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Q: In regards to funding for the stadium renovation, do you know if selling the naming rights (i.e. – Paccar Stadium) is something that has been discussed as a possibility? As a traditionalist I hope it wouldn’t happen but given the need to raise the money I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen.
A: It’s definitely something being discussed and has been mentioned from the start of the process with the renovation of Husky Stadium. Due to the struggle so far to get state/county funding, everything remains on the table, including selling naming rights. But even if they do it, it’s not the total answer to the funding issues — Qwest paid $75 million for the naming rights to Qwest Field for 15 years, for instance, and given the economic times right now, it’s likely UW would have trouble getting that much now. So even if UW decided to sell the naming rights, there’s a lot of other work to be done to get the funding for the renovation. Also, if they do sell the naming rights, it’s likely to be along the lines of what was done with the Hec Ed — which is technically now Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion — where they incorporate the traditional name into the new name.
Q: Is UW having a hard time getting OL/DL recruits? If so, is there a reason?
A: Your question makes sense due to the fact that out of 10 commits so far for the Class of 2010 only two are from linemen, one on each side of the ball. And despite the noteworthy recruiting so far, capped off by the Nick Montana news last night, no one will consider this class a real success until the Huskies bring in some more linemen. All of that said, I also think it’s too early to really make any judgments that UW is having trouble getting linemen. Stanford, for instance, has 16 commits so far and only three from linemen. Maybe linemen are just commiting late this year or something. Consider that of the top eight linemen listed among UW’s prospects by Scout.com, seven have yet to commit to UW or to anyone else (the other is Sione Potoae, now a soft commit). If UW still has only a couple of linemen commits in November, then it will be worth worrying about. For now, it’s mostly something to just keep on the radar.
Q: Are there any of the commits for the Class of 2010 who could change position, like Zach Fogerson to LB or Jamaal Kearse to safety?
A: Sure. These guys haven’t even signed yet so their futures are far from set in stone and just about anything could probably happen to most of them, though some guys who are at more speciality positions —- such as Montana — would never change. But recruiting experts, and even Lakes coach Dave Miller, have mentioned that Kearse could grow into a player who makes sense to try on defense. Fogerson says he wants to be a fullback/running back at UW — he mentioned that they have plans to use him in a variety of offensive roles — so I would imagine that’s where he will start. But lots of guys have changed positions once on campus so no reason it won’t happen with some of these guys in the future. But keep in mind that the coaches talk with recruits about positions during the recruiting process — like has apparently happened with Fogerson. So when guys are listed as being recruited at a certain position, it’s for a reason — that the coaches think that player can fill that role on their team going forward. But you also have to remember that with so much variability in college football, anything can happen.
Also, if you want to use this post to send in more questions feel free as I need some more to fill out these entries.
All for now.
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