Off with another batch.
Q: Will Nick Montana be able to graduate high school early to enroll at UW next spring?
A: No, according to what he said on the KJR-AM Saturday during the show with the Dawgman.com guys. Montana said his transfer two years ago from De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., to Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, Calif., made it so that he won’t be able to get the credits in time to graduate early. (By the way, interesting article today out of Tennessee on the trouble Sark’s buddy, Lane Kiffin, is having finding a top-flight QB for the Class of 2010. QBs went early this year, indicating how critical it was that UW land Montana).
Q: Now that they have replaced the turf at Husky Stadium, will they still have the number on the sidelines honoring Curtis Williams?
A: Apparently, it’s uncertain at the moment exactly what they will do with the number, which has been painted on the field since 2004. There is apparently some thought of honoring Williams in a different way, such as with a memorial in the locker room or something. UW officials are talking with the Williams family about it.
Q: Any Pac-10 coaches on the hot seat this season?
A: Not according to ESPN’s Ted Miller, who says not to be surprised if there aren’t any coaching changes after this season. As Miller points out, there’s kind of a mix right now of coaches who are either completely secure in their jobs (Pete Carroll, Jeff Tedford, Mike Riley) or not on the job long enough to warrant firing yet (just about everybody else). For some reason, though, I think I’d still be surprised if there isn’t a change somewhere as it seems like there almost always is, even if it’s not just a school firing someone.
Q: What’s with kids these days? How come their word doesn’t seem to mean anything anymore, like Tevin Carter committing to UW and then changing his mind and now committing to Cal?
A: Personally, I don’t think kids have changed all that much. But I do think the process of recruiting and the coverage of it has changed quite a bit. The recruiting calander seems to be getting earlier and earlier all the time in terms of offers and commits, and that can lead to a lot of time to rethink a decision (and not always of the kid’s doing, but parents, coaches, whoever, who may suddenly decide an athlete should look around some more). I also think the coverage of it leads to people thinking there is more changing of minds these days. There didn’t use to be the almost daily inquiry into a kid’s every thought on this stuff. I bet lots of guys in the ’70s and ’80s waffled all over the place on these things as this is a really tough, potentially life-altering decision. But we just didn’t know about it back then.
All for now.
Off with another batch.
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