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January 4, 2010 at 9:02 AM

What’s on tap

School is back in session at UW today, which also means the beginning of a new phase of the football season. Or specifically, the true beginning of the off-season.
The team has pretty much been off since the season finale win over Cal Dec. 5, concentrating on finals, then taking a break for the holidays.
But the off-season conditioning program was scheduled to begin today — coaches and strength and conditioning personnel can work with the players during this period.
The coaches, meanwhile, will get back to recruiting. This remains a quiet period through Jan. 10, but coaches can visit with recruits on campus and make one phone call per week. A full contact period will be in effect Jan. 17-30, during which time the bulk of the rest of the recruiting for this class will take place.
UW is expected to have visitors Jan. 15-17 and Jan. 22-24 (I’ll pass along info on that as we get closer to those dates). Signing Day is Feb. 3.

UW has 26 commits in a class rated No. 8 nationally today and No. 1 in the Pac-10 by has it at No. 19 nationally and third in the Pac-10. (An obvious question there is why is there such a discrepancy — I’ll try to address that in a future entry).
Here are a few more notes on what to look for going forward:
Jake Locker is expected to meet the media at some point this month to discuss his decision to stay in school.
— Obviously, players enrolling this month means there could be news on if some guys aren’t coming back (and most notably, there should be some resolution to E.J. Savannah’s situation soon). I will pass that along as it becomes available.
— Two UW commits will play in the US Army All-American Bowl Saturday — Keanon Lowe, listed as a DB on the West roster; and Sione Potaoe, listed as a defensive end.
— The state legislative session begins Jan. 11 and will continue into April, and at some point, it is expected that a bill including funding for a renovation of Husky Stadium will again come to a vote.
— The AFCA coaches convention is Jan. 10-13, which is notable in part because that makes it a dead period for recruiting.
— Graduated LB Donald Butler has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl Jan. 30. So far, he’s the only UW player I know of playing in a post-season all-star game.
SOME USC REACTION: Here are a couple of interesting pieces on the news yesterday out of USC:
— LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke writes that the school is trying to take the heat off the football allegations and show that it can exercise some institutional control.
Jill Painter of the LA Daily News pens the same theme.
Nick Daschel bashes USC AD Mike Garrett for not being accountable.
Ken Goe of The Oregonian also has some other Pac-10-related links.
All for now.



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