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August 25, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Saturday morning notes

First off, I want to make sure you saw my story today on freshman running back Brandon Johnson, who has had an interesting road to UW.
Also, here’s a story out of Jets camp saying that Marques Tuiasosopo may get a few more snaps in their game tonight against the Giants. Sounds like he may need them to make the team.
And here’s good news for Damon Huard out of Kansas City as he has been named the team’s starting QB. Speaking of the Chiefs, anyone else enjoying watching Hard Knocks on HBO this year as much as I am?
— On other matters, one of you said you’d heard/read that UW was off the next two days and wondered about the routine the rest of the week.
Whatever you saw/heard is incorrect as the Huskies are scheduled to practice this afternoon. They will take Sunday off (though likely having meetings, etc.) and will then practice Monday and Tuesday. The Huskies are leaving for Syracuse on Wednesday to get acclimated to the time change and will have a walk-though at the Carrier Dome on Thursday.
The coaches have talked a lot the past few days about the players having “heavy legs” and all that due to training camp, something that is pretty typical, so the last few days before the first game are always fairly light with a lot more emphasis on learning the game plan then getting out and doing a lot of physical work.
— Also, someone asked why myself and and others in the local media have been critical of Tyrone Willingham for his secrecy, yet it seems everyone at Notre Dame lauds Charlie Weis for being clever for not revealing the name of his starting QB. Why?
Answer: Not sure if it’s exactly as black-and-white as that. I don’t read everything written about Notre Dame so I don’t know for sure, but I’d be surprised if some of the media there haven’t criticized some of Weis’ policies in these areas.
But you also can’t strictly compare these situations in any way. The more valid comparison here is Willingham with other UW coaches, and with the market in general. UW has always been a pretty open program — even when past coaches closed practices, they usually kept them open during the spring and early part of fall camp, which is one of the biggest gripes of many of us who cover the team. There’s no gameplanning going on then, nothing that could be revealed that’s going to cost the team a game — not that I really think it matters anyway, as I have alluded to several times here by pointing out that the most open program in the country right now may be USC. I’ve written on here before that while most of us would like everything open, the way it was for years, I can understand why coaches would want to close things down somewhat during games weeks. But what really doesn’t seem to make as much sense is keeping us out of most of spring (there were a few more practices open this year) and fall, especially early on.
Whenever I write about this people mention Don James closing practice in 1989 after a dispute with media over what he wanted reported about an injury. That overlooks the fact that he had practices open for 15 years of his tenure. For much of his time at UW, James’ home phone number was printed in the media guide and you could call him whenever you wanted. Practices were completely open during the Neuheisel era, and while Gilbertson closed some things down, spring and fall camp was open.
And unlike Notre Dame, UW is in a market place where there are three other pro teams, including a wildly popular NFL team that is about as open as could be.
Anyway, didn’t really mean to bring this up again, but since someone asked, thought I would address it one more time.
We’ll have more from here later today.

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