We lead off today with the official Jake Locker for Heisman post card that the athletic department released recently. This officially starts of the Jake for Heisman campaign. The Huskies won't be doing billboards in Times Square to promote Jake but members of the national media have already been visiting Seattle.
SI's Stewart Mandel was in Seattle recently to watch a practice.
A Tale of Two Terrances
Husky basketball recruit Terrance Ross isn't making anything official till Friday when he holds a press conference at his school. Insiders are however saying that he is a lock for Washington. The 6'5 guard will give Washington a dimension they were missing last season.
Terrance Jones on the other hand hasn't tipped his hat on where he is going. the 6'10 power forward has been rumored to be a Washington lean but Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Oklahoma, and Oregon are still in the mix for his services.
Friday Night Lights
Steve Sarkisian says they are going to have a regular game on Friday night to conclude the spring. No word yet on how they will divide up the teams but with limited numbers available you can expect them to get creative.
"We'll have a Purple and a White team and we are going to play. What we won't do is we won't have kicks and punts to try to save our legs, so if a team scores we'll kick the extra point, and we'll have field goals throughout the game. But as opposed to having a kickoff you'll get the ball at the 20-yard line and if you get stopped it's an automatic 40-yard punt.''
Washington's new deal with ESPN/ABC is going to give the program a lot of exposure. ESPN is guaranteeing UW six units this season. For example the Thursday night game against UCLA counts as one unit. A nationally televised Saturday contest which is viewed by 51% of the nation would count as two.
ESPN also would love to to broadcast Gameday from Seattle next year. The Nebraska at Washington clash is an early contender if both teams come in 2-0. ESPN usually makes those decisions a week before the actual game.
Dave Brown, Vice President of Programming at ESPN, and the man responsible for coming to Washington with the idea of the Thursday game, said the exposure gained by moving the UCLA game will be tremendous for the Huskies. For starters, it's the only college game publicized heavily on ESPN's Monday Night Football. The Thursday game also gets more pre-game and post-game editorials during the week, adding to the hype.
"Husky Stadium has been home to so many great telecasts over the years," Brown said. "There few better settings than Husky Stadium for college football, and that's why we're really excited to bring that to Thursday night for the first time."
Revised 2010 Schedule
Sept. 4 --- at BYU
Sept. 11 --- Syracuse
Sept. 18 --- Nebraska
Sept. 25 --- Bye week
Oct. 2 --- at USC
Oct. 9 --- Arizona State
Oct. 16 --- Oregon State
Oct. 23 --- at Arizona
Oct. 30 --- Stanford
Nov. 6 --- at Oregon
Nov. 18 --- UCLA (Thursday at 5:00 PM)
Nov. 27 --- at Cal
Dec. 4 --- at Washington State
The Athletic Department will be announcing some sort of Plan B for the renovation of Husky Stadium in the very near future. I am not sure exactly what they have in mind but it will involve some type of fund raisng campaign led by major donors to get the job done. Even though project planning dates back to Todd Turner's arrival on campus most find it pretty strange that UW hasn't kicked off any type of official fund raising until now. The estimated cost of the project at the moment is in the $250 million range.
Danielle Lawrie set a new Pac-10 record on Monday when she was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the 15th time in her career, also nearing the single-season record with her fifth honor this year.
Oxford and Syracuse head to Seattle for the Windemere Cup
The 2010 edition of the Windermere Cup will host one of the biggest names in the sport - Oxford. The Dark Blues will be joined by Syracuse at the May 1 regatta on the Montlake Cut.