First off, if the headline didn’t make clear, we’ll have a live chat at noon today.
Now, on to a few questions:
Q: It’s been obvious for some time that Olympia won’t help with Husky Stadium, yet we haven’t heard a peep from Scott Woodward about Plan B. Can you press him on what he’s been up to?
A: As I mentioned on one of the recent live chats, I have talked to Woodward in the past week. He said he wants to hold off on any public comment about the stadium until after the Legislative session is officially over, and until the Husky Stadium Advisory Committee then meets to decide where to go next. That committee meeting probably won’t happen until May or so. That isn’t to imply there has been no talk yet of what to do next. There’s been plenty of it. But once they know exactly what is in front of them, they’ll make some more firm decisions. But I’m not sure there’s any real magic to what Plan B is going to be. I think it’ll be the obvious — major fundraising campaign, maybe some kind of seat license, naming rights, etc. As Woodward has previously stated, one of the other aspects of this they are working on right now is bringing the cost down. While the project was initially pegged at $300 million, they are hoping they can bring it down to $250 million or so, in large part due to decreasing costs of materials and labor due to the recent economic downturn.
Q: What’s up with the secondary logo?
A: Apparently nothing. While there was talk of having a secondary logo to go along with the main logo — the block W — that has been put on hold for now, potentially permanently. Woodward said this week there is no current work being done on a secondary logo and no current plans to unveil one anytime soon. There was one that they showed briefly during a basketball game earlier this year — you can actually also see it here on the brochure for Steve Sarkisian’s football camp. (You have to scroll to the bottom to see it). But it’s apparently just something they were experimenting with and is not something they have plans to make an official logo or anything like that.
Q: On the heels of the basketball team taking its black uniforms and making them their own rally-jerseys, I hear solid rumors and rumblings that a Black Jersey and White Helmets are coming to the Husky Football ensemble next year. Can you confirm or deny?
A: This is a real popular question and my basic response is that Woodward has already publicly stated that Sarkising is looking into alternate jerseys, including a black jersey — though I’ve heard nothing of a white helmet. So it’s not a secret that an alternate uniform is a possibility at some point. But word is there is nothing official in the works at the moment, and since this would just be an alternate uniform, it’s not something they would unveil ahead of time. It’d be like the all-white uniform of last year that just showed up on game day. If you listened to Sark last year, he made it clear that one thing he likes to keep a little in-house is the uniforms — he says those are decisions of a “committee” and he was vague about who is on that committee, though it’s obviously got to include players, probably team captains and other team leaders.
Q: Drives me bonkers when a defensive player, Huskies only, has a clear shot on QB and jumps up only to have opposing QB duck under and complete pass. Why not put him on his backside? What do the coaches tell the player to do?
A: No offense, but I’m sure they tell him what you’d expect — to tackle him. Doubt Nick Holt is telling his guys not to sack the quarterback — frankly not even going to bother asking. But it’s a game of fast reaction, and if a defensive player thinks the QB is about to throw the ball and he can’t get there in time to tackle him, they are taught to raise their hands and try to knock the pass down — incompletions are good, too. As with everything in sports, some players simply do some things better than others. I’m sure Dean Smith told whoever was the last guy on the bench at North Carolina in the early 1980s all the same stuff he told Michael Jordan. But Jordan obviously just did it better.
All for now.