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January 16, 2009 at 6:12 PM

January answers, volume nine

Another round. …
Q: What’s the situation with Spirit, the Husky mascot that was unable to finish the season. Will there be a new dog next year?
A: Yes there will be, a UW spokesman says, saying a new dog is being groomed for the spot. Spirit, meanwhile, is apprently doing just fine in retirement, other than having a sore shoulder, I guess. For those wondering what all this is about, here’s some background.
Q: I read somewhere the other day that an early signing day “window” has been discussed for recruits who want to sign in the fall. Is it gaining any steam? Do you know what Steve Sarkisian thinks about it? Also, can recruits sign their letters of intent while on current recruiting trips or do they have to wait until February 4?
A: Coaches did propose an early signing period during their convention earlier this week. Their proposal was for a signing period in December (read details here). But that’s not something that would be implemented immediately — it would have to be approved by the NCAA — so it won’t impact anything this year. Most coaches are apparently for the proposal (read about that here) so maybe the effort is picking up some steam. I haven’t had a chance to ask Sarkisian about it so I don’t know his stance, but I’ll try to do that soon. As for your last question, players must wait until Feb. 4 (or whenever the LOI day is in a given year) to sign their LOI. Here’s a good breakdown of some of the rules regarding LOI’s.
UPDATE — And after posting this, I see the conference commissioners apparently said today they are not going to review it, so this appears to be dead in the water for now.
Q: What is the status on Anthony Boyles? He had a lot of hype coming out of high school, but academics and the inability to get bigger have kept him off the field. Have you seen him around and does he look any bigger?
A: I haven’t seen Boyles around in the last week or two just because I haven’t seen too many of the players. Frankly, the season just ended Dec. 6 and then everyone went on vacation for a few weeks. So I don’t think anyone has made huge physical strides yet this off-season. That will be something to keep more of an eye on in a month or two as we get closer to spring football. Obviously, Boyles didn’t have the immediate impact many — including himself, I think — anticipated. But he’s also still just a freshman with four years to play, and he drew praise from the old coaching staff for his hard work last fall and he had . He’ll definitely be one of the more interesting players to watch this spring.
IN OTHER NEWS. ….
— Here’s a neat story from the AP on George Hickman, who was a Tuskegee Airman and will be at the Inauguration this week. As the story notes, Hickman now works at UW in the athletic department. On football game days, he works in the press box and also has a kind word or two for all of us. Here’s a column our own Danny Westneat wrote on Hickman and some of the other Airmen last month. And here’s one Steve Kelley wrote a few years ago.
All for now.

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