:35 PM until 12:30 AM.

Dawgs take on UCLA. And last but not least, what would otherwise be the story of the day, the Washington Men’s Basketball team is in Los Angeles to take on the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion this evening.  The Bruins have been in a funk as of late, having lost their previous two games at the hands of Arizona and Arizona State.  A win tonight by Washington would extend the Huskies conference lead, and all but seal up an NCAA Tournament berth with their 20th win of the season.  The game tips off at 8:00 PM and can be seen on FSN and FSN HD, and heard on 950 KJR AM.

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