From Molly Yanity of the PI.
Tyrone Willingham pulled a new one today. The media is allowed to watch the first 25 minutes of practice, but today Willingham pulled the plug early, making us leave after 15 minutes. So, we got to see not one snap of the scrimmage.
From Bob Condotta of the Times
Serious enough that UW coach Tyrone Willingham made sure to have the media escorted out before it began. Usually, we are allowed to watch the first 25 minutes from the scheduled start of practice no matter what is taking place.
Today, they were about 15 minutes into that period and ready to kick off when Willingham called over and had us removed, with the kickoff not taking place until after all of us had left. It's the first time I remember him having us removed before the period of time that practice is scheduled to be open has elapsed.
Total BS move by Ty....he needs to stop jerking the media around. Pretty shabby way to treat people without any warning. Would the measly ten minutes have mattered?
Brandon Johnson may well emerge as the starting kickoff returner in part because he shows a good burst through the hole.
Anthony Russo was able to handle punt return duties just fine, apparently breaking one for 30-40 yards that was called back by penalty.
Great Man Passes
Former college and professional basketball coach Butch van Breda Kolff, who ranks 74th on the list of winningest college coaches, has died after a long illness. Van Breda Kolff, 84, died Wednesday afternoon at a nursing home in Spokane, his daughter, Kristina van Breda Kolff, said.
Butch was a favorite of mine I grew up with, he was a great coach, an innovator, a legend, and a winner.
One question, what was Butch doing in Spokane?
Husky Crew Headed to Moscow
Having conquered all challengers in its homeland, the national champion University of Washington men's varsity eight crew will head to Russia next week to face some stringent international competition.
For the first time since a historic 1958 victory against four crews in the Soviet Union, the Huskies will compete on Russian waters in the Race of Champions on Sept. 1 in Moscow.
"This is one of the reasons you come to Washington to row, for opportunities like this," said UW crew coordinator Bob Ernst, who accepted the invitation after his men won the IRA national championship in June to cap an unbeaten 2007 collegiate season.
From Greg Johns of the PI