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December 21, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Wednesday links and notes — Ticket update, and more

In the midst of finishing the 2011 season and preparing for the Alamo Bowl, the Huskies also recently began selling season tickets for the 2012 season at CenturyLink Field.

The school reports it is at 38,000 desposits, which it says is 90 percent of last year’s total of about 42,000 (and doesn’t include student renewals, which are sold later).

CenturyLink Field seats roughly 68,000 for football, so there will be plenty of tickets available for games next year. Ted Miller detailed the Pac-12 attendance totals for this season yesterday. As you can see, UW was second to USC at 62,531, down from the 2010 total of 66,264, but still good enough for 24th in the country.

I wrote about some of the reasons for the slight downturn entering the 2011 season. The 2012 season has the added uncertainity of CenturyLink Field.

There’s no doubt UW has an unquestioned core of fans it can depend on in good times and bad. But truly filling the stadium game-in and game-out again — as it did during that famous 27-season non-losing streak — is obviously going to require a bit more than just winning seven games.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Today is the beginning of a special period for signing junior college players who plan to enroll early. But it doesn’t sound as if UW will sign anyone now as its only JC commitment — Josh Banks — indicated he will sign during the regular period, which begins Feb. 1.

Bud Withers of our staff is hosting a live chat on the bowls today at noon.

Norm Chow is expected to be named the head coach at Hawaii, and that will mean a renunion of Chow and Steve Sarkisian when UW travels to open the 2014 season at Hawaii. Sarkisian was one of Chow’s prized pupils during his time as an offensive coordinator at BYU, and Sarkisian a star QB there in 1995-96. And Chow later helped Sarkisian get his start in coaching. But the two also had a bit of a falling out when Sarkisian returned to USC in 2005 and apparently have not really mended those fences (I detailed all of that in this 2008 story).

— Opposing views offers this podcast preview of the Alamo Bowl.

— Northwest Sports Beat breaks down the Alamo Bowl.

— SportsBettingStats.com says to take Baylor.

— Miller also notes that Pac-12 teams really do get penalized more than most everyone else in the nation.

— Some interesting stuff here from someone who doesn’t like bowl games.

— Some interesting details in the contract for new Arizona State coach Todd Graham.

— A study found that the more Oregon wins, the worse the grades get for male students at UO (so just another reason for UW to break that streak). An Oregon student (actually, the president of the Pit Crew fires back at that study.

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