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April 14, 2009 at 3:36 PM

April answers, volume one

Lots of good questions — even on a day when I’m assuming everyone has baseball on the mind — so we’ll get right to it.
Q: What is the academic status of the JC transfers? Can UW pay for tutoring services before enrollment or just standard advising?
A: I don’t know the specific academic status of the transfers — as it gets nearer to their potential enrollment I’ll try to get that if I can find reliable information to pass along (which can often be hard to get). UW coach Steve Sarkisian simply said that a couple still have work to do. UW cannot help them with any of it right now. Once they are enrolled at UW the school can give all kinds of help, but not until then. Coaches can try to monitor it by talking to coaches and advisers at the current schools of the athletes, but that’s about it.
Q: Any thoughts on players who may be asked to leave program and/or scholarships may not be renewed?
A: Not really. I haven’t heard that they will ask anyone to do that yet and I don’t want to speculate without having any hard info.
Q: What position is Chris Young going to play for us?
A Sounds as if Young, a Class of 2010 commit from Auburn High, will be a safety. The 6-0, 215-pounder played safety as well as linebacker for the Trojans last season but is expected to be a safety for the Huskies, drawing some chatter that he’s one of the best in-state safety prospects to align with the Huskies since Lawyer Milloy.
Q: To what degree does the athletic department monitor your site and other sites? It seems like the other two sites have become very cheerleader-esque instead of being critical of the program. Is there some below the surface incentive to be pro-UW instead of neutral?
A: Not to be evasive, but without being in the athletic department I really can’t answer that. I know there are people in the department who try to read everything written about the Huskies, but it would only make sense that they would do that even if they weren’t trying to “monitor it” for reasons of self-interest. They will let me know if I’ve gotten something wrong, and they will also let me know if there is something I’ve written they don’t agree with. Obviously they’d rather we write something positive. But there’s no incentive suggested in any way for being positive other than not getting a cold shoulder when I show up. As for other sites, I can’t really speak for them since I don’t know their inner workings. We here at the Times obviously have historically tailored our coverage to speak to a more general audience and to present the teams we cover as objectively as we can, warts and all. Other sites that may be run by fans might tend to come more from that perspective and inevitably be more supportive.
Q: Did you play football or any other sports when you were at UW?
A: I did not attend UW and I did not play college sports of any kind anywhere. If I had, you’d see it every night on those blooper shows.
All for now.

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