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January 16, 2009 at 10:30 PM

January answers, volume 10

A late-night, keeping-myself-out-of-trouble-in-Oregon edition of Q-and-A. …
Q: Any update on the recruits in for visits this weekend?
A: This may be a good opportunity to give my annual recruiting season note that while I will do what I can to keep you abreast of recruiting, especially commits, this isn’t right now a blog that will be able to give you some of the minute detail of the process you can get from the Scout or Rivals or other sites more devoted to recruiting. (For one thing, I’m in Oregon right now with the basketball team). That’s not to dissuade you at all from asking questions regarding recruiting, just by way of explanation that I may not always know, certainly as much as some of those who do it more for a living, which is why I often rely on them for info here. Now then, the consensus seems to be that there are at least nine recruits in for visits this weekend but that there could be others (and there are rumors that Skyline QB Jake Heaps may take an unofficial visit at some point, as well). The nine thought to be in include five who have given at least a soft commit to UW, including Keith Price and Nathan Fellner. Of the other four, a new name is OT Jeremiah Toafeono of Las Vegas. It’s common for players to commit while on their visit, or shortly afterward, so there may be some news coming in the new few days of new Huskies, and we’ll pass it along if/when it comes.
Q: Is there anything new regarding the search for a replacement for Tom Hansen as Pac-10 Commissioner?
A: Not much. Hansen has already said he will retire July 1, an announcement made last summer. At that time, there was some thought a replacement would be in the fold already. The New York Times reported in the summer that former Stanford AD Ted Leland — who may be most known at Stanford for hiring Tyrone Willingham — was the front-runner to get the job. But there has been little news emanating on that topic for a while now, which doesn’t mean that nothing is happening, just that it hasn’t leaked. When they do name a new commissioner, however, I warn again not to expect miracles. I really believe that a lot of the problems everyone wants to say are Hansen’s fault — the bowl deals, the TV package, etc. — are much larger issues based largely on geography and time zones and conference makeup that aren’t going away simply by changing the name of the leader at the top.
Q: Steve Sarkisian seemed to let at least one of the prior verbal commits walk. We still are well below the limit for the year and especially short on the lines. Why would you speculate he did this?
A: I think the commit you are referring to is Grant Cisneros, a tackle/tight end from Sumner High. (Here are details). I think he did it simply because he was uncertain if Cisneros is a Pac-10 caliber player. Sarkisian has said recruiting offensive linemen is a priority in this class, so I wouldn’t worry that he’s not going to go after some — as mentioned above, an apparent late add to the list of visitors this weekend is a lineman. But a big part of the job of a coach is evaluating which players he thinks will be best for his program, and that’s what he did. I think Cisneros’ position was irrevelant to simply wondering if he was a good fit.
BY THE WAY. … A number of you asked some very good questions about the stadium proposal. Some of those will take more time to research than I have had in the last day or so, so I’ll try to get to those in the next week when I have more time to make sure I am passing along the correct info. In fact, that’s the case with a few other questions as well — a number of you asked some really insightful questions that I want to make sure I get right before answering. So if you haven’t seen your question answered yet, I’m simply still working on it.
All for now.

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