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January 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Watch video of Times’ Blue Chip recruits, and more notes

A typically gray Sunday here in Seattle means it’s a good thing there is lots of football on the tube today.
But first, a few links. …
— Here is a video highlights package of the four Seattle Times’ Blue Chip recruits for next year, three of whom are headed to UW — Chris Young, Sione Potoa’e and Colin Porter.
— Speaking of in-state recruits, The Oregonian has a look at Bethel High lineman Happy Iona, who is committed to Oregon State. As mentioned in the story, Iona’s academics remain in question but it is expected he will sign with OSU and hope it works out, possibly heading to a JC for a little while.
— The San Jose Mercury News has a good update today on the stadium situation at Cal, noting the school’s unique plan to borrow the money then pay it back through selling seat licenses.
I got asked about this a few times this week by people wondering why UW doesn’t just do the same thing instead of asking for public money. A few points:
1, Whatever money UW gets from the state —- if you read my entry on this last week, you’ll see UW is no longer saying exactly how much it will ask for but it will probably be half of a price tag it hopes will get down to $250 million or is — it will still have to raise the other half on its own and has already said it will investigate funding models like Cal is using here.
2, No two situations are exactly alike and simply saying “why doesn’t UW do what Cal is doing” is a pretty simplistic way of looking at it. Read the SJ story linked and you’ll see some people are dubious whether what Cal is trying will even work.
3, There’s obviously no guarantee that UW will get any public money, and if it doesn’t, exploring options such as what Cal is doing will take on even greater importance. Again, trying to make it clear that UW officials know all about what Cal is doing and it is definitely something it will consider once it knows exactly how much money it has to raise.
Ken Goe of The Oregonian has his daily links from around the conference.
Nick Daschel continues his 2010 Pac-10 expectations series saying another 1-11 season is possible for the Cougars.
All for now.

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