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September 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Change of plans, Washington to start practice next week

Washington will begin practice next week. The Huskies are unsure, which day because details are still being worked out.

A week ago, coach Lorenzo Romar said he was going to start workouts Thursday. Citing a new a fairly new NCAA rule, which allows team to begin fall practice 42 days before the first game, UW was set to get going today.

However, the Huskies incorrectly used the Nov. 6 exhibition against Saint Martin’s to determine the start of practice when they should have been using the Nov. 14 season opener against South Carolina State.

The earliest Washington can begin practice is Oct. 3.

NCAA teams are allowed 30 practices during the 42-day window before the season opener. Romar had planned to practice two days the first week before giving the team a few days off. It appears as if the Huskies will make its annual fall camp trip Oct. 10-12.

Given the logistical mishap, it’s apparent Washington is in need of a director of basketball operations. The position has been vacant the past six weeks since long-time UW staffer Lance Lavetter left to join Seattle University. Romar said he’s close to making a hire.

And speaking of firsts, Wednesday was the first day of classes at Washington.

THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:

Utah players participate in Navy SEAL training exercises during Sept. 19 to 21. (Photo credit: Utah Athletics)

Utah players participate in Navy SEAL training exercises during Sept. 19 to 21. (Photo credit: Utah Athletics)

— Boxing in the spring and Navy SEAL training in the fall. Seems like Larry Krystkowiak is serious about toughening up Utah for a potential NCAA tournament run.

— Arizona forward Brandon Ashley has been medically cleared to participate in practice, which begins Oct. 5.

— Meanwhile, Oregon State guard Chai Baker has not been medically cleared since suffering a heart-related illness during a workout last month.

— After leading Stanford to its first NCAA tournament since 2008 and a surprising Sweet 16 appearance, the Cardinal rewarded Johnny Dawkins with a contract extension. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

— Nice breakdown on the difference between official and unofficial visits.

— Unofficial visits can be expensive for recruits.

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