Good stuff from Larry Stone after our two-hour tour of Husky Stadium on Wednesday afternoon:
In the never-ending arms race that now drives college football, there seems to be an insatiable desire to turn all these proliferating new facilities into pleasure palaces of Roman Empire-style excess.
But enough about the University of Oregon. The Huskies wisely backed off from the inclination to try to out-Phil Knight Phil Knight — a decision that may have been borne of financial reality as much as philosophy. They stuck to the sufficiently noble goal of turning out a facility that, in the words of athletic director Scott Woodward, “fits who we are as far as the University of Washington and the Northwest and our sensibilities.”
And that doesn’t seem to have required Brazilian wood, Ferrari leather, or rugs imported from Nepal.
“Something is going to have to give,’’ said Woodward, talking about the nationwide explosion of ever-more-grandiose football facilities, a trend that has hit the Pac-12 with a vengeance.
“It gets to the point of being obscene, and that’s what we didn’t want to be. We wanted to be good, but not obscene.”
Here’s another, longer video I put together out of the tour. Apologies for the low production value:
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A few links:
— My story for today’s paper on UW’s backup running backs, notably Deontae Cooper and Jessie Callier as they make their way back from knee injuries. Cooper promises to look good Saturday night. Can — and will — he play as good as he looks?
— Young safety Darian Thompson took his opportunity and ran with it for Boise State last season. Now, he’s one of the Broncos’ most important players.
— The Broncos will “hunt” as a pack to try slow down Bishop Sankey.
— But the ESPN Pac-12 bloggers both like the Huskies in Saturday’s matchup. (Note: I will post my predictions on Friday.)
— Austin Seferian-Jenkins is No. 16 on this list of 2014 NFL prospects.
— Cyler Miles makes this list of “breakout” candidates this season. That’s a bit puzzling to me, frankly. Miles has great upside, no doubt, but if he plays this season it’s because something has gone terribly wrong for UW.