May Day links:
- A nice read today from Larry Stone, who was was up early Wednesday to figure out what makes the UW crew team so dominant. The blue heron sounds great, too.
Since Callahan took over as head coach of the men’s team from legendary Bob Ernst in 2008, the varsity eight has won four national titles — the past three in a row — and seven consecutive Ten Eyck Trophies as the overall point winner at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.
“It’s such a great program historically; the Huskies have won the Olympics, won in cold war Russia, Henley — it’s won everything,’’ said Luke McGee, coach of the U.S. men’s national team and former Husky freshman coach. “But this recent string of success has to be up there with the best in the entire history of the program.”
McGee noted that the Huskies have swept all five grand finals at the IRAs the past two years. “That’s unheard of,’’ he said. “It’s amazing stuff.”
Though this year’s squad is in somewhat of a rebuilding mode, having graduated numerous core seniors, the Huskies are coming off a rousing victory over top-ranked California, their perennial rival, last Saturday in Berkeley. On Saturday, they will face a huge challenge against the renowned Great Britain National Team in the 28th Windermere Cup.
- Here we go again? The College Football Playoff selection committee has released its procedures for members’ voting starting this year, and Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel writes that “the end result could be far more bewildering and frustrating to teams and fans than anything the BCS computers ever spit out.”
The committee will release its first poll on Oct. 28 and each Tuesday after that for an ESPN broadct. Mandel continues: “(T)his new made-for-television poll (and that’s precisely what it is) will inevitably become a more confusing version of the old weekly BCS standings.”
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins “could make everyone look silly for passing him up” in the draft.
- USA Today ranks Georgia State — which comes to Husky Stadium on Sept. 20 — No. 125 in this countdown.
- An entertaining interview with Rick Neuheisel and his son, Jerry.
- UCLA will be featured on “The Drive” on the Pac-12 Networks this fall. You might recall that Cal and Arizona State were featured in the first season of the show last year.