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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 22, 2007 at 9:49 AM

Wednesday A.M. notes

There’s little access to the team today. Tyrone Willingham will hold a press briefing this afternoon, and that’s it, so there won’t be a whole lot of news on the blog.
Not that there’s nothing to discuss as I return to full-time duty here after a few days off. I see Bud Withers’ note on Kent Baer and turnovers elicited a lively discussion.
I wrote about that same topic a week ago in a little more depth, including Baer’s thoughts that practicing to force turnovers does only so much good.
As I wrote in that story, UW may get more this season simply due to the odds — consider that UW’s opponents fumbled the ball 19 times last season yet the Huskies recovered only four. A few better bounces of the ball and the Huskies could just double that total this season. And how much difference could that make in the season?
Bud also wrote today about Johnie Kirton and Cory Nicol, the latter topic hopefully fulfilling the request of a reader who asked here a few days ago for more information on him.
Bud also filed this camp glance which includes the news on Willingham’s tightening of the info he will release on injuries. Obviously that makes our jobs a lot harder as reporters, so it’s just as obviously nothing I’m thrilled to hear.
But I also think there’s a greater issue here that can’t be completely ignored. UW is a huge public institution charging hefty prices to see its most visible product — its football team — and I think there is a certain right-to-know that the public has about the product that will be fielded each week. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe fans only care what happens as long as the team wins.
We also continued our series on the Pac-10 today with this look at Stanford.
Meanwhile, here’s the latest from Syracuse, including an item about all the injuries and illnesses that have hit the team.
I didn’t find much new on UW alums today, but there is some interesting news around the Pac-10:
— Oregon State star WR Sammie Stroughter is taking a leave of absence giving the Beavers yet another personnel hit since the season began. I’m beginning to wonder about my pick of the Beavers as a top five conference team this season.
— There’s also this from Oregon where Phil Knight has donated $100 million to the athletic department. It’s mostly for a new basketball arena, but hard to believe it won’t impact the entire department in some way. Not that it would be realistic to ask for something similar, but that’s the kind of thing UW is going to need from someone (or some corporation or business, maybe) to get its Husky Stadium renovation off the ground.
— I’d have to do some heavy thinking (which isn’t really my style, anyway) to come up with a definitive list of top five games in Husky history. I just figured those two Orange Bowl games would be on a lot of people’s lists when I threw that out there Tuesday. But I would think that the 1961, 78 and 92 Rose Bowls would all be contenders as well, along with the 91 Nebraska game, the 2000 Miami game, the 92 Nebraska game, the 90 USC game, the 77 USC game, the 84 Michigan game, and maybe the 81 USC game.

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