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Q: Is there any kind of penalty for a team backing out of a game, such as Nevada did for this season that created the opening filled by LSU? Did those teams pay us money or anything like that? I understand that it must be difficult to find a game on short notice, but I still think we should have found an easier game than LSU. Considering the extra money a small school team could make by coming to Seattle, it doesn’t seem like it would be impossible to convince some school to play us (even if it means they need to back out of a game…apparently that is easy to do).
A: Yes, there typically is some kind of penalty for backing out of a game. That’s something that the two schools agree on when they sign the contracts for the series. I don’t know what it was for the Nevada game (it would take a little bit of research to find and if I ever do get it, I’ll pass it along). But it’s usally in the tens of thousands, not the hundreds, making it generally not all that prohibitive, especially if you back out to get a more lucrative game, as I think Nevada did in this case — the Wolf Pack will play at Notre Dame that day, instead. With schedules often firmed up several years in advance, finding a game at the relative last-minute isn’t as easy as you’d think. In this case, there are personal obvious ties between UW and LSU and that’s a large part of why the Huskies scheduled the Tigers. But I think the powers-that-be at UW also thought it might help the cause to sell the funding of the renovation of Husky Stadium by having a big-name team come to town this year. Part of UW’s pitch has been to show how much financial impact Husky games can have on the area by luring out-of-town fans — and LSU figures to be as good an example of that impact as could be found. And it’s not easy to get SEC teams to the West Coast for games — UW hasn’t played once at home since Alabama in 1978 — so I think the powers-that-be saw this as a rare opportunity to play a series against a team like that.
Q: Any word on when the new jerseys will go on sale to the general public?
A: I think they are already on sale. You can find a No. 10 jersey here.
Q: Do you know if Jeff Tedford and Steve Sarkisian have an interesting history we don’t know about? In the last two recruiting seasons Tedford has got three pretty good football players to de-committ from the UW and head to Cal – namely Deandre Coleman, Ryan Davis and now Tevin Carter. We might lose or take a guy from another program once every 10 years. Tedford taking 3 in two years is really abnormal.
A: I don’t know of any history between the two out of the ordinary. And I think this is mostly just a case of three individual players that each school happened to be involved with — as should be expected given that each school is in the Pac-10 and tends to recruit a lot of the same players given their academic standing and conference affiliation — than anything between the two coaches. Davis committed to Cal before Sark got the UW job, but Sarkisian went after him hard due in part to connections to Davis’ JC and Davis briefly committed to UW before switching back to Cal. Coleman is obviously a Seattle guy and committed to UW before decommitting due to worries over the Husky coaching situation that had nothing to do with Sarkisian — Coleman decommitted long before Sarkisian was hired. Carter’s obviously an LA guy and both schools recruit that area hard, so occasionally having some battles over guys is inevitable. I think that’s probably all it is. Remember that UW and Cal have had lots of similar battles before Sarkisian came to town, such as James Montgomery and Atari Callen.
Q: Did Steve Sarkisian reallly play baseball at USC briefly, as you wrote in a blog entry yesterday?
A: Sarkisian attended USC in the fall of 1992 and was a member of the baseball team then. However, after struggling in early practices he rethought his future and transferred to El Camino CC to play baseball, where he also then picked up football, later dropping baseball.
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