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August 22, 2010 at 10:47 AM

How’d the Huskies hit bottom? Another new Husky? And a few other notes

Well, I know rehashing what’s happened to UW football the last 15 years or so may not be what you want to read right about now.
But that’s what I wrote today as part of a larger Seattle Times series on what has happened to the three major sports teams in the city — UW football, Mariners and Seahawks — that have all fallen on hard times in recent years.
Here’s the main story, as well as a timeline and a list of key factors.
Also part of this package is this column from Jerry Brewer.
I’ve already gotten e-mails from some people telling me I’m wrong about various conclusions in the story. Much of that is a matter of opinion — I’ve talked to all kinds of people who have all kinds of theories on who is most to blame. In 50 inches of copy, you can only mention so much and I tried to hit the what seemed the most salient points. But such articles are also meant to spur conversation — obviously, not everybody sees all of this the same way, and you could write a book on the history of all of this and probably not hit everything. So feel free to disagree — that’s what the commments sections are all about.
However, there is one fact that should be clarified — UW has been to the third-most bowls of any Pac-10 school, and tied for third-most Rose Bowls of any school, but has been to the second-most Rose Bowls of any Pac-10 school, behind only USC. (And that should be fixed in the story by now).
Anyway, part of the story was also to recognize that the “bottoming out” may be over for UW, and this seemed an appropriate time to try to look at how it got to this point in the first place.
ANOTHER NEW HUSKY? — Appears that way as there are multiple reports that the Huskies have received a commitment from lineman Siosifa Tufunga of Long Beach Jordan. He seems like a pretty under-the-radar player and the recruiting sites don’t have a lot on him (here’s his Scout.com profile).
I can’t find a ton on him, either, but here’s a recent story by noted college sports reporter Frank Burlison quoting his coach as saying that Tufunga could be on the verge of a sensational senior season and that “no one could handle him” at the B2G camp in Thousand Oaks over the summer. Here’s an explainer of that camp.
Tufunga is the 16th known commit for UW’s Class of 2010.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here’s a report on BYU’s scrimmage Saturday. Most notably, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall called the QB race to still be “dead even.” You’ll also note BYU held out nine first-stringers to keep fresh/avoid injury, same as UW is doing with a few guys, and had a handful more out due to minor injuries. It’s simply that time of year that not everybody participates in every practice with a 12/13-game season just two weeks on the horizon.
— Syracuse, UW’s second opponent of 2010, also had a scrimmage yesterday. Here’s
a report.
— CoachSark’s site reports that the Huskies went to the movies last night and notes also that the team has the day off.
— The Associated Press lists Jake Locker among its six favorites for the Heisman.
Bud Withers concludes his Pac-10 previews with a look at Oregon State.
Vince Grippi has all the relevant Pac-10 news linked here. Worth highlighting are this LA Times interview with Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott and the news that UCLA has lost starting center Kai Maiava for the season to a broken ankle, leaving an already thin offensive line that much thinner.
All for now.

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