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June 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Thursday links — ESPN examines how Huskies co-exist with Seahawks

ESPN is examining all week how different colleges in NFL markets manage to surivive alongside the pro franchise in town and today features Washington.

The piece states a couple reasons UW has been able to share the market well with the Seahawks — UW has a far longer history, it has usually been successful and it has a large alumni base nearby.

Still, from talking to people who were there at the time, I know there was a concern in the mid-70s when the Seahawks arrived over how the addition of a pro team would impact the Huskies, who for decades were the only real football show in town.

UW’s attendance had fallen below an average of 35,000 when the Seahawks arrived in 1976, one reason many consider the 1977 season and 1978 Rose Bowl title maybe the most pivotal in school history for getting Washington back on the college football map. That season started a string of success that helped the Huskies more easily share the landscape with the Seahawks.

Nowadays, the general feeling is that there isn’t a lot of crossover between those who attend UW games in person and Seahawks games, that it’s a little different crowd. And with Seattle having grown as it has, there is more than enough to go around for all the major teams — as long as they’re giving the fans a reason to come out to the stadium.

IN OTHER NEWS. ….

Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse and Alameda Ta’amu have all been named to Lindy’s pre-season All-Pac-12 team. I’ll have a further breakdown of what Lindy’s has to say about UW and the conference later.

— The Sporting News with a brief update of UW’s recruiting.

— Polk mentioned in this list of the top running backs in college football.

— The Locksmith picks UW third in the Pac-12 North and says don’t be surprised if the Huskies don’t fall off much without Jake Locker.

— The Oregonian looks at the history of the Pac-10/12 and playing on Friday nights.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller with some thoughts on the troubles of Oregon’s Cliff Harris. His blog also serves up some conference links.

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