I’m continuing my run down here in Arizona helping cover spring training for a few days.
My story for today’s paper, however, may have a little crossover interest as I wrote about Matt Tuiasosopo and the crossroads year he appears to be facing in his Mariner career.
Matt Tuiasosopo, I’m sure everyone remembers, signed with UW in 2004 before being drafted by the Mariners and deciding to play baseball, instead. He is the youngest of the three Tuiasosopo brothers that are sons of Manu Tuiasosopo.
Older brother Marques Tuiasosopo was on the UW staff the last two years as an assistant strength coach before leaving recently to take a new position at UCLA. That job has not been announced yet — it could be as a graduate assistant or an intern — but he will coach quarterbacks, which apparently was the key part of it (in his role at UW, he couldn’t do on-field coaching though he could chart plays and handle administrative duties). Sounds as if he has already started at UCLA, as well.
“He gets to do what he loves, coaching quarterbacks, which is his passion and what he loves,” said Matt Tuiasosopo. “They (UW) just didn’t have any openings, so he had to do what he had to do. I’m pumped for him.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Some of you have asked about Twitter and message board reports that UW has raised $36 million toward the $50 million it needs for the renovation of Husky Stadium. My understanding is that is in committed funds, not cash in hand, and that’s one reason you are not hearing real public statements from the school on this. Their general stance is that the fund raising is going well and that they have committed money more than two-thirds to the goal seems to indicate that. However, the work is not over until the money is in hand, obviously.
— ESPN.com has an interview with Jake Locker talking mostly about his candidacy to be on the cover of the EA Sports 2012 football video game but touching on some other topics, as well.
— Interesting news out of the Bay Area today on an “easy class list” for athletes that apparently has just been discontinued.
— Here’s a Q-and-A with Dennis Erickson on the eve of Arizona State’s spring practice.
— The Utah student paper examines the Utes’ tenuous QB situation.
All for now.