A Memorial Day set of answers. ….
Q: What are they doing with the old FieldTurf that was ripped out of Husky Stadium last week?
A: Apparently just throwing it away — in an environmentally friendly way, reportedly. UW officials said the turf was beat up, which was why it needed repairing in the first place. But it also wasn’t transferable, apparently. The new one is, so if/when they begin renovation of the stadium, they’ll take the new one they are putting in and use it for the track.
Q: Bob, I appreciate your coverage of both football and basketball, so my question is not meant to be direspectful, but is there any way you could be more candid in your observations regarding what happens at the UW, a la Geoff Baker? Geoff Baker is not afraid to interject his personal opinion although he is a beat writer for the M’s. I find his blogs refreshing and informative. He does not come off as a homer and is usually blunt with his assesments both good and bad. Anyway, your candid obsevations would be appreciated and not after the fact like you did with Tyrone Willingham.
A: No disrepect taken. However, I’ll point out first, no two people are the same, obviously. I do my blog my way, Baker does his his way. This isn’t a comparison to Baker, but in general, maybe I’m just more old-school in the sense that I view myself more as a traditional reporter and the blog more of an extension of the information I get in that role than just merely a place to spout a lot of opinions. There are numerous places to get opinions on everything, but real information, in my estimation, is becoming more and more scarce. As someone who has the ability to be close to the program in the role of a journalist, I feel that is where my biggest value is — in relaying information. When I started these blogs — the UW basketball blog was the first sports blog at the Times — it was a bit of an experiment, and again, I viewed it largely as a place to get in more information, with some more analysis, than fit in the paper. We have columnists at the paper whose job it is to call for people’s hiring and firing — it’s my job to pass along information on the team as best as I can. But in specific relation to, say, the Mariners, I’ll also point out that the nature of the two sports is quite different. In baseball, there’s hard data every single day to opine on — you can give a state of the team address every single day if you want because you have a game to base it on. That’s a lot more difficult to do in college football, where you go nine months between games. As for Willingham, I got plenty of e-mail last year telling me how hard I was on him — as well as Willingham himself deciding not to talk to me anymore — I don’t think I was just after-the-fact in my assessment of where the program was heading under him. I picked UW seventh heading into last season, and it should have been pretty obvious to everyone what a seventh-place finish was going to mean for him. I also do picks before every game where I usually make it clear where I think things are headed — I don’t think I picked UW to win very often last season. I didn’t spend all last December-August bashing Willingham because I figured once the school decided to retain him, it was best to let it play out and see what happens. But again, I don’t think I ever predicted bowl games and winning seasons and all that, which was obviously needed for him to retain his job. As the times change, our roles at the paper change, and the blogs themselves change — I just started doing live chats in the last few months, for instance. A lot of people have written to me that it feels like I’m more opinionated in those or whatever. Maybe so, but it’s also just kind of the nature of live chats, which is in part the point of them — and again, something I didn’t have the ability to use before February. But in general, I don’t think I’ll ever completely stray from feeling like may main role here is to be an information-provider.
Q: What quarterbacks is UW after besides Nick Montana, Jesse Scroggins and Jake Heaps?
A: According to Scout.com, UW has not offered ny other QBs — here’s the list of the team”s QB prospects. However, as you can see, next on that list after those three is Andrew Manley of Wahaiwa, Hawaii. It looks like there’s a pretty big drop off in perceived potential from the big three and the rest of the QBs on the list. But Manley looks like a decent prospect, rated a three-star recruit and with interest from schools like Cal and UCLA, though so far,only an offer from Hawaii.
All for now.
A Memorial Day set of answers. ….
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