First, apologies for my fits and starts on the blog. I've been heavily engaged in my second job - you know, the one that actually pays my bills. Second, suck it, Oregon. No reason.
- The funnest read for me over the weekend was Gregg Bell's article on a mission trip taken by 11 athletes - including a few footballers - to Tahiti. As always, Gregg delivers insights into the student-athlete that you simply cannot get anywhere else.
- Some track news here as Christine Babcock and Jeremy Taiwo were selected as UW's winners of the Tom Hansen Medals. These awards are given to the most deserving men and women's tracksters at each P12 institution. Click on the link above and read up on the accomplishments of these two special athletes.
- It's been discussed ad nauseum. Much is expected of the UW Huskies football program this season, what with the opening of the new stadium, the normalization of the schedule and three straight 7-6 seasons starting to wear down our patience. Coach Sark threw fuel on the fire when he proclaimed this year's team "the best in five years". Looking good on paper is one thing. P12N championship contention is another.
- The Husky Haul has an interesting fantasy. It involves the return to and sustained health of both Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper in this year's Husky backfield.
- One of Sark's most recent recruits is 16 year old Trey Adams. His commitment was covered by the hometown newspaper in Wenatchee.
- One of the more interesting Husky alum situations that will play out this season is the fate of Jake Locker who, despite having pretty limited exposure, is already on the hot seat in Tennessee. The Titans are saying that Jake has effectively taken leadership of their team. One of the more interesting tactics being used to help Jake along in his development is the elimination of the wristband from his uniform.
- Finally, Sark made an appearance on KJR last week. Among the big topics addressed were the fact that all the injured players who missed the spring have been cleared for the fall and that all incoming freshman had cleared academically and were expected to be on campus this weekend, though a few people still need to get stamped by the NCAA clearninghouse. Sark also revealed that among the innovations in the new football facility is the installation of two barber chairs so that the kids can get their haircut in a convenient place. Oh, and there was something about Gold Chrome Helmets. Listen up!
Question of the Day
Sark said it: This is the best team he's had in five years. While questions about the capability of the O-Line, the skills of the pass rushers and the injuries associated with many key contributors remain, it certainly feels like that this can be one of the best seasons that we've seen since the Rose Bowl run under Neuheisel. Given Sark's statements and the sentiment among the fan base, is this a deliver or go-home season for Sark? If so, what are the baseline expectations that he has to hit to justify a sixth season?