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January 8, 2009 at 9:43 AM

January questions, volume two

Okay, we’ll try to get back to some of the questions asked last weekend, though a whole lot of new ones have come since then, as well.
Here we go:
Q: Has Trenton Tuiasosopo made a decision about returning for his sixth season?
A: Yes, and he will return. He met with Steve Sarkisian shortly after the coach was hired and made the decision then to return. So that will give UW what is essentially four returning starting LBs next year with E.J. Savannah joining Tuiasosopo, Donald Butler and Mason Foster.
Q: What’s the latest on Jake Locker?
A: This is another thing that might have got lost in the shuffle Tuesday so I’ll reprise it here for those who asked. Sarkisian said Locker has begun throwing and working out and appears on track to recover from his broken thumb. Sarkisian said last month that Locker would know need to undergo “quarterbacking 101” in the off-season to get as up-to-speed as possible for spring football. What Sarkisian meant is beginning to learn the playbook, the team’s new philosophy, things like that.
As Sarkisian said, the coaches cannot do anything involving a football with Locker until spring football beings. “That’s a little bit frustrating with the college rules, in all honesty,” Sarkisian said. “You are trying to build a program and the first time I’m really going to see him throw a football is spring football, day one. So it’s challenging.”
But Sarkisian said there is still a lot of work that can be done between now and then.
“It’s philosophy, it’s understanding how you handle yourself on and off the field, it’s preparation, it’s demeanor when they go throw and in the weight room,” he said. “There’s a lot more that goes into it than just throwing curl routes. So there’s a lot of stuff we have to go through together, he and I, to make this relationship to where where the belief and understanding of each other can be what we know it can become.”
Q: They were talking on Fox’s national radio network about the Pac-10 picking up 2 more schools and splitting into North and South divisions. The Utah coach was for it (according to them) the one guy said Boise State would be the other. The other guy corrected him to say BYU would be the other. I remember years ago Texas and Texas A & M were being considered (before they left the SW for the Big-8) and BYU REALLY wanted to get in the Pac-10 at the time. Any thoughts on this? I remember way back that schools had to be research Universities to get into the Pac-10 and BYU wouldn’t qualify.
A: My understanding is that right now, there is zero interest among the powers-that-be in the Pac-10 to expand. Now, the conference is due to get a new commissioner sometime before July 1, when Tom Hansen retires, so who knows if that might change. But adding teams would disrupt a lot of things that people in the conference like right now — most notably, the round-robin schedules in football and men’s and women’s basketball. It would also really upset the travel in both men’s and women’s basketball —as it is now, it’s real clean and easy with each team having five home weekends and five road weekends, and regular traveling partners (UW and WSU playing at the Oregon schools, UCLA and USC at the Bay Area schools, etc.). Point being, there’s a lot more than just football to think about. Your point about BYU is also correct and that is a big issue — it has always been important for the Pac-10 schools to have like-minded institutions in the conference. I also don’t think right now there is a thought that there isn’t much to be gained by expansion, other than the possibility of a Pac-10 conference championship football game (which I think would have its own issues — say you put it in the Rose Bowl and Oregon State ends up playing Arizona. How many people does that draw?) I think most in the conference think there’d be a lot more for a Boise State to gain from joining the conference than there would be for the conference adding Boise State. So right now, I don’t see it happening.
More later.



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