We in the local media will get our first tour of a completed Husky Stadium in a few weeks, and all indications are the $261 million rebuild is first-rate in every way.
In the ever-expanding college football arms race, Oregon today unveiled the first photos its new football operations center. The total cost is reportedly about $68 million for the 130,000-square-foot, six-story building, funded by Nike’s Phil Knight. As you’d expect from Oregon, it’s flashy in every way.
Interesting note: One of the new practices fields visible outside UO coach Mark Helfrich’s office is named after the Wilcox family. UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, his brother, Josh, and their dad, Dave, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, all played at Oregon.
– Elsewhere, Bellevue High defensive end Shane Bowman has committed to Oregon State, per 247sports.com. He also had offers from Idaho, Nevada and Montana State.
– UCLA got a big boost Tuesday when defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, who signed with Notre Dame in February, won his appeal with the National Letter of Intent Steering Board was declared eligible to play for the Bruins this season.
– UW’s defensive line is in “good shape,” according to the guys at the ESPN Pac-12 blog.
– If you missed it, here’s a roundup of UW news from last night, leading with the dismissal of former blue-chip recruit Pio Vatuvei.