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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 4, 2006 at 9:10 AM

Wednesday mailbag

Here’s another go-round of emptying the mailbag:
IS UW’S RECENT SUCCESS HELPING RECRUITING? It can only help, that’s for sure. As for how much, we really have to wait a few more months. But the two commitments UW got in the wake of the UCLA win, including Nate Williams of Kennedy, each seemed to indicate that the success is helping. Success breeds success in every area.
WILL UW CHANGE ITS PHILOSOPHY ON JC RECRUITING AFTER HAVING TROUBLE GETTING GUYS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS? Probably a little. Tyrone Willingham has said that UW will be able to be more selective in its recruiting the longer the current staff is in place. And the more success UW has, and the more that top-flight players are interested, the fewer risks UW will have to take on guys who might not make it academically, high school or JC. So yes, I would think you will see fewer academic casualties in future years.
HOW IS JAKE LOCKER’S WORK ETHIC? This may be the easiest question to answer. It’s apparently off-the-charts in listening to the coaches — witness how he seems to win a Player of the Week award for his work on the service team almost every week.
WHAT’S WITH SCOTT WHITE? There were lots of questions about White in the wake of the Arizona game. To clear up again, he didn’t start because he had a shoulder injury last week and hadn’t practiced much. But he played almost the entire game despite missing the first two plays. I’m planning a story on Scott this week that may clear a few more things up so watch for that.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE TV POLICY? There were a lot of questions about the TV policy in the wake of the Arizona game. I’ve written several stories about it in recent weeks so I will first refer you to those. Here’s one from last week, and another from August.
Here are a few other thoughts:
— The wording of the agreement between UW and FSN said it “nearly guarantees” that every game will be on TV. There are obviously a lot of ways to define “nearly.” I could say I’m “nearly” having the same career as Rick Reilly because we each write about sports. But it’s still possible that 10 of 12 games this season will be on TV, which would be about the best percentage ever (I’ll try to check that out for sure sometime down the road but I know they’ve always had one or two games not on TV even in the best of years).
— I don’t think it’s the greatest TV deal ever. But I also don’t think there are a lot of other realistic options. The Pac-10 has worked out a deal for limited presence on ESPN in future seasons and I think limited will always be the best it can do on that network. The key is always to find another regional partner to get every game on. They just may need to tweak their deal with Fox in the future to get all games on TV. The recent agreement with UW and FSN-NW is an example of such tweaking.
— I really don’t think FSN or the Pac-10 office has it in for UW in any way. You have to remember that while UCLA-Stanford seems like a bad game now, it seemed like potentially a good one a month or so ago when that decision was made, and it also features teams in two larger TV markets than does UW-Arizona. As my one story indicates, they have regional and national advertising concerns and ratings issues they have to think about, as well. Still, it does seem as if there should be a way that the game could be available for those who really want to watch it — pay-per-view if nothing else.
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