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April 5, 2007 at 9:07 AM

Big day today

Figures to be lots happening on Montlake today.
First, there is a press conference to kick off spring football that will include Tyrone Willingham, some of the assistants, and key players.
Then, Spencer Hawes will meet with the media to discuss his intentions for the future with all indications remaining that he will say he’s declaring, but likely without hiring an agent yet — there’s really no need to hire an agent this early in the process.
Also, Cameron Dollar may still be in the running for the Long Beach State job.
Rumors, and at least one internet story, have circulated saying that the school offered the job to UCLA assistant Kerry Keating. But word this morning is that Keating may turn the job down. Whether that means Dollar then gets the job is unclear. The two have been portrayed as the two main candidates.
Here’s an update on that a few hours ago from the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Then tonight, there is a memorial service at Edmundson Pavilion for Jessie Stair, the stepdaugher of UW announcer Bob Rondeau and an avid fan of the Husky basketball team. I wrote about that a little bit in today’s paper, but here’s some more.
Stair suffered a rare brain disease as a small child and was rendered non-verbal. She had just turned 20 two months ago, far longer than doctors expected her to live, Rondeau said, before dying March 27 of what were termed natural causes.
Rondeau said that Stair would adopt a Huskies player each year to be her favorite — including the likes of Jamie Booker, Todd MacCulloch, Thalo Green, Nate Robinson and Jon Brockman — often wearing that player’s jersey to games. She was wearing Brockman’s jersey when she died.
“We could not leave the arena until Jessie’s player came out and said hello to her,” Rondeau said. “She would just not allow that. And all of those guys were really, really great that way.”
Said UW coach Lorenzo Romar: “She always had a smile on her face.”
Rondeau recalled MacCulloch and much of his family showing up at a surprise birthday party for Jessie one year, saying “it absolutely blew her mind” that MacCulloch was there.
This year, her birthday fell on the day the Huskies beat Oregon at home. Following the game, Brockman emerged from the locker room with a big bouquet of flowers and a stuffed toy. “It brought the house down,” Rondeau said. “It was absolutely sensational.”
Rondeau said that given her love of Husky basketball, there was little doubt but to have her memorial service at Hec Ed.

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