University of Washington’s graduation ceremonies will be held Saturday, and the school has released the list of 18 players who will be participating.
The list includes some players with no more eligibility, such as Jake Locker, and a few others with eligibility left, such as Chris Polk. As CoachSark’s site mentions in the list, players can walk if they are close enough that they will graduate in the fall. This is almost certainly the case for players who will be returning for another season, that they will finish up in the fall. And obviously in the case of Polk, who will be a junior in terms of eligibility in 2011, it’s one more reason to think he’s gone after the 2011 season and headed to the NFL.
This list indicates that UW figures to again fare well when the NCAA releases its next Graduation Success Rate report. UW was second among all Pac-10 football programs in the GSR last y ear.
Here’s info on the ceremony, which will be held at Husky Stadium — the last in Husky Stadium as students know it as it will undergo a renovation beginning in November.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Remember, the Times is hosting a live chat today with Ron Crockett, who is the president of Emerald Downs in Auburn but also a major UW booster. He’ll be happy to answer questions about each topic.
— I missed this yesterday, but former SMU teammates Eric Dickerson and Craig James have teamed up on a new award, the Pony Express Award, honoring the best teammate tandem in college football. Among the tandems on the Watch List are UW’s Polk and Jermaine Kearse as well as Cort Dennison and Alameda Ta’amu.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller breaks down the numbers for returning offensive line starts for each Pac-12 team, with UW in the middle of the pack.
— Here’s a recap of a radio interview with Tennessee coach Mike Munchak that includes some thoughts on Jake Locker.
— A few former Husky players from the early ’90s are hosting a football camp at UW this summer.
— Pre-Snap Read attempts to figure out how WSU can get five wins this season.
— Good read on new Utah OC Norm Chow from Rivals.com.
All for now.