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March 30, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Updating season ticket sales, other notes

My story for tomorrow’s paper previewing the beginning of spring practice has been posted already — here it is.
In it, I address the issue of season ticket sales for next year, which UW AD Scott Woodward and other UW officials said today aren’t as bad as has been reported elsewhere.
UW officials say season ticket sale renewals are at 83 percent of last year at this time, and 88 percent among Tyee sales. But one complicating factor, they said, is that renewals started about 10 days later this year than last year, making exact day comparisons a little invalid (the delay apparently was due to trying to ramp up the promotion around new coach Steve Sarkisian).
Woodward said that given the economy and the team’s record, he thinks the renewal rate is “pretty good.” He said he hopes that opening up spring practice will generate some more enthusiasm, which in turn will lead to some more sales and that he’s optimistic about it all. “Our (sales) team is working real hard and feeling good about if if we can generate some more sales between now and September,” he said, adding it’ll be more telling to judge season ticket sales come the summer.
Fans who have questions about their seats, or buying new seats, can find information here.
— Sarkisian said today that one of his goals for QB Jake Locker is that he get his completion percentage up to 60 percent this season. He said one way Locker can get to that is by hitting his secondary receivers more often and being willing to accept what the defense is giving more often.
— Sarkisian said he hopes to get in all of the playbook this spring but that a more realistic goal may be 75 percent.
— There was lots of talk about the off-season conditioning program. Sarkisian said that the O-line lost a combined total of more than 200 pounds and other positions became more agile. There weren’t a lot of players at the luncheon today — just three that I saw — so not a huge range of opinion on it available. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim said that the conditioning program “was pretty much the same” as those run by the previous staff with the biggest change, he said, the time of a lot of the sessions. “There were a lot of early mornings,” he said. “That was the biggest difference.” Te’o-Nesheim apparently took to sleeping a time or two in the trainer’s room to make sure he wasn’t late.
— Sarkisian talked a lot about his philosophy of practice, such as “Competition Tuesdays,” when starters essentially have to re-earn their jobs, and “Tell the Truth Mondays,” when the coaches give a frank assessment of the game that week to the players. This is all stuff that’s pretty much straight from the USC way of doing things. Here’s a column from The Orange County Register last year detailing all the themes of USC’s practices, all of which Sarkisian mentioned today as themes for the Huskies in the future.
— Te’o-Nesheim said he weighs about 260. He said he started last year at 275 and has been struggling to keep weight on but hopes to get bigger before next season.
— There are 70 scholarship players on the spring roster. With 19 due in this fall, something will have to give to get to the 85-man limit, though I think for now, they are anticipating there will be some natural attrition to take care of it.
— ESPN’s Ted Miller has his own take on the press conference today focusing on the lack of a depth chart and the clean slate for all the players.
— He also has Locker at No. 11 in his rundown of the top 30 players in the Pac-10.
— A reminder that I’ll host a live chat tonight at 9 to review today’s press conference and preview the beginning of spring drills.
All for now.



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