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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

January 28, 2009 at 10:03 AM

January answers, Volume 16

Another round. …
Q: Has there been any bump in ticket sales due to the hiring of Steve Sarkisian?
A: The official response from the UW is that it is “too early to tell.” Season ticket renewals are just going out now. A spokesman says the school is encouraged by the response to new season ticket deposits but that it isn’t really time for comparisons yet. A better time is once spring ball is over and the renewal process is completed.
Q: I’ve heard rumors they may move the band and the students off the 50-yard-line if they renovate the stadium. Is that true?
A: The official response from the school is that “there has been little to no discussion on any ticketing/seating/student/band specifics regarding the new stadium renderings. The sole focus right now is on the funding for the stadium. The details will be determined after we know the scope of the project.”
Q: I was wondering about the scholarship limits. I know that there is a total limit of 85 and I notice that some schools, such as Hawaii and Arkansas, are offering 30 or more scholarships in this class. Is there a limit that can be offered per year or is the total the only thing that matters? And what is the deadline for being at the 85 limit? In other words, if UW offered 25 scholarships to this class (which seems unlikely at this point) and the Huskies were over the limit, when would they have to be at the limit — by fall practices?
A: D-I football schools are allowed to have 85 players on scholarship at any one time. They can never have more than that so there is no deadline to get down to 85 — any time of the year, 85 is all you can have. However, things are always fluid. At a quarter school like UW, you have seniors who play in the fall, then go off scholarship in the winter if they are done with school, allowing for new guys to come on scholarship, that sort of thing. Schools can have no more than 25 “initial” scholarships in a year, or new players joining the team. But the reason schools can sometimes appear to sign more than that is that they can count the players back or forward if there is room in another class. A player who signs in Feb. 2009, for instance, could arrive in the spring and count toward the previous year’s class. JC transfers, in particular, fall into this as they often arrive in the winter or spring and can count toward either class to make it work. That’s why you always get a vague answer when you ask the question “how many spots do they have?” There is rarely one set answer for that because things can change rapidly, and coaches also want to leave as many options as possible, knowing they can maybe count a guy forward or backward, if needed, to get him in.
AND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. …
— Our news section had this story today on a state legislator who wants to prohibit UW allowing any athletes in as special admits during a time when it is cutting enrollment.

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