The blog is back after a few days off over the weekend, and I’ll start with a link to a story that I wrote today attempting to clear up the ticket situation for the Apple Cup.
I’ll pretty much leave the details to the linked story, but a couple stand out:
— This will be a one-time deal, having First & Goal handle game management and pricing;
— UW will get a guarantee of $2.4 million, which combined with the apparent $3 million in savings in getting an early start on construction by moving the game to Qwest makes this a hard-to-argue financial windfall for the Huskies;
— The top price of $97 may seem like a lot, but as noted in the story, there were actually at least two other Pac-10 games that had higher top-end tickets last year.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— With a few last recruits nationally making their decisions, ESPN.com has revised its Class of 2011 rankings and has UW at No. 24 overall and fifth among Pac-10 schools behind USC, Oregon, Cal and Stanford.
— The two draft analysts at CBSSports.com, including Rob Rang, have updated their mock drafts, and neither has Jake Locker going in the first round.
— Locker is among those prospective draftees now preparing for the NFL Combine next week. But a looming question is whether the Combine could be boycotted.
— Here’s a look at Pac-12 recruiting from a Fantasy Football perspective.
— Pretty interesting stuff in the Austin American-Statesman over the weekend on what went wrong with Texas in 2010. One point that stood out is that Texas’ strategy of locking up almost its entire recruiting class before any played their senior season of high school may be backfiring. A lot of schools seem to be copying that trend, and it sometimes appears as if fans begin to panic if their school doesn’t have a bunch of commits by August or so. This story indicates that there may be some merits to patience.
— In case you’ve forgotten that today is Valentine’s Day, just go to ESPN.com where they are unearthing every possible tie-in. The college football bloggers on that site are following suit and Ted Miller has his list of Pac-10 Heartbreakers in 2010, a couple mentioning UW (though on the happy side for Husky fans).
— Miller also includes Polk among his Pac-12 valentines.
— And Miller also has this from Pac-10 fans on what they love about their teams.
— Former Huskies Ben Ossai and Brandon Leyritz are on the roster of the Spokane Shock of the AFL, which opens its 2011 season next month (and HT to a reader for the note). And in a quick perusal of a few other rosters, noted that Juan Garcia is with the Arizona Rattlers; and Chris Hemphill and Caesar Rayford are on the roster of the Utah Blaze. Eddie Jackson, who was also a Husky for a year before transferring to West Virginia, is also on the Blaze roster. (There are other indoor leagues out there, as well, that may include former Huskies but this is just what I found from the Arena Football League).
I’ll have more later today, including the beginning of the pre-spring position outlook series.