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September 14, 2006 at 2:23 PM

UW AD calls out fans (Updated)

I know this is getting a lot of attention elsewhere, but I thought I’d put it here as well to see what the reaction is from those of you who have already become loyal commentators on this blog.
UW athletic director Todd Turner, in his latest Top Dawg Blog, writes that he thinks Husky fans need to continue to support the program during these troubled times so it can get back to the top.
In particular, he says in one sentence that UW fans need to display “blind enthusiasm.” In another, he writes that “negativity” in “internet chat rooms and radio talk shows” is counter-productive, especially that which is “mean-spirited or unfairly criticizes our program.”
“Recruits read it. Recruits hear it. It just doens’t help at all,” he writes.
Of course, defining what is “mean-spirited” and “unfair” is always the dicey part in such conversations. Is pointing out the pass defense numbers unfair?
From this corner, I think “blind enthusiasm” is a lot to ask for when the Huskies (and just about every other major college team) are charging NFL-caliber prices for their games, and when everyone realizes that college football as amateur sport is an ideal that never existed in the first place.
If unconditional support were possible in college athletics, no one would ever need to fire a coach.
Course, I guess it can’t hurt him to ask.
As for the criticism, that’s a growing trend everywhere that I can’t imagine really hurts UW anymore than anyone else. Read any of the Oregon State message boards lately?
Considering everything else that Seattle has to offer, the bigger concern on Montlake might be that everyone begins ignoring them.
UPDATE – Turner updated his blog with this posting here.

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