A few notes and links to pass along before we head out to practice. …
— UW AD Scott Woodward was a guest on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show today talking about Friday’s decision regarding Husky Stadium (you can find the interview here).
Here are a couple of highlights:
—- Maybe the most interesting new detail Woodward added is that there is a chance they could play some games at Qwest Field near the end of the 2011 season if it’s decided that they need to begin construction sooner, either to keep expenses in line or meet the 2013 completion date. The most likely game that would be played at Qwest in that scenario, then, would be the Apple Cup, a little ironic given all the hubbub a few years ago about moving the Apple Cup there permanently.
— As noted here Friday, there won’t be any designs made public until there is final approval of the developer.
— He said that while the estimated cost at the moment is $250 million, that could vary a little based on whether anything changes between now and when the final development agreement is signed in the fall.
— Asked what happens if the project runs over cost, he said “as a department, we’ll absorb it and suck it up and have to do the tough things we do running the department.” But he also said the price will be locked in at the time of signing.
— Asked why they picked Wright Runstad, he said “what it really came down to was that it was the price and the efficiency of the design.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Jake Locker was one of 30 players named today to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List.
— SI.com has a short Q-and-A with Steve Sarkisian intriguingly dated four days from now (if they start posting game stories from the future then they’ll really have something going there).
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has an overview of the Huskies as camp begins.
More later from practice.