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May 7, 2009 at 10:54 PM

May answers, volume two

I promise to start getting to a few more of these, so here we go. …
Q: What’s the story on Dominique Blackman who was recruited as a QB a couple of years ago? Rumor has it that he was asked to switch positions and decided to leave the program.
A: That’s not what he said when I talked with him. Here’s that story. He is reportedly now at Harbor JC in Southern California. Whatever the reason he’s not here, what’s most relevant is that he’s not here and almost certainly never will be.
Q: My main motivation here is WSU, but since it’s a UW blog, I was wondering if you could discuss your understanding of how the economy will impact Pac-10 athletic departments (especially UW and WSU) and, specifically, if you think it will have any membership implications. You briefly said on a chat earlier that you don’t see any membership issues, but could you explain why you feel confident in saying that when there seem to be a lot of rumors.
A: The first part of your question is a little vague but I would say in general that the economy is obviously impacting everyone and all schools are looking at ways to tighten belts to make their budgets work — hence UW’s cutting of swimming last week. I think everyone is feeling a little pain. As for membership, I can’t imagine in the forseeable future that anything would change. The Pac-10 is not a conference that would just start kicking out teams that fall on hard times for a year or two — especially when everyone is falling on pretty equally hard times. I’ve talked to people at the Pac-10, at UW and other places and all say there’s no reason to think that any programs are going to be asked to leave. It’s really not something that’s been done in any conference but it’s really not the Pac-10’s way. And contrary to the popular myth, Pac-10 officials say there was never a vote in the ’80s on membership for WSU or OSU. There were some changes made in guarantees for football games and things like that at that time as schools looked for ways to make the finances fair for everyone. Also, I think ADs at all schools like to sometimes make things sound worse than they are as a way to raise money — they are not going to raise much money by saying publicly that they don’t need any. I just can’t envision a scenario where any program’s membership is at risk right now.
Q: Do you think that if Chris Polk and Demitrious Bronson get a strangle hold on the smash and dash, 1-2 punch, at RB it will hurt the UW when it comes to recruiting elite running backs out of high school? Especially considering that they both have four years of eligibility left?

A: No. For starters, those two would only have three years of eligibility left by the time UW signs any RBs for the Class of 2010. UW has already gotten a commitment from one — Melvin Davis. He’s a bigger back, something that other than Bronson, UW doesn’t really have. What I would also say, however, is that elite athletes get that way because they tend to think they are better than other athletes, and have an uncommon confidence in themselves. They tend to think they will beat out whoever they need to to get on the field because that’s what they’ve done their whole lives. That’s why USC keeps signing All-American after All-American even when at times it might seem like they’d have an easier path to the field going somewhere. And I’ll point out again, this team was 0-12 last year. There may be reason for optimism, but I still think most recruits will look at UW and think it’s a place they can come in and play right away. So that’s not something I would worry about.

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