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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 23, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Tuesday afternoon notes — Conference calls, and more

The second-to-last Pac-10 football coaches conference call of the year is completed — as if the weather itself isn’t sad proof that football season is just about over.
So a few notes from that, as well as a few other items to pass along. …
— UW coach Steve Sarkisian gave this explanation for why Washington’s practice was moved up today to 2 p.m. “The University canceled all classes today and I just didn’t feel like I wanted our guys sitting around all day with kind of nothing to do. So we bumped it up a couple of hours to take advantage of their free time and then get them out of here a little earlier.”
— UW will practice indoors today but worked in the snow yesterday, something Sarkisian never had to do at USC. He recalled the last time he had a practice of any kind in the snow was during his CFL playing days in Saskatchewan. “I remember because we had this old-school turf field and it had snowed so hard that we went out in cleats,” he said.
— Sarkisian also talked about the improvement he has seen of late from cornerback Quinton Richardson, whom coaches are calling one of the most improved players on the team. “He’s playing much more physical,” Sarkisian said. “Not only at the line of scrimmage in jamming receivers but also when he’s getting opportunities to tackle and not only wide outs (but running backs).” He also said that Richardson is playing the ball better in pass coverage and simply is “getting his hands on more balls.” Richardson leads UW with six pass breakups.
— Cal coach Jeff Tedford, meanwhile, heaped praise on the Huskies and the job Sarkisian has done in the past two years. “They’ve done a great job,” Tedford said. “Steve has really created a lot of buzz there, a lot of enthusiasm. They are very well-coached in all phases of the game and the players play very hard and again I think that Steve has just done a great job, and it’s only going to get better. But right now they are a tough football team and he’s got them playing very well.”
— Tedford also said he didn’t think his team would have any problem getting up for Saturday’s game, saying that navigating the ups-and-downs of the season is “part of the game. It’s difficult, obviously, but this conference is so competitive and it’s a long season and injuries, ups and downs, you go through just about everyting. But the conference is just so competitive and you have to bring your “A” game each and every week if you are going to be successful. If you make mistakes, turn the ball over and have penalties and don’t take advantage of field position, you are probably not going to be successful.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The Blog Down to Washington blog has some thoughts from Jake Locker on what it means to be a Husky.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has a good selection of Pac-10 links, including a rumor of Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh maybe being linked to the 49ers.
— Among those links is this from UCLA, where Rick Neuheisel says he won’t commit to Norm Chow being the team’s offensive coordinator next season.
—- Also included in those links, an explanation of the ticket and financial ramifications of WSU’s move of its game with Oregon State next year to Qwest Field.
— The Sports Xchange, via Scout.com, has a good preview of the game from a Cal perspective.
All for now.

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