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Archives: Oct. 2010


Winning the cure, the Huskies will someday find it

A couple of week ago, Steve Sarkisian was bogged down by a bug. Could have been the flu (heck his team had been passing it along from player to player).

This week, it’s a fever – for winning.

For a man so used to winning at Southern California – where losing was plain-and-simple unacceptable – the constant one-good-game, followed-by-a-bad-game trend has really gotten to the second-year UW coach.

“I’ve been sick. It makes me sick. I can’t stand losing,” Sarkisian said after practice Thursday. “But we go back to work. I’ve been proud of our guys – they fought back. They’ve continued to fight back, and we’ll fight back again Saturday.

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Romar, Thomas quotes from media day

Here are highlights from the Huskies’ segment of Pac-10 media day, today in Los Angeles:

Lorenzo Romar
“Well this time is finally here. Seems like it took a long time from our last game until now, but we are ready to get going.”

On being picked first in the media poll: “This hasn’t happened to us since we have been here. We still have 18 Pac-10 games to play and a lot of non-conference games to play. I like our team, but I don’t know if we are ready to win a Pac-10 right now. We have

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WSU quotes from Pac-10 media day

Washington State Head Coach Ken Bone
“We are anxious to get back out there, see what we can do and change our place in the standings this year. We feel that we have a chance to be pretty competitive in the Pac-10, and we’re looking forward to that.”

On Klay Thompson: “Klay is getting a lot better understanding that the focus is on him, so he’s doing a great job setting up other
guys. We feel we can compete this year and hopefully finish games at a better level.”

On the newcomers: “We have three freshmen and a

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Coaches quotes from hoops media day

Some highlight quotes from Pac-10 men’s basketball media day, provided by the conference:

California Head Coach Mike Montgomery
“We have practice this afternoon. Not like we need practice with seven new
players. I am glad we had the experience of winning the championship last year. Its great to get Harper back
this year. This is a different year for me. This is probably the youngest team I have ever had. It is going to be a
challenge for us. We only really have three veteran guys back. Jorge [Gutierrez] was the only guy who played

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Hoops season dedicated to Wooden

Here is Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott’s opening statement from basketball media day, held today in Los Angeles:

“This is an exciting time for the Pac-10 as we try to transform the conference with an ambitious plan for
building a uni!ed conference. We’ve added two terrific schools in Colorado and Utah that will allow us to
create a modern 12-school conference. By creating a foundation of equality in this new enterprise, we are in
the position to aggressively pursue our goals together. We’re not just building a national brand but a global
brand. To do that we

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Wednesday’s practice report: Locker, Aguilar look ready for Saturday

Sorry this came late. My computer had issues to the point where I wanted to throw it against the wall.

It was pretty crisp practice for the Huskies. As expected defensive linemen Cameron Elisara (stinger), Talia Crichton (knee) and Johri Fogerson (hip) did not practice.

Quarterback Jake Locker practiced and did more than I expected. He did all the individual work, 7 on 7 and several team snaps.

“Jake looked really good today,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “It was his best Wednesday in three weeks.”

So were the extra team snaps a product of how good he looked?


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Media picks UW for men’s basketball title

Media members who cover Pac-10 men’s basketball have picked the Washington Huskies to win this season’s regular-season title.

Here’s the vote, revealed this morning at Pac-10 Media Day.

The 2010-11 Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33), 348
2. Arizona (1), 296
3. UCLA (1), 281
4. Arizona State, 215
5. Washington State, 191
6. USC, 178
7. California, 151
8. Oregon State, 120
9. Stanford, 98
10. Oregon, 47

I figured the Huskies would be the preseason favorite, but I’m surprised it was that overwhelming: 33

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