My partner in crime, Don Ruiz, just informed me – through an airing of a Steve Sarkisian radio interview – that Tacoma’s Clarence Trent will be on the football field this afternoon for the start of spring camp.
To my knowledge, Trent never played football at River Ridge High, Gig Harbor High or The Patterson School in North Carolina (where they do offer football).
So … needless to say, it’s a bit of a surprise.
Glance at the UW basketball media guide, and maybe the signs of a switch were there:
• In the “Dawg Bytes” section, coach Lorenzo Romar’s opening remark about the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder was, “Clarence Trent is a warrior.” He would need to be to survive in the Pacific-10 Conference football ranks.
• No. 1 song in his iPod: “Brand New,” by Lyle Jennings.
• Favorite video game: “Call of Duty.”
Interestingly, and in retrospect, Don Ruiz said at Romar’s end-of-season press conference Monday, he mentioned Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox would be different players come next season. Trent wasn’t part of the conversation.
And in Sarkisian’s pre-spring camp media meeting, he admitted he was in Romar’s office earlier Monday, commenting the two shared an amusing thought about guard Isaiah Thomas joining the football team.
Anyway, this will certainly be followed up on at practice, which starts at 4 p.m.
UPDATE: Here is a statement from Romar, released Monday afternoon by the UW athletic department.
“Clarence approached me earlier in the year and expressed his interest in playing football at the University of Washington and I told him we’d revisit it after the season. I had some conversations with (oach Steve Sarkisian) Sark about it and when they agreed to do it, Clarence was excited and we were excited for him.
“He will still remain a part of our basketball team and it will be much like the situation when Nate Robinson played football at Washington and yet walked on for basketball that year. So, he is still very much a part of our basketball team and he will do both.
“We’ll be pulling for him and as interested as I already was in Husky football, I’m even more interested now.”