We’ll start this morning with the news that the UW Board of Regents met yesterday and heard an update on the progress of Husky Stadium from athletic director Scott Woodward.
Woodward reported, as he also told the Times earlier in the week, that the school has raised $40 million of the $50 million it plans to raise privately (the rest of the $250 million will come in money generated by the stadium itself). He also reported that the school has purchased $23 million in materials, mostly structural steel and copper piping. So at the moment, all appears on course for the beginning of the renovation in November following the Nov. 5 game against Oregon, which will be the last game in the current configuration of Husky Stadium.
As Katherine Long of our staff also reported today, UW may raise tuition by as much as 20 percent next year. UW has to pay that money for every scholarship athlete, a significant hit to the pocketbook, and as Woodward noted the other day, the first place that some of that money that will eventually come from the Pac-12’s new TV deal will be spent.
IN OTHER NEWS. ….
— Mason Kelley has the news that Kasen Williams is featured in Sports Illustrated this week in the timeless “Faces in the Crowd” section.
— Jon Wilner has a good breakdown of the Pac-12 TV schedule to date (though as he notes, he doesn’t include road non-conference games that are part of the home team’s conference’s TV deal, such as UW-Nebraska, which will be televised on ABC/ESPN).
— George Schroeder of the Eugene Register-Guard says that unfortunately, the mess in college sports isn’t going away.
— Miller also has some Oregon State personnel updates via the Portland Tribune.
— ESPN’s Greg Biggins reports in an Insider piece that DT Aziz Shittu of Atwater, Calif., has UW in his top ten after recently decommitting from Stanford. He visited UW during spring ball, then committed to Stanford, then recently reopened his recruitment.
— And I just can’t resist linking this from The Onion.
All for now.