I’ve gotten a few requests to review the spring practice dates for Washington, which seems like a good idea on a day Seattle’s about to be hit with a blizzard.
Spring practice starts March 29 and ends with the spring game April 30. UW coach Steve Sarkisian said that all will again be open to the public and media.
Here is the complete list of practice dates (times are still TBA, though weekday practices likely will begin in the afternoon and Saturday practices maybe earlier in the day):
Tuesday, March 29
Thursday, March 31
Saturday, April 2
Tuesday, April 5
Thursday, April 7
Saturday, April 9
Tuesday, April 12
Thursday, April 14
Saturday, April 16
Tuesday, April 19
Thursday, April 21
Saturday, April 23
Tuesday, April 26
Thursday, April 28
Saturday April 30 (Spring Game)
One thing to remember is schools can only hold 15 spring practices. You may hear about some teams having already begun (such as Stanford) but no matter when you start or finish, you can only have 15, so no one is getting an advantage on anyone else by starting now.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Tennessee has received its official notice of allegations of NCAA violations, some involving former coach Lane Kiffin, now at USC. However, the LA Times reported this morning that USC remains solidly behind Kiffin.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has more on the Tennessee-Kiffin news.
— Former UW president Mark Emmert, now head of the NCAA, is quoted today saying he’s not sure when a decision will come on USC’s appeal of some of its penalties.
— Draft news is going to heat up even more this week with the NFL Combine getting underway. Count SI.com’s Don Banks among those thinking that Jake Locker will still go in the first round — Banks, in fact, has him going to the Seahawks, putting him at odds with Times’ NFL writer Danny O’Neil, who says he doesn’t think that will happen. NFLDraftScout.com also has lots of stuff on the Combine.
— A columnist for the UW Daily says adding two teams will weaken all the football programs in the new Pac-12.
— ESPN.com’s Miller also looks at how explosive Pac-12 teams were in 2010, with the Huskies in the middle of the pack.
— The California Golden Blog has a different way to compute passing ratings for Pac-10 quarterbacks. It doesn’t really change Locker’s standing but does seem to indicate that Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler and Arizona’s Matt Scott played better than may have been thought.
— Miller also reviews what it means that Stanford has gotten running back Jeremy Stewart back for another year.
All for now.