Lots of fun topics in this one, so let’s get to it. …
Q: Where will the refs be from for the BYU game? I believe UW has a good chance vs. BYU but if they lose it will largely be for one reason. That is the refs. If they are from the MWC (likely) we are doomed. The Dawgs are very likely to get homered and will have to be dominant to overcome it. Call me paranoid but I expect a few questionable calls/non-calls at key moments during the game to go against the Dawgs ala ND last season.
A: Well, one thing to remember is that it was Pac-10 refs on the field for the Notre Dame game last season so anything that happened on the field can’t be said to have been UW being homered (there were Big East officials in the replay booth if that is your issue with that one).
As for the BYU game, the on-field crew will be from the Mountain West Conference. That’s because this is the second-game of the contract that began with BYU coming to UW in 2008 and that game was worked by Pac-10 officials. As I’m sure you all remember, that’s the one ended with the celebration penalty on Jake Locker (the picture to the right is of Locker celebrating on that play with Devin Aguilar just after tossing the ball in the air — the ball isn’t in the picture as it was circling the moon at that moment).
Anyway, it has been common Pac-10 practice that it uses its own refs for home non-conference games, and the refs of the other conference for road games (the Notre Dame game last year was an exception to that). That is something it has done largely for money reasons and something it is thinking of changing — most other conferences do it the other way around, the thinking being it may be more fair to have your own refs on the road to help even out the home-road issues.
But even if the Pac-10 alters that policy, that wouldn’t change this game. My advice, however, is not to worry so much about the refs but if UW can get a running game going to keep BYU’s offense off the field. Get Chris Polk 100-plus yards and I don’t think the refs will matter.
Q: When will the first summer practice be?
A: Do you mean the first practice of fall camp? If so, that will be Monday, Aug. 9. The team will report on Sunday, Aug. 8. If you mean the informal, voluntary workouts the team holds, that will be when summer school starts in June. There will be pretty close to daily conditioning sessions during that time. As for “practices,” the players will hit the field twice a week for seven-on-sevens and those sorts of things. The coaches want to keep the players as fresh as possible and they aren’t encouraging them to do much more than that (the coaches can’t be present at those workouts and they are technically voluntary).
Q: I was reading in the Arizona paper this morning about several more games added to television for ASU and U of A. Can you give us an update for Husky football on TV?
A: I did do that the other day but will do so again. So far, there are just four UW games that have been selected, but I fully expect that every game will eventually be picked up for live TV. Some more selections will come in early June, and those not picked up then will likely become games that won’t be picked until the season.
The games that so far have been picked up for TV are:
— Sept. 4 at BYU, 4 p.m. on CBS College Sports;
— Sept. 18 vs. Nebraska, 12;30 p.m. on ABC;
— Oct. 2 at USC, 5 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2;
— Nov. 18 vs. UCLA, on ESPN.
Again, more picks will come in early June (if not before) and a few will likely wait until into the season.
May 14, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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