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January 27, 2009 at 2:32 PM

January answers, Volume 15

Another round. …
Q: I heard Curtis Shaw is back with the team and as a running back. Is that true?
A: It’s definitely true that Shaw is back. Here’s a blog item from December where I updated Shaw’s status. Shaw’s father said his son wanted to return to RB and had gotten an initial blessing from the new coaching staff to start out at that position when spring ball begins. But there could be a lot of shifting of roles as the spring progresses and the new staff gets its first in-person look at players, so we’ll see where Shaw ends up. But he is enrolled in classes and back with the team.
Q: What exactly is a graduate assistant, anyway? I thought they had to be right-out-of-school but I see one of the guys UW hired has been a full-time coach? Can you explain it to me?
A: The graduate assistant position is defined in section 11.01.3 of the NCAA Manual (find it here). In essence, it’s a person who has an undergrad degree who qualifies for admittance in the graduate program of a school and for employment as a coach. They must be enrolled in at least 50 percent of the courseload of the requirements for a regular grad student. All football teams are allowed to have two, as UW just announced it will have next season, and one person can serve as a GA for two seasons. They are not paid but are on scholarship essentially getting the same things that “regular” student-athletes get in terms of monthly room and board checks, tuition, books, etc. They can be any age, as can any graduate student in any school. When UW went to the Rose Bowl in 2001, one of its graduate assistants then was a guy who’d been a high school coach for 15 years or so and wanted to break into college coaching. most memorably, in 2001 one of UW’s graduate assistants was John Pettas, who had been in college coaching for 20 years or so and had been an offensive coordinator at Arizona State. But after being fired with the rest of that staff and looking for a job, he accepted the GA position at UW for a year. GA’s typically are younger guys simply because you’re not going to make any money for a couple of years. But as noted, sometimes older guys do it as a way to break into a major college program. USA Today also had this story recently on how Notre Dame was looking at some former NFL players for its GA spots.
Q: If they renovate Husky Stadium, where will they put the track?
A: The word from UW AD Scott Woodward is that there is no specific site yet, but “it will be north of the athletic complex, north of the baseball field. It could go around the soccer field or north of there. We haven’t decided that yet. It’s still to be determined.” Woodward, however, said all of that is built into the $300 million projected cost of the renovation.
All for now.

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