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November 1, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Answering some questions

Okay, so I asked for some questions, and boy did you guys respond.
Nice to see the interest.
I’ll try to answer a few here:
— I think there’s little chance they would really make a move with Tyrone Willingham so I’m not sure it’s worth really speculating on that right now. However, we have several times reported that his buyout if he were to be fired prior to Jan. 2, 2008 is $3 million due within 30 days. After that it is $1.5 million.
— As Warren Moon said the other night when asked on KJR-AM, it’s probably “a million to one” that Jim Mora would end up here in any position other than head coach. It would make little sense for him to drop down from his position with the Seahawks to be a college assistant. His next move, I would think, is to be a head coach somewhere.
— Willingham has said several times he is listing players by their academic year because it is safest to assume players only have four years until they are granted a fifth season. He says a fifth year has to be earned. I wrote about that topic in this story here last spring. I agree it’s confusing, and our policy at the Times has been to list players by their athletic eligibility. However, it may be best to assume Jake Locker is a sophomore. If he keeps playing the way he has, he’ll have every oppportunity to leave after his “senior” season, I would think, if not before.
— Here is a list of players listed as seniors who have one more year of eligibility, meaning they are most likely to be back but are among those who could also not be back — Casey Bulyca, Michael Gottlieb, Darin Harris, Charles Hawkins, Johnie Kirton, Luke Kravitz, Sir Aaron Mason, Jordan Murchison, Jovon O’Connor, Trenton Tuiasosopo, Jordan White-Frisbee, Walt Winter.
— I don’t see any way White-Frisbee would get a sixth year since he played in three games in 2006, and late in the year.
— I think Dan Howell has been struggling with an injury. Remember, he missed the Ohio State game with a knee injury. I’m not sure he’s 100 percent.
— There is no uniform drug testing in NCAA football other than at bowl games. State law here prohibits the Huskies from doing random testing of athletes, but they do get tested at official NCAA events (bowl games, NCAA tournament, etc,).
— We’ve reported here previously that UW coaches have thought about moving Chris Stevens to safety. That was about as much insight as we got, however, so I don’t know how seriously or why not, etc. Stevens said he didn’t think they ever were that serious about moving him. That’s a tough move to make during the season but maybe that’s something they’d consider in the off-season.
— UW would only go to Qwest Field if the renovation of Husky Stadium made it necessary. Right now, given the funding problems of that project, it’s not happening any time soon. UW officials have said on several occassions that winning would obviously make it easier to raise money for that project so yes, the team’s current struggles aren’t helping in that regard.
— TV for this week is just FSN-NW, so it’s not national, so I have no idea if it’s available outside the state, specifically Oregon, as some of you asked. I’d just check your systems to see.
— We’ve asked Tim Lappano many times about the use of Kirton. Basically, Kirton has never really outright won the tight end job, which somewhat limits his opportunities. There is also no question that the TE isn’t used quite as much when UW goes heavily to its spread option package. No doubt, Oregon has found a nice way to incorporate the TE into its package, so it can be done. As far as Kirton as a runner, I was reminded in reading old Stanford stuff this week that he got three carries for seven yards against the Cardinal last year. UW coaches have looked at him seriously there in the past but in their eyes, never saw enough to put him there for long.
— Yes, our practice access is still limited to just the first 25 minutes, which is rarely more than just some stretching and basic drills. That means we have to rely on what the coaches say about it, and I agree that when the team struggles like this year, it can create a little more doubt about what is really going on. I am obviously always on the side of more access.



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