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February 9, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Tuesday night notes — not great news on the Husky Stadium front; plus, I’m off to the Olympics

First off, a personal note that I’m off to help the Times cover the Winter Olympics for the next 18 days. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and it fell at a good time to be away from UW-related duties with really not much in the way of news expected in the next few weeks.
My being in Vancouver obviously means that the blog will be a lot lighter until I get back. But I don’t intend for it to be completely dry (not as dry as the slopes at most of the Winter Games are at the moment, anyway). I’ll try to peak in from time to time and post news that comes my way, and I may get a few other things up that have been in the planning stages for a while (namely, some position overviews heading into the spring). But wanted to explain all of that in case you wonder why it may be kind of slow on here for a while.
Now, on to a few news and notes:
— HB 2912 passed out of the House Committee on Finance today by a 6-3 vote. UPDATE AT 9 P.M. — However, Times political reporter Jim Brunner, who covered the hearing today, writes that an amendment was placed in the bill excluding Husky Stadium as a possible recipient of money. Obviously not good news for UW in its attempt to raise money for a renovation of the stadium, though as Brunner writes, there’s still a chance that Husky Stadium could be returned to the bill by the final vote so this may not be a done deal.
Larry Scott’s talk today of expansion led to all kinds of stories around the country on the topic. You don’t find anything better on the subject than this column from our own Bud Withers, who addresses neatly why Boise State, the other California state schools and BYU are almost certainly non-starters. I don’t have much to add that Bud didn’t hit on in his piece. (Though I’ll say to those who’ve mentioned it to forget Hawaii — horrible facilities at that school, way too expensive for trips (you have to remember to think beyond football) and wouldn’t add much). Also, UW fans should keep in mind the very real possibility that you’d get home games with USC and/or UCLA only once every three or four should expansion go through, instead of being guaranteed one or the other every year.
— ESPN’s Ivan Maisel made mention of the different approach UW is taking to spring football in this item today. What UW is doing is spreading out spring over five weeks instead of four, going Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday (though Friday on the last week) instead of what was usually Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. UW coach Steve Sarkisian has said in the past it will allow for the team to remain fresher throughout the spring and get more solid work in rather than having to have some light days to make sure guys recover well. UW could have fewer than 10 healthy, scholarship O-linemen for the spring and could have fewer than 10 on the other side, as well (one reason it was so vital that the Huskies loaded up on linemen in recruiting).
— Maisel also quoted Sarkisian in this story on oversigning, something that could be legislated against here soon.
All for now.

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