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June 3, 2009 at 10:50 AM

June answers, volume one

Off with our first set of answers for June — and another reminder that we will have a live chat today at 2 p.m.
Q: Any chance you could provide a chart showing the Pac-10 rankings for freshman football players’ GPA/SAT avg. and how those compare to each respective schools’ entrance requirements?
A: That would be very interesting. But that would require a lot of research, and not even sure it could really be done accurately. Some schools might volunteer some of that. But some/most probably wouldn’t due to concerns over student privacy laws. And that would then mean simply asking players what their SAT scores are, which is notoriously unreliable — people tend to exaggerate those to the positive, which is why fans are sometimes caught off-guard by the sudden ineligibility of a player who claimed all along to have all the needed requirements. But I’m really not sure such a list would reveal huge surprises, either. I think it’s pretty much a given that Stanford would be at the top of such a list and UCLA, Cal and UW and maybe USC would be among the top, as well. Maybe the one surprise might be that UCLA would be second. Rick Neuheisel has mentioned lately how UCLA’s requirements are more stringent than Cal’s, hinting that’s putting the Bruins at a little bit of a competitive disadvantage.
Q: With the recent layoffs in the UW athletics marketing department, I am curious to see how that will affect marketing of the athletics (specifically football) to the fan base? With Husky Stadium renovation bill dead for now, that last thing the program needs is fading awareness/momentum for current and possible future fans.
A: I don’t think the laying off of some people in those departments means that work won’t get done anymore. I just think it means different people will be doing it. But I have to be honest — I think all that really matters is the won-loss record. If UW starts to play better on the field, the fans will come, regardless of whatever marketing is done. If the wins don’t come, it won’t matter much what marketing is done. UW again has some attractive home games — LSU, USC, Oregon, Cal, the Apple Cup — so I think now it will be about whether the fans think they will see some good football from their own team that will determine whether they want to attend. The economy also plays a role. But I really don’t think there’s a big problem with a lack of awareness about the Husky football team. Win, and the fans will come.
Q: What do you think the chances are of UW landing a solid QB if they miss out on Jake Heaps? Also how does he compare in terms of talent compared to Jake Locker before his freshman year?
A: As has been pretty well-documented here and elsewhere, UW also has offers out to QBs Jesse Scroggins of Lakewood, Calif.; and Nick Montana, son of Joe, of Thousand Oaks, Calif. So right now, those are the three targets. With Heaps due to make his decision by mid-June or so, the dominoes will start to fall pretty soon and I would bet by the end of summer that picture is cleared up. The bigger question is what happens if UW misses on all three. As for Heaps and Locker, they are so different stylistically that it’s really hard to make an exact comparison. Heaps doesn’t have some of the physical attributes of Locker — he isn’t as big or fast (few other QBs are). But he is more polished as a passer and in running a sophisticated offense. Should Heaps commit to UW, people will need to keep that in mind that while their names and hype may be the same, they are really different in terms of what they do.
All for now.

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