That's it. Smoke 'em while you dot 'em.
- Today is the last practice of Spring Camp for the Washington Huskies. It will culminate with a 4pm practice that includes four situational scrimmage events interspersed with normal practice drills. As Dybas points out, much of the change in format of the Spring Game revolves around two needs: the need to keep dinged up players healthy and the need to keep the changes in UW's playbook off of the PAC12 Network (which will be broadcasting the event) and out of the hands of opposing coaches. Despite all the cloak-and-dagger secrecy, the UW Coaches are finding new ways to have some fun as the spring comes to an end. Recently, they had the players swap sides of the ball so that WRs could exact some revenge on CBs who like to grab and hold and that OLs could have a chance to hit someone instead of protect someone. I wonder if this means that John Timu got some reps at QB?
- We'll be doing lots of post-spring stuff around the blog, so there is no reason to stuff it all in one set of Dots. However, there are a few links worth perusing related to some of the more notable storylines including the integration of the new coaches on the staff. One of them is named Marques Tuiasosopo, and he's back.
- Another is Jordan "Kung" Paopao and he was mic'd up over at Coach Sark's site.
- One returning coach that is getting a lot of attention is our Defensive Coordinator, Justin Wilcox. After speculation during the offseason about where he would land as a head coach, Justin is back to build on the huge momentum that his unit established last year. The Pac 12 / Stanford blog over at ESPN ponders the question as to how far Wilcox can take the Huskies as they eye the next step. Ted Miller wrote it, so the Stanford homerism is kept to a minimum.
- Still lots of attention being paid to the Desmond Trufant in the sports media as everyone prepares for the NFL Draft in a few weeks. What isn't getting paid as much attention to is the fight to replace Desmond as a starting CB for your Washington Huskies. Is Greg Ducre ready - finally - to be the guy? As Gregg Bell notes, its "go-time" for the speedy Ducre.
- Outside of football, the Lady Huskies basketball team wasted no time in finding a new head coach. In fact, they always had them. Assistant Mike "Like a Good" Neighbors was promoted yesterday and given a $350k salary to become the new Women's Basketball Coach at UW. Mike is a first time head coach, but we know he is going to take that fat salary and make us all proud. WOOF!
- The Ladies Golf Team will be teeing off at the PAC 12 Championships starting on Monday as a number four seed. The Huskies, who were a pre-season #1 team, have had a good year, but have been somewhat overshadowed by the stellar seasons turned in by USC and UCLA. Still the Huskies are hot and are counting on aces Jennifer Yang, SooBin Kim and Charlotte Thomas to carry them to their first PAC 12 Championship. Go Dawgs!
- Outside of Montlake, other news hit the wire that is relevant to the PAC12. The President of the P12N, Gary Stevenson, has resigned with no word on what he will be doing next. Stevenson was the main "network guy" behind the establishment of the P12 Networks and in the negotiations with the carriers. Stevenson earned my ire when he came on the Jack Arute's Sirius XM radio show and told Jack that he was "surprised" that neither Cox nor Comcast rolled the P12N out nationally. Stevenson, a former consultant, has been responsible for the ongoing negotiations with DirecTV in an effort to get the P12N into at least one legitimate national distribution deal (please, enough with DISH). The stunning lack of progress there is no doubt behind this recent shake up in San Francisco. First Ed Rush now Gary Stevenson ... credit Larry Scott for cleaning up.
- Outside of the PAC 12 altogether, we have news that the Big 10 is finally going to trash the "Legends" and the "Leaders" division monikers when Rutgers and Maryland join in 2014. The Big 10 will be going to an East / West alignment that features Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State in the East with Wisconsin and Nebraska in the West. Seems pretty lopsided on the surface, but we all know that these things even out over time.
- For those of you who want to see the future of print media, look no further than the UW. The Seattle Times was the first to run a web-enhanced ad campaign sponsored by the UW Athletic Department that combines the print ad with an iPhone app to supercharge our print paper perusing (peter piper picked a peck...). The story was covered here in Geekwire. Check it out below:
Question of the Day
The Huskies have disappointed many fans today by, for all intents and purposes, ending the tradition of something resembling an actual football game to end Spring Camp. Do you accept the argument that the risk to player health and the need to keep playbook changes secret are reason enough to make this change or should we be strapping it up and playing some football today with the P12 cameras rolling. Leave your thoughts below.
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