They started knocking down the circular ramps on the south side of the stadium this week. I have some extremely fond memories of walking up those ramps with my dad over the years to reach our seats. Tremendous view from up there.
It is wild to watch the machines chipping it down piece by piece. I can't believe they are actually taking the entire deck down. As you can tell it was built quite a bit more solid than the lower bowl which was removed within a week.
The roof is supposed to come down next week. That should be a trip. First to be removed will be the press and presidential boxes.
Coach K calls Wroten a big time talent
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times has a nice story on the impact Tony Wroten made on Coach K. The question most of us have is if he will make any type of impact at Washington before moving on to the NBA? Chances are that Wroten is one and done even though his game could use a lot of refinement at both ends of the court.
"It's just a blessing first of all because we all know Coach K, who he is and what he's accomplished," Wroten said. "For it to come out of his mouth, it's just crazy because he's one of the best coaches to ever do it, and for him to say something like that it's a great accomplishment."
Brandon Roy retires
Husky basketball great Brandon Roy has announced his early retirement from the NBA. He played five solid years for the Portland Trailblazers and was forced into retirement by a degenerative knee condition. SBN's Kevin Cacabellos has a nice rundown on B-Roy's top ten moments at UW.
RG III is a big draw
The Alamo Bowl has become a big ticket type of item in Texas this year. Tickets are being scalped for over $800 a piece. All the excitement is directed at Baylor and their Heisman Trophy winning QB Robert Griffin III. This probably the biggest thing that has ever happened to Baylor.
Our Daily Bears
The Bears are represented well on SBN by the ODB blog. They haven't been talking much if at all about the Huskies but expect that to change now that the Heisman race is over. The two teams haven't met on the playing field since 1965 and they really don't have much common ground in the past.
Focus switches to RG3
Todd Milles of the The News Tribune looks forward to practice reconvening on Thursday.
Over the next few days, before the Huskies reconvene for practices starting Thursday, the coaching staff will spend plenty of time watching every game – every snap – that Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III was involved in during the regular season.
Tui and Mora together?
Marques Tuiasosopo has been temporarily promoted to QB coach at UCLA. I think it is a pretty good bet that Jim Mora will offer him a permanent position when he begins to assemble his staff. Tui has been trying to break into coaching since retiring from the NFL.
SMU's Adrian Klemm (OL) and ASU's Steve Broussard (RB) will be among his first hires according to inside sources. ASU OC Noel Mazzone also may be headed to Westwood.
Chris Polk is a third team All American according to Phil Steele and surrounded by some pretty impressive company. ASJ was named to the FOX AA Freshman team.
Fresno State getting closer
UW OC Doug Nussmeier was once thought to be the favorite for the Fresno State job but former Texas A&M DC Tim DeRuyter appears to be in the lead and was invited back for a second interview. Alabama OC Jim McElwain also interviewed for the position but was named head coach of Colorado State on Tuesday.
ASU Coaching Search
The Sun Devils are trying to lure Utah's Kyle Whittingham to Tempe. Whittingham isn't going anywhere but the inquiry will get him a decent sized raise. With valuable recruiting time slipping away the Devils seem to be spinning their wheels in the hunt to find the successor to Dennis Erickson.
Larry Scott is trying to broker a Stanford vs Notre Dame in China by 2013. It is all part of his master plan to expand the brand into Asia.
Leach assembling his staff
East Carolina assistant football coaches Clay McGuire (OL) and Dennis Simmons (OWR) have tendered their resignations and will reportedly join the staff of new Washington State coach Mike Leach. Both coaches worked in similar capacities under Leach at Texas Tech before his firing in December 2010.
Eric Russell who coached at Tennessee last season has also been invited to join Leach's staff as a special teams coordinator. Leach previously hired Eric "The Elf" Morris (IWR) and Jim Mastro from UCLA (RB). Longtime WSU assistant WR coach Mike Levenseller was not retained by Leach. It is extremely doubtful that Leach will retain anyone from the former WSU staff.