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January 1, 2007 at 11:15 AM

At the Rose Bowl

I’m covering the Rose Bowl today, as is every other member of the Seattle media who was down here for the UW basketball games over the weekend.
And there’s still a little of a Husky presence as you walk — peering down from one of the big banners hanging over the outside of one entry is Mark Brunell guiding UW to a win in the 1991 edition of this game.
Otherwise, the Huskies are just a memory in this game right now, having last appeared here exactly six years ago when they beat Purdue.
Who could have forseen all that would happen in the interim to not only prevent UW from playing here again, but not even making it to the final weekend of conference play with a chance to get here?
And with just four conference wins in three years, it can seem like the making another appearance here is years away.
On the other hand, I keep going back to how the Huskies played on the road against what turned out to be the top two teams in the conference this year — Cal and USC.
Sure, those teams didn’t play their best games that day. But for 60 minutes against USC, and even longer against Cal, the Huskies played basically even physically, an indicator that things were beginning to turn in a positive way this season.
The bowl season has revealed lots of fissures in other programs, a further sign of hope for the Huskies.
USC will be the prohibitive favorite heading into next year — they will start just four seniors today, three on offense, those guys such as WR Dwayne Jarrett may obviously turn pro. And Cal isn’t going anywhere.
But why can’t the Huskies compete with the likes of Oregon and Arizona State and UCLA next season?
And from there, the road to Pasadena gets considerably shorter.

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