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March 17, 2010 at 1:33 PM

March answers, volume four

Questions answered while wondering where Winthrop goes from here. …
Q: Regarding scheduling, I realize that things being what they are these days, we are stuck with playing the Eastern’s, Portland State’s etc. But in order to keep that ABC scenario going, I wonder if there has been any talk of some sort of consistent OOC series with another top conference, similar to how Pac 10 hoops has the deal with the Big 12 conference?
A: No. That would be way too complicated to try to do that in college football, where schedules are often made years in advance and teams only have 3-4 openings in the first place, and some fewer than that if you take into account long-standing relationships — such as USC-Notre Dame, which means the Trojans really only have two games each year to schedule. Basketball affords a much greater opportunity to do that since there are a lot more slots for games available. But even then, I know some of the schools have to do some juggling to make it work. I just don’t see something like that ever happening in football.
Q: With all the new commits (signings), we were over our 85 scholarships. Now that we have had some attrition, how much closer are we to getting to that number.
A: I have the Huskies with 60 scholarship players returning from last season (including walk-ons Greg Christine and Brandon Huppert, neither of whom is guaranteed to remain on scholarship for next year, as far as I know). With 30 signees coming in, UW still theoretically has some work to do to make it all fit. But I expect a couple of the 2010 signees to delay enrollment (including John Timu, who has already said he will). So that would put UW just a couple over, and every program loses a few guys over the spring and summer — or doesn’t get every guy who signes into school (UW has a couple of question marks there, notably Chris Young). So it shouldn’t be a huge issue.
Q: Why do they sell beer outside the stadium, but not inside it? Seems like they are leaving millions of dollars on the table by not having beer on tap.
A: Not sure it it would be millions. Still a pretty big expense involved there, I think. They could do it — there’s no law against it or anything. But the trend in college football of late has actually been away from selling beer in stadiums to try to keep the atmosphere as collegiate as possible and not quite the WWF-atmosphere that most NFL games are turning into anymore. I think most of them think there’s enough alcohol consumption going on pre-game that they don’t need it during the game — and UW did try to cash in on the pre-game fun this year with the introduction of The Zone.
Q: What do you think Jake Locker’s chances are to win the Heisman? And do you think Kellen Moore will be in the top three in the race?
A: I think Locker’s chances are as good as any player at UW in 10 years or so, since Marques Tuiasosopo. He has the needed name recognition now, and with games like BYU, Nebraska and USC in the first month of the season, more than enough high-profile games to get on the radar early. He just has to play well and the Huskies need to win some games — at least eight or so, I think, to really be in the picture. As for Moore, same thing. He has a lot more name recognition now and with games against Virginia Tech and Oregon State early, he likewise will have some high-profile opportunities. Play well and win those, and he’ll be right there in the mix. Impossible to say if he’ll be in the top three without knowing how he does.
All for now.



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