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December 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Christmas Eve update

A couple items to pass on as it continues to snow here in Seattle. Guess we’re going to see what the white Christmas fuss is all about. …
— I talked with UW AD Scott Woodward a little bit yesterday about rumors of possible changes to the uniforms and the schedule. Here’s the story. As you can read, there may be some changes to the uniforms as early as next year, possibly reverting to what Woodward said would be a more classic look, though he didn’t have any specifics. As for the schedule, the only change next year would be to dates of games to create some byes — UW is slated to play 12 games in 12 weeks. But there won’t be any getting out of the LSU game or anything like that, as some have suggested the Huskies try to do. The opponents will remain as is, according to Woodward.
— Also out today is news that Sumner High OL Grant Cisneros is likely no longer headed to UW. Cisneros had announced a commitment to UW last month during the period after Tyrone Willingham was fired and before Steve Sarkisian hired. Scout.com had this story this morning giving Cisneros’ side.
I talked with Cisneros, as well, and he said he was recently called by new UW OL coach Jim Michalczik and told that the new staff is “looking over everybody and starting from the ground up,” so the offer the old staff made to him isn’t necessarily valid anymore. Cisneros had given a public commitment to UW after receiving a letter from Woodward stating that all offers from the previous staff would still be honored. Woodward said yesterday that all official commits made to the old staff or to him during the interim period would be honored, but he is letting Sarkisian re-evaluate the rest of the recruits — and Sarkisian said on signing day he would review all previous offers. Cisneros apparently never gave a commitment to Woodward, only to former assistants Charlie Baggett and Chris Tormey. He said he tried to set up meetings with Woodward but could never make it happen.
Woodward — who can’t talk about specific recruits, so he can’t comment specifically on the case of Cisneros — said he wasn’t under the impression Sarkisian was necessarily pulling offers, but was being honest with recruits about where they might stand with the new staff. “They usually have a meeting of the minds, I guess,” he said.
My understanding is that every other reported commit is one that is considered to have been given either to Willingham’s staff before he was fired, or to Woodward, so Cisneros would be the only one that might turn out this way.
All for now.

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