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July 23, 2007 at 9:58 AM

Answering your questions

In something I’ll try to do more of this year, I’ll answer your questions and respond to your comments here as well as in the comments section since I know not everyone may see the comments section.
That said, let’s review some of the questions and comments raised from the last few threads:
ITEM: Steve Emtman.
COMMENT: A lot of comments on the thread about Emtman and the fact that he is no longer officially associated with the UW program. My comments would be along the lines of those of NebDawg in that I think this is more complicated than Emtman simply offering some money and the current Husky administration turning it down for no real reason. As NebDawg pointed out, Title IX has to be taken into consideration in these cases. Also, I think there was some question about whether Emtman had the experience for some of the jobs he was interested in, and that he might not have been as interested in some of the jobs they were offering him.
As for why I linked to the Blaine Newnham column where Emtman was critical of the program, that was simply the most recent story we had on Emtman and the one that followed his induction into the Hall last winter.
ITEM: Keeping the in-state talent home.
COMMENT: There seems to be some trepidation among some of you already about whether the Huskies will be able to keep all the good in-state players home during this recruiting season. I would venture that it’s still way too early to conclude anything. Of the top 16 prospects in the state as listed by Scout.com, UW has commitments from four. Four others have committed to other schools. That’s probably not way out of line from past years as players who commit this early usually have had their minds made up in one way or another for some time — they either wanted to stay home or they had some other school they were interested in (Stanford if real academically inclined, etc.).
Kavario Middleton is generally considered the No. 1 recruit in the state, and his decision will end up having a great influence on how UW’s class is rated, especially since he says he is considering UW (if he weren’t considering UW at this point and had, say, a childhood favorite he was leaning toward, that would look different in terms of perception, as maybe a player who was never really in play. But Middleston seems to be wide open, so whether UW can land him will say a lot about the strength of UW’s recruiting at this time).
Middleton is indicating he will take his time in recruiting, saying he will likely cut his list to a top five by the end of the summer, but then likely not doing much with it for a while to concentrate on getting ready for his senior season at Lakes High. That means how UW does early in the season could influence his decision, another reason this looms as a critical year for the program (not that they all aren’t critical in their own way, but being the third year of the Tyrone Willingham era, this season will speak a little more as to the general direction of things).

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