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July 26, 2009 at 10:50 PM

July answers, volume 13

Another round. …
Q: is there any chance of the NCAA adding scholarships — say going from 85 to 95? It’s my belief that the 85 player roster limit rewards the non-BCS teams at the expense of the BCS teams that are the ones actually paying the bills. Some of the players that were borderline
UW recruits ended up starring elsewhere over the last ten or so years.This also brings up another question. Why did the NCAA limit scholarships in the first place?

A: Simply put, to your first question, no. Not in this era of cost-cutting — the last thing that will happen is adding scholarships for any sport. The cuts were gradual over the last two decades. For years, there was no limit and the really rich schools could put 100s on scholarship while others couldn’t, which helped create a pretty big competitive imbalance. Partly to alleviate that, as well as cut costs, the limit was set at 105 in the ’70s, then later to 95 in 1978, and then to 85 in the mid-90s (all of which is also explained in this recent ESPN.com story). Title IX also comes into play as if teams added men’s scholarships, they’d have to add women’s scholarships, as well, to balance out the numbers, one more reason it’s not going to happen. I think few question that the scholarship reduction has helped create more parity in college football, though USC has shown that not all dynasties are dead.
Q: Not really a Husky question, but it was thought up when the UW coaching search was in full swing. I know Norm Chow is getting a bit older now, but with all the success he has had as an offensive coordinator, why has he never been seriously considered for a head coaching position? I could be speaking with some hyperbole here, but I don’t remember him being considered.
A: I think Chow has been seriously considered for some jobs — Stanford when it hired Walt Harris maybe being the most notable. He’s also been rumored a candidate at UCLA and Hawaii in recent years. But as you mention, he’s getting up there — he’s now 63 and he’s never been a head coach, the age becoming an increasingly bigger factor in why people might steer away from him. And there are all kinds of formerly successful offensive coordinators who’ve struggled to make that transition to head coach. He also spent all those years at BYU when maybe he could have pursued head coaching jobs but apparently was content to stay there hoping he’d take over when LaVell Edwards left. Instead, he was passed over that job and then finally left BYU. But his timing just hasn’t seemed right to get a head coaching job.
Q: Obviously a lot of athletes put on more weight and get stronger in the transition from high school to college. What successful quarterbacks in recent memory have made that same time of transition from ‘gifted but under-sized’ to ‘physically-dominant and still skilled’? I ask this in regard to Nick Montana who from what I have read has all the mental and mechanical aspects of the positions but sounds like he needs to bulk up to survive on the college field. How much can getting bigger and stronger mess with a QB’s mechanics?
A: Not sure I’ve heard of too many cases of getting bigger messing with a QB’s mechanics — maybe readers can help me out with that if they know of any examples. Montana will be an interesting case study to watch since he’s a little atypical of UW recruits through the years. Washington for decades was able to pluck QBs who seemed ready-made physically for Pac-10 football. But even in UW’s history, lots of QBs have put on significant weight and not had it impact them negatively — Mark Brunell was 190 when recruited and 205 when he left; Marques Tuiasosopo listed at 200 when recruited and 220 when he left. So it’s very common for guys to put on weight and strength as they get older. Montana is listed by Scout.com at 6-1, 185. Tuiasosopo and Brunell, by way of comparison, were each 6-2. Montana is never going to be as physically imposing Jake Locker (6-3, 225) or the Huards (Brock was 6-5, Damon 6-4). But at 6-1, he has enough height to be a successful college QB. And you have to remember he is just entering his senior year of HS — the changing nature of recruiting with earlier commitments and all the spotlight on them tends to make it easy to forget just how far away it still is until the day Montana is likely to play for the Huskies. It’s likely he’ll weigh 10 pounds or so more by the time he enrolls than he does now, and probably 5-10 more than that by the time he actually has to play, which would logically be the fall of 2011 at the earliest, or about 25 months from now. I think he’ll have more than enough size to get the job done.
More later.

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