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December 4, 2006 at 11:10 AM

Harris out, recruits in

Quickly catching up on some Monday morning news.
First, here’s a story on Stanford firing Walt Harris, the second coaching change in the Pac-10 this year, and likely the last one unless something unforseen happens somewhere else.
Interestingly, I saw him coach games in person twice and he won each time — last year at WSU and this year at UW.
Even though he had only two years, this wasn’t a huge surprise; the discontent down there was obvious. When I attended Pac-10 basketball media day in early November, the buzz was he was gone unless Stanford really turned it around, which other than the inexplicable win at UW didn’t happen.
The bad news for UW is that Stanford appears to be serious about revamping football now that it has a new stadium and will have a new coach.
Also, here’s what I wrote on UW’s recruiting for today. The story in the paper was cut some, so I’ll provide the complete story here:
The Washington Huskies, expected to sign up to the NCAA limit of 25 players in their 2007 football recruiting class, are up to 14 reported commitments after getting three commitments on Sunday.
The new Huskies are running back Willie Griffin of McClymonds High in Oakland, Calif. — a school with a rich athletic tradition that is also the alma mater of basketball great Bill Russell and baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson — and fullback/linebacker Austin Sylvester of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J.
Web sites were also reporting that the Huskies had received a commitment from Mason Foster, a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker from Seaside, Calif.
The 5-9, 190-pound Griffin had also been recruited by Oregon State, Utah and Colorado but said he won’t take any other trips. “Washington was my first offer and they’ve been on me ever since,” he said. Griffin led McClymonds to the Transbay Bowl championship on Friday with 191 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries in a 78-37 win over Lincoln. Griffin is the third running back to commit to UW.
The 6-3, 245-pound Sylvester is attending The Hun School, a prep school in Princeton, N.J. Sylvester attended high school in Reno, Nev., last year and was offered a chance to walk on by the Huskies. But he said he wanted to earn a full-ride scholarship so he headed east, and his play this season earned him a scholarship offer from UW.
“I wanted to prove something to myself that I was worthy of a Division-I scholarship,” Sylvester said. “It was worth the trip.”
Sylvester, who turns 19 in April, hopes to enroll at UW in time for spring practice.
Commitments are non-binding until players sign letters of intent in February.

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