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November 30, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Ticket update and conference call notes

As the headline says, here’s an Apple Cup ticket update as well as a few notes from the Pac-10 Coaches Conference Call today. …
— First, tickets. The WSU sports information department reports today that there is a total of just under 5,900 remaining for the game. UW, meanwhile, reports that it has about 400 left to sell and that it is “likely” it will send some of the unsold tickets back to WSU by the end of the day. UW sold out its student allotment of 800. UW’s total Apple Cup tickets sold through its office was 2,573 at the beginning of the day. That’s down from the last two Apple Cups as UW sold 3,431 in 2008 and 3,146 in 2006 (meaning that yes, somewhat oddly, the 0-12 season of 2008 figures to have been the highest-selling of the last three Apple Cups through the UW ticket office).
— As for the conference call, no real news from either WSU coach Paul Wulff or UW coach Steve Sarkisian. Wulff said he doesn’t anticipate WSU getting any players back who have missed previous games and Sarkisian also did not have any personnel updates (not that there was anything to really update from last night).
— Both coaches were asked about the weather and each downplayed it as a real factor. Wulff noted that the field can be easily cleared and that the FieldTurf surface that everyone know has provides much better footing. So unless it snows during the game he didn’t see it being a real issue.
— Wulff was asked a few questions about his future and he reiterated past statements that he thinks WSU is on the right track and that “this is a bowl quality team heading into next year and from where we started a little less than three years ago, I think we have come a long, long ways. You compare the body of work on the field this year from last year and I don’t know that a team has improved more than us in the Pac-10, so I feel confident in that.”
— But he didn’t answer directly when asked if he thinks he will be back next year. “I just feel like we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress and I think that speaks volumes on the facts of what have gone on, and that’s all I can say,” he said.
— Asked about having three weeks to prepare for the game, he said he’s “not sure” how that will impact his team. “I’ve never had that experience of having three weeks between the last and next game for our players and the opponent not being in the same situation. The concern always coming off a bye is the ability to be sharp and crisp and execute at the pace you want to execute, and that’s a true concern and that is our challenge. Will our bodies feel fresher than they normally would? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean we are going to come out and execute at the clip we all want, so that’s our challenge.”
— Sarkisian was asked what it’s been like to coach Jake Locker and said that one of the main things it has donen is making UW “a much more multiple offense” than just the pro set that Sarkisian ran at USC since they wanted to add plays to incoporate Locker’s running.
— Asked what has led to some Locker’s struggles this season, he said that “I don’t think we played great as an offense this year, in reality. Obviously the quarterback gets a lot of the attention of that. I didn’t think we were very good up front htis year, which is where it starts. When you aren’t pass protecting the way you need it’s hard to get in the rhythm in the passing game.” He said that “through it all, when NFL scouts really evaluate Jake Locker, they will look at the throws he makes under distress that make him the special player that he is.”
— He was asked how UW got up off the mat after falling to 3-6 and said the one thing this team has had since the day he got here is resiliency. “We’ve had some real highs and some real low lows, but at the end of the day when we come back to work the following week they come to work. … we’ve continally improved.”
— He said the two WSU defensive players who stand out the most are defensive end Travis Long and true freshman safety Deone Bucannon. “Those are the two guys that really jump out at me,” he said.
— And he repeated what he said Monday that there will be no talk of a bowl game this week. “The focus is on the Apple Cup, in all reality, and playing our rivals and how much this game means to the state. I don’t want our seniors or the rest of our players to miss this experience of playing in the Apple Cup because this is going to be a memory of a lifetime for them.”

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