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Archives: Sep. 2010


To get early start on Husky Stadium project, 2011 Apple Cup moves to Qwest

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Fans and season ticketholders for University of Washington football will get a sneak preview next season to what the 2012 home season is going to be like.

UW athletic officials announced Thursday that next season’s Apple Cup – originally slated to be the last game at Husky Stadium before the start of the $250 million renovation – will be moved to Qwest Field.

Moving the annual UW-Washington State rivalry game to the NFL stadium of the Seattle Seahawks will allow the renovation project start three weeks earlier than first anticipated, saving an estimated $3 million in

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Huskies won’t have to search for USC’s rushing attack Saturday

By no means did Cameron Elisara mean to disparage Nebraska’s run game, which seared the Huskies for 383 yards, including three 100-yard rushers in a 56-21 victory.

But Elisara, a big man at defensive tackle, has a little more respect for the rushing attack he’s about to see Saturday at 18th-ranked Southern California.

It doesn’t hide. It seeks.

“The Nebraska scheme, in my opinion … what it really stressed is for everybody to play their assignments really well,” Elisara said. “Not that the USC offense isn’t like that … but the one-on-one matchups, the man-to-man (style) on who is the tougher player, I feel those prevail more.

“I like the smash mouth type of football.”

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Olson to be recognized as one of Huskies’ all-time greats

Though sweet and soft-spoken off the field, Benji Olson trampled all over the biggest of teenagers while at South Kitsap High, and did the same thing in the Pacific-10 Conference when he played at the University of Washington (1995-98).

That toughness served him well, too, for 152 games as an offensive guard in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans (1998-2007), including the 2000 Super Bowl.

Next month, the UW will honor Olson, along with Tin Frimpong (women’s soccer), Kristina Kraszewski (tennis), Eldridge Recasner (basketball), Jennifer Speciacci (fastpitch) and the 2005 NCAA Division I-winning women’s volleyball team as inductees into the

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‘Tribute to Troy’ becoming a tune of blatant misery at UW

Jared Blank, UW’s director of player personnel, loads ‘Tribute to Troy’ (USC fight song) in the stereo early in practice Wednesday. The song played 108 times over two hours.

It is Steve Sarkisian’s tribute to unsettling one’s senses.

Particularly hearing.

Last season, as the UW prepared for its visit to Notre Dame, the Irish fight song blared loudly throughout practice for one day (Wednesday) before the team left.

This week, it’s a whole different animal.

For every practice since Monday, USC’s fight song, ‘Tribute to Troy,’ has been excessively played for nearly every minute of workouts.

In fact, Sarkisian signaled to Jared Blank, the team’s director of player personnel (in charge of such tedious tasks of selecting music for different days), to turn up the volume.

“There is something wrong with our speakers,” said Sarkisian, apparently dissatisfied that the volume was not deafening and disruptive enough.

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Huskies return to work after bye week

The Huskies have concluded their Tuesday practice, and defensive coordinator said Holt said the team stuck to the basics during the bye week that followed their 56-21 home loss to Nebraska.

“You need to get healthy – which we were,” he said. “We weren’t banged up – not too bad. So, get back to fundamentals, quite honestly. Get back to good fundamentals, good hard work, good practices during the bye week. Get in the weight room, get fresh, and get our bodies feeling good again and come back with a nice fresh frame of mind, and I think we

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At least 13 national TV hoops appearances

Here’s a release from the school:

The Washington men’s basketball team released a majority of its game times for the upcoming 2010-11 season on Tuesday. The Huskies, who won the 2010 Pac-10 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, will appear a minimum 13 times on national television and on local television at least an additional 10 times throughout the season.

More information and the full schedule is availabel at GoHuskies.com.


Fun times between 30-something coaches as UW-USC nears

Sarkisian audio (9-28)

Kiffin audio (9-28)

Wulff audio about USC defense (9-28)

From his office, Lane Kiffin claims text messages sent to Steve Sarkisian have gone unanswered.

What’s the deal?

“He’s probably trying to show how busy he is,” Kiffin said.

Of course, it is a busy time as Kiffin’s 4-0 Southern California team hosts Sarkisian’s 1-2 Washington team on Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Both former assistants under Pete Carroll at USC, the two have maintained weekly contact – even this week as the matchup looms.

“(The contact) has been the same,” Sarkisian said.

Not returning Kiffin’s text claims?

“That’s not true,” Sarkisian said.

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Much of bye week spent taking bounce out of Locker’s setup

Locker audio (9-27)

Foster audio (9-27)

Plenty was revisited last week as the University of Washington practiced four days during its bye period.

Personnel groupings were evaluated. Live tackling was an emphasis since the Huskies seemingly couldn’t tackle Nebraska ball-handlers in the third game. Mechanics were reviewed, and flaws were fixed.

Senior Jake Locker, the team’s all-Pacific-10 Conference candidate, was no exception. And after watching footage of the Cornhuskers’ 56-21 victory in which Locker went 4-of-20 in passing, coaches noticed a footwork glitch.

And it was the way his feet operated – or did not function – regardless if it came against pressure or not.

Jake, he’s such a good athlete – (and) good athletes have a tendency, they want to almost bounce in that pocket because they feel good on their toes and moving,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. “When you’re a quarterback, you want two feet on the ground. You want to continually be on the ground when you reset.”

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