Knocking off a few more. …
Q: I was surprised, but thrilled, to see the comment from Steve Sarkisian that UW was
a dream job. My question to you is how accurate do you think that comment is? also do you see uw trying to lock him down for several more years any time soon?
A: Well, you’re kind of asking me to read his mind there a little bit on the first part of the question. But what I think he means is that he long ago singled out a few jobs in the country he thought would be really good ones, and this is one of them, and now that he has it, it’s a dream come true to be a head coach at such a school. When he was 5 years old did he set out to be the coach at Washington someday? Obviously not. But now that he’s here and in the fold, I think he just means that this is a dream to have a chance to have a job like this at a place like this. As for UW locking him down longer now, the answer is no, as I quoted UW AD Scott Woodward a couple of times in recent days. Sarkisian has four years left on a five-year deal and it’s not very common to extend guys after one year — and it really wouldn’t look all that great right now given the current economic climate in the state and at the school. What I think they might do is do some things to bump up the deals for some assistants and other staffer who are on shorter-term deals to ensure that they will stay. I think that’s what Sarkisian wants to concentrate on right now is doing things to keep as much of his staff intact as he can. As I reported last week, Sarkisian and Woodward held some meetings in recent days addressing some of those issues.
Q: Will UW join the rest of the PAC-10 and gets a PE major, making it possible for JC transfers to transfer in?
A: No. Adding an entirely new major is way bigger than just trying to get a few JC kids in for the football team, and if you’ve been reading any of the stories on funding for higher education in the state the last year or so, there’s no money to do something like that now. UW has had to cut a few other majors to try to make ends meet in recent months. So no adding of anything now,
Q: A question I asked during the open comments session. With all the mechanism in place to keep control and monitor recruiting how does a commit like Keanon Lowe ever receive enough foreign attention to alter his commitment or thought process. Seems like it would not be a very elaborate effort to get him to change or he was not happy in the first place since so much personal or otherwise contact is so closely monitored.
A: When a kid gives a verbal commitment, he doesn’t mean that other schools can no longer talk to him, and it doesn’t mean that the school he commits to can suddenly talk to him more. The rules don’t change until he signs an official LOI. So Oregon could contact Lowe just as much as UW throughout this process. In Lowe’s specific case, it sounds as if Oregon was long his “dream school” but he was enamored by UW, specifically when UW said he could be a WR while Oregon apparently wanted him on defense. But sounds as if Oregon has recently told him he could be a WR — only takes a one-minute phone call to do that — one reason he apparently has suddenly gotten more interested in Oregon.
Q: I know Chris Polk is having some sort of surgery, but I must have missed the post with the details. Can you recap the details of his injury/surgery and when he’ll be back?
A: Polk had surgery to clean up some things in the same shoulder he injured in 2008 that caused him to miss the last 10 games of that season. He hurt the shoulder against Arizona and played with it the rest of the season. The hope is that this surgery will completely fix things. He’ll sit out spring but Sarkisian said he should have no problems being back for the fall. For a player in his situation, missing spring isn’t a big deal.
Q: When will the stadium bill be put before the legislature? Who is authoring the bill and when can we get our first look at? Do we know how much the UW is asking for this year?
When all is said and done, what are the other fallbacks the UW can use to raise money? Tuition increase?
A: I plan to address all of these questions in a longer entry in a few days, so I won’t do that here, but wanted to post this since a few people asked similar questions to let you know I will address it soon. The short version is that the bill will be introduced soon and will be addressed by mid-March. And I can also say that a tuition increase for the stadium is the last thing that would happen. They’d never use tuition money for the stadium — PR suicide right now to even broach that with all the other financial issues the school has.
All for now.