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November 21, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Apple Cup next year apparently moving to Dec. 4

Well, I got one Husky-related news item out of coming to Pullman today as word here is that the 2010 Apple Cup will apparently be played on Dec. 4.
WSU athletic director Jim Sterk confirmed that the Apple Cup is moving off of its scheduled Nov. 20. He would not say to what date it is moving. But WSU coach Paul Wulff said in his post-game news conference that it is expected that the game will be Dec. 4 in Pullman.
That would be the first December Apple Cup in the 102-game history of the series (game No. 102 coming next week).
The move will also give the Cougars and Huskies each two mid-season byes, one of the main reasons for the change.
The Cougars will fill the Apple Cup date with a home game against Cal on Nov. 20.
The Apple Cup was first moved off its traditional Saturday before Thanksgiving date in 2007 when it was played in Seattle on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
It stayed on its usual Saturday last year in Pullman, but will again be played this year the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
There had been a thought that the two schools would prefer not to play a game as late as the first weekend in December in Pullman.
But apparently each school has, uh, warmed to the idea to open up byes during the season and create greater flexibility in the schedule.
UW had been in talks with Oregon State to move a game set for Oct. 16 in Seattle to Dec. 4 for the same purpose, but that apparently fell through.
This move is separate from the talks of last spring to move the Apple Cup to Qwest Field. That idea is dead for now. Instead, this is simply just to try to add byes in the school.
I’m assuming this means there will be some further juggling in UW’s 2010 schedule but I don’t have info on any other moves.
The Pac-10 schedule for 2010 is expected to be announced soon.
The latest the Apple Cup has ever been played is Nov. 30, most recently in 1965.
Here’s a link to UW’s current 2010 schedule.

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