Monday, June 16, 2008

The Monday Morning Wash

The Husky coaching tour ends this with the last stop in Longview, Ty has missed three of the events this year, hopefully he can make it down to SW Washington for the finale.

The AD hunt is still going on without many leaks coming from the UW at this point. Hard to say who they are going to end up with, but we should find out pretty soon. Hill from Utah is supposedly the leading candidate, and they offered him the job last time, but if he was all in the decision probably would have already been made. My bet is on a young up and comer who will be a surprise at this point.

Dick Baird wrote a ditty in Dawgman about the lack of wisdom signing LSU to a home, and home starting next season. I lean toward Dick's reasoning on this one even though you can make a case either way. UW doesn't need to have the toughest football schedule in the country every single year, and I can't think of a single program that needs to do that.

On the other hand LSU will draw a lot of out of town fans which continues to build the case that UW football brings in a lot of money to the region each week during the season. That of course goes hand in hand with the argument that UW should be eligible for tax money to help remodel the stadium.

Romar Signs a Wing

The Washington Huskies have received their second commitment for the recruiting class of 2009, this one from a 6-9 1/2, 220-pound junior college forward from Los Angeles. Charles Garcia Jr. said today as he was getting ready to fly back home after taking a visit to UW over the weekend that he would sign with the Huskies.

Garcia is slated to replace the bulk we lose when Jon Brockman graduates next season.

Husky Football TV Schedule Shaping Up

The University of Washington football program has received significant regional and national exposure over the years and the 2008 season promises to be no exception, according to the early-season television schedule released by the Pacific-10 Conference today.

Seven of Washington's 12 games have been pre-selected to appear on television through the league's contractual obligations with FSN, ABC/ESPN and Versus. With the exception of the Sept. 27 game against Stanford University, the remaining games will available for telecast through the conference's agreements and will be determined either 12 or six days prior to the game.

For the first time in school history, all 13 of Washington's regular-season games during the 2007 season appeared on television. Indications are positive that all 12 games this year could also be televised.

Washington's August 30 season-opening contest at the University of Oregon will kick-off at 7 p.m. and will be televised live by FSN. A broad national distribution of the game through the various FSN regional networks is expected due to the primetime start.

The Huskies' home opener on Sept. 6 against Brigham Young University will begin at 12 Noon and will also be televised by FSN, while the Sept. 13 home game against the University of Oklahoma will kick at 4:45 p.m. and will feature a national telecast via ESPN.

The Stanford game is expected to be televised by FSN Northwest, Washington's local television partner, since there will be no selections by FSN or Versus that day through the league agreement. Once FSN Northwest and the Seattle Mariners determine the major league baseball club's telecast schedule for that day, they will release a game time.

Washington will make its first appearance ever on the Versus network on Oct. 18 with its homecoming contest against Oregon State University that will begin at 4 p.m. The Oct. 25 game against the University of Notre Dame will kickoff at 5 p.m. and will be televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

In addition, the Pac-10 announced that Washington's Nov. 22 Apple Cup contest at Washington State University will kickoff at 12 noon and will be televised live from Pullman, Wash. by FSN.
The Dec. 6 Washington game at the University of California will begin either at 12 Noon on FSN or 5 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2. Specific television plans for that contest will be announced 12 days prior to the game.

UW game times and coverage that have not yet been determined include the Oct. 4 contest at the University of Arizona, the Nov. 1 game at USC, the Nov. 8 game at home against Arizona State University and the Nov. 15 home finale against UCLA.

Huskies at the US Open

Washington sophomore Nick Taylor shot 4-over 75 and former UW player Rob Rashell carded a scorching 1-under 70 during the second round of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course, Friday, but neither Husky was able to make the cut when the field was narrowed down to 80 players.

Huskies Sweep Pac Ten Rowing Awards

Men's rowing coach Michael Callahan was named Coach of the Year, Heath Allen Men's Athlete of the Year and Blaise Didier Newcomer of the Year in the Pac-10 Conference's end of season awards. A total of four Husky men and one woman were named to the all-conference teams.

Track and Field

Junior Jared O'Connor had a remarkable second-place finish in the pole vault and seniors Norris Frederick and Carl Moe ended their illustrious Husky careers with All-American awards at the NCAA Track and Field Championships hosted by Drake University.

The Huskies enjoyed a memorable day three at the national meet, including a 400m dash semifinal victory from junior Jordan Boase. Spectators numbering 11,228 saw the Husky men score 9.33 points, bringing their total to 12.33 with two finalists on Sunday.

Frederick (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) placed seventh in the high jump final, battling through an ankle injury with three dramatic third-attempt clearances before bowing out of the contest with a best of 7-1 ½. He earned the adulation of the crowd with his repeated final jump clearances.

The seventh-place finish brings Frederick's final tally of All-American honors to a stunning nine, including one for his sixth-place long jump finish yesterday. Frederick's nine awards tie Ryan Brown (2003-07) for the second-most in Washington history, trailing only the 10 of Ja'Warren Hooker (1998-2001). Frederick was an All-American indoors and outdoors in both the high and long jumps this year, the only collegiate athlete that accomplished the feat. His four All-American awards in one season also ties Brown (2006) and Hooker (1998) for the most by a Husky.

Bavasi Gets the Axe

The Mariners fired Bill Bavasi today in the first of what will be one of many moves to get the franchise going in the right direction. The next guy that needs to go is Howard Lincoln.

Everytime Bavasi made a move I just winced, the capper of course was the Bedard trade this season which decimated the farm system.

What the M's need to do is have an old fashioned fire sale and get rid of as much dead wood as they can so they can start over next season. Money isn't the problem when you have a $117 million dollar payroll.

The current state of the M's can be traced back to Bob Melvin's first season as manager. The M's should have gone young at that time like the Indians did to rebuild, instead the M's started wasting money on over valued free agents blocking any form of youth movement.

I think most of us are M's fans, and this has been tough to watch, but any team that has that much money to spend can rebound under the right management.


hairofthedawg said...

Agree on the M's, need to dump a lot of wasted salary. Husky schedule? Like you say, arguments can be made in both directions. I just miss the team having the talent to compete at the level the schedule requires. LSU is an attractive away game for fans though!

John Berkowitz said...

The key of course is not having the talent to compete at that level. I will probably go to Baton Rouge in 2012, not too many opportunities to do that in a lifetime.