We’ll start with some sad news for the UW sporting community, as it was learned last night that George Hickman — who worked for decades in the press box at Husky Stadium and as an usher at Hec Ed — has died.
George (right in an AP photo) was a true American hero, serving as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II, which Steve Kelley eloquently wrote about a few years ago. He later worked for Boeing, as well as his side job at UW (as well as CenturyLink Field) which he continued to the time of his death.
He was also simply maybe the nicest man anyone has ever known. Since he worked in the press box, those of us in the media got to know George well — every game I covered at UW, his was among the first faces I saw, standing at the bottom of the ramp, ready to greet everyone with a ready smile and a hearty handshake. He would always tell me he had enjoyed reading everything we’d written about the team that week in the paper, often commenting about a specific story or two, and telling me to keep up the good work (which I note to make the point of the kind of positive influence George was on everyone).
Last year as the original Husky Stadium played its final season, we talked to a lot of people who worked there about their memories. All we really needed for the story was a comment or two. George took my one question and talked for probably 10 minutes, smiling all the way. It was obvious he loved the place. I imagine he probably ended up spending more time in that press box than anyone in its history, and I know he was looking forward to working in the new one. Hopefully UW will find a way to honor him there.
IN OTHER NEWS.. …
— Jake Locker has reportedly been named the starting quarterback for the Titans.
— Alameda Ta’amu had a tackle for the Steelers Sunday.
— The Los Angeles Times has a feature on UW 2013 commit Lavon Coleman, calling him the best-known player to come out of Lompoc since another Husky running back, Napoleon Kaufman.
— Is Cyler Miles a future Heisman candidate?
— Brent Musberger has re-signed with ESPN.
— Our Pac-12 preview series today focuses on Stanford.
— One-time UW signee Chris Young was among the standouts at Arizona State’s scrimmage Saturday.
— USC’s defense dominated its offense in a scrimmage Sunday.
— After its scrimmage Sunday, Stanford still appears to have a quarterback battle on its hands.
— Lots of Pac-12 links from the weekend from CBSSports.com.
— Also good stuff here from CBSSports.com — an oral history of the Pac-12 Networks.
— Here’s The Oregonian’s Pac-12 rundown.
— WSU notes and Pac-12 links from Christian Caple.
— Jon Wilner with good stuff in his latest action/reaction column.