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— Here’s our main story for today, leading off with the return of E.J. Savannah. I talked with Savannah for a while last night after the original story broke of his return, so this story includes some of those comments.
Savannah said Steve Sarkisian told him that once he is officially enrolled in school he can start participating again in team functions. He said he never wanted to leave UW but didn’t know what to do when he wasn’t being allowed to play. He said he never really seriously considered other schools deciding to “wait it out” and see what would happen at UW.
He said he felt he was doing everything Tyrone Willingham asked and didn’t understand why he wasn’t being allowed to play and insists he was eligible. He said his understanding is that he has one year of eligibility remaining. “I’m going to make the best of this next year,” he said. He also said he doesn’t think there will be any issues with teammates wondering about his commitment. “They understand I wasn’t trying to leave and I did everything in my power to get back on the team,” he said.
As noted in the story, he said he spent the fall working at a job and working out and said he now weighs 240 pounds.
—- Here’s the latest on the USC coaching front and how it impacts UW from Scott Wolf. He also writes that QB Matt Barkley will stay with his USC commitment.
— Wolf also writes in his blog that Sarkisian will hire Jared Blank as his director of football operations. Here’s a little story on Blank, who is currently USC’s assistant director of football operations.
— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel isn’t impressed by the hire of Sarkisian saying it reinforces the idea that UW is now a “second-tier” football program.
All for now.
Off we go. …
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