Okay, ready to embark on the first batch. …
Q: To your knowledge, have any of the assistant coaches even been approached by another school for filling a job opening? Does UW coach Steve Sarkisian or athletic director Scott Woodward (or both) have to be asked and then grant permission for another school to interview an existing staff member?
A: To answer the first, yes, definitely assistants on the staff have had some opportunities the last few years. But UW has been aggressive about trying to keep the staff intact, giving all raises and/or new multi-year contracts — every assistant is under contract through at least the 2012 season. So the staff will stay intact for a third straight year in 2011, which I doubt has happened at UW for a long, long time (last year was the first time a staff had returned intact for a second straight year in 1990). But as those in the business will tell you, it’s unrealistic to keep a staff intact in college football for too long — if a team does well, assistants have opportunities for advancement (and obviously if it doesn’t, then change comes for other reasons).
As for needing permission, there is nothing in the contracts that demands that permission has to be sought or granted before assistants talk to possible suitors. There’s long been kind of an honor code that an AD of another school will ask the AD before talking to a head coach. But as most ADs will tell you, by the point that happens, usually the coach in question is out the door. As for assistants, I think most would usually tell their head coach if they have a job offer they are considering. But there’s no real written protocol.
Q: This seems like a lot of money to keep a college baseball team going (reader referring to this story on the Cal baseball team). What are the UW budgets for the non-revenue producting athletic teams?
A: The best way to give that answer is just to provide the link to the breakdown of UW’s athletic department budget on the Department of Education website. As you can see, UW allocated roughly $41 million to specific sports in 2009-10, with football at roughly $19 million — for men’s sports, basically $25 million went to football and basketball and $5.7 million to every other men’s sport combined.
Q: Since the players 40 times were supposedly measured in May, can we get that info? Also, the max lift/squat weights? Obviously football is about speed and power and I am sure everyone would be interested in seeing who our fastest and strongest players are. Caveat, unless this info is considered “classified” by the coaching
A: This is a common request and information I know a certain segment of readers really desire. The answer, though, is that UW is not going to release an entire list of who ran what or lifted what — I’ve never really seen a school do that and UW has never done that and probably won’t start now. But usually the coaches or others will make public what some of the better performances were as the off-season and fall camp progresses. If/when I get that info I will pass it along.
Q: Finals are now over. Do the kids have any time off to go home, or are they expected to continue working out on their own until fall camp starts in August?
A: With school having concluded last week, this is one of the rare times in the year when players have some time off. The first session of summer school at UW begins June 20 (a week from today) and many, if not most/all, will return then. At that time, they can participate in organized conditioning drills as well as informal workouts on their own. They will typically do the latter two times a week. Freshmen will enroll for the LEAP program on July 6 and join the veterans at that time (and any can take part in the informal voluntary sessions whenever they want if they are around). Summer school lasts until July 20 and the players will have another week or so off following that before fall camp begins, which will likely begin sometime around Aug. 8 or so, though no set date has yet been set. There’s really not that much time when they are on their own. But when they are, they are expected to do what they can to not get out of shape.