Here we go with another set of questions and answers. …
Q: When will the UW coaching clinic be held?
A: We’ll start out with an easy one, that has an easy answer, as UW announced the dates for the spring coaches clinics, as well as some camps, earlier this week. Here’s the link. The spring coaches clinic is April 13-14, which is basically halfway through spring ball, which starts April 2 and concludes with the Spring Game April 28.
UW also officially announced today that its Pro Day will be March 8 (which had already been announced elsewhere, so no change, just the official announcement from the school today, as well).
Q: Doesn’t getting rid of Nick Holt mean that without a doubt the defense will be better next year?
A: That’s obviously the hope. Steve Sarkisian didn’t make the tough emotional move to fire three coaches and hire three new ones — and the school the financial commitment that all of it entailed, as well — to stay the same or go backwards. Was everything Holt’s fault? Of course not. But as Sarkisian said, it simply wasn’t working. And in sports, when something isn’t working, you generally start at the top to try to fix it.
In defending Holt a few times during the season, Sarkisian pointed to the overall youth of the team, and the specific youth at a few key areas on defense (specifically, the two OLB spots) as a reason for hope for the future. Now the hope will be that new coaches (remember, it’s not just the coordinator spot that has changed but every single position coach on defense) coupled with emerging talent will result in improvement on the defense in 2012. Certainly, the numbers suggest it can’t really get worse.
Q: Are there any new players expected to be added to the roster this off-season the way Josh Shirley was two years ago?
A: There are no rumblings of anything like that at the moment, and UW appears to not really have much (if any) room to add someone under the 85-player scholarship limit. But you never know what may happen, as was the case with Shirley.
Situations such as that are never planned — and recall that the back story to that one was that UW had heavily recruited Shirley so when he became available, Washington was kind of the next logical place for him to land. But again, as of now there have been no rumors of anything like that.
Q: Will Shaquille Thompson also play baseball at UW?
A: Doesn’t sound like it. His baseball goals are pretty much confined solely to getting drafted and playing professionally during the time he is playing football at UW. He said last month he plans to play high school baseball this spring with an eye toward getting drafted in June — the Toronto Blue Jays have apparently shown a lot of interest. He didn’t indicate he wanted to play college baseball.
Q: When will the NCAA release their allegations agreement as to the facts on the Oregon football case?
A: Potentially anyday now, but no one knows for sure.
There have been several pretty detailed updates on the Oregon situation in the last few days that pretty much tell what there is to know at the moment. I’ll pass along two — this overview from ESPN.com’s Ted Miller of the release of documents in the case on Friday that includes lots of suitable links, and this from CBSSports.com speculating that the school and the NCAA may be headed to summary disposition.