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June 24, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Thursday p.m. links — naming rights, QBs and more

One way that UW hopes to help fund the renovation of Husky Stadium is through naming rights.
That means selling the naming rights of at least the field, if not the entire stadium (meaning Fill-in-the-Blank Field at Husky Stadium, as was done with Hec Ed).
So I found it interesting this afternoon to read that Arkansas has sold the naming rights of its field to AT&T for $1.8 million over 10 years.
Not sure exactly how to compare situations in something like this, but Arkansas seems pretty similar to UW in a lot of ways, as a large state institution with a football program that has a large and devoted fan base.
Assume UW were to get a similar deal — it would be a decent pool of money but obviously not game-changing in a project that will likely be in the $200 million range. Maybe UW can get a little more, but given the challenging economic times, and that naming rights deals were said to already be decreasing, this may indicate that selling naming rights won’t be quite the problem-solver some may have expected.
(UPDATE –— As some of you were quick to point out, Arkansas has two home fields and this is the one in Little Rock where it plays two games a year. Not sure, I guess, how that would change the dynamic of this agreement or not, but I should have noted that when I first posted this).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins, in his Insider blog, has an update on some of the top QB prospects on the West Coast and UW appears to be doing well with several of them, including Brett Hundley of Chandler, Ariz., who took an unofficial visit to UW earlier this week. Biggins says there is speculation that Hundley, also seriously considering UCLA and Oregon, could be close to making a decision.
A Hundley decision could set off a domino effect that would result in a few other QBs then making their decisions. Biggins also says that UW is in the running for Marcus Mariota of famed St. Louis High in Honolulu (maybe most noteworthy recent QB to come out of there is WSU’s Jason Gesser) and Chad Jeffries of Glendora, Calif.
Biggins also writes that USC commit Max Wittek appears to be wavering a bit in the wake of the sanctions and that the two schools mentioned most prominently as options are UCLA and UW.
UW will obviously sign at least one QB this year with Jake Locker graduating, and could try to get two. The Huskies don’t have any so far for the Class of 2011.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has an interesting post on USC’s contention that there are some “factual errors” in the NCAA investigation that resulted in sanctions against the school. USC has said it will appeal, and in the appeal process penalties are stayed, meaning that depending on how this unfolds the Trojans could theoretically again emerge as eligible for the Pac-10 title this season.
— Lots of good stuff in the latest mailbag from Stewart Mandel of SI.com. I’ve linked page three, where he discusses the BYU QB situation, but the other two pages have lots of interesting info on expansion-related issues.
All for now.

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