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Abner Thomas, special assistant to UW football, dies at age 86

Some sad news out of Montlake today as it was announced that Abner Thomas, a longtime special assistant, mentor and counselor on Washington’s football support staff, died Sunday. He was 86.

Anyone who attended UW football practices would likely recognize Thomas, who greeted reporters and other practice attendees throughout the years with a smile and a warm hello. Read more »


Wrapping up Pac-12 media days

Washington head coach Chris Petersen calls to his team on Saturday, April 19, 2014, during the team's spring NCAA college football game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington head coach Chris Petersen calls to his team on Saturday, April 19, 2014, during the team’s spring game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

With Pac-12 media days — both of them! — now in the past, let’s wrap it all up with some links.

Here’s our main story in today’s newspaper, focusing on Cyler Miles‘ one-game suspension to start the season.

— Here’s our notebook with more from Chris Petersen on the medical retirement of Tumwater native Jaimie Bryant.

— And if you missed it last night, we posted a lengthy transcript of Petersen’s lunch-time interview with a few reporters on Thursday afternoon. Read more »


More thoughts from Chris Petersen on players getting in trouble, recruiting, Jonathan Smith, Budda Baker and sleep schedules

As is usually the case at Pac-12 media day, a few of us reporters had the chance to sit down during lunch with Washington coach Chris Petersen and discuss a wide array of topics, ranging from football to golf to the importance of a good night’s sleep. Here’s a transcript of nearly everything he had to say.

(On preparing for Pac-12 grind) “The guys who have to be ready for the week-in, week-out dogfight and grind is the players. Our coaches are always the same as coaches. But those are going to be hard-fought games every week.”

(On talent level at UW) “I think so. Like I’ve said, I think there are some really good players. We’ve got a few holes that we’ve got to fill. I think there are some places we don’t have quite the depth that we need. Overall I’ve been impressed with players like Ben (Riva), go down the list, Hau’oli (Kikaha). There are some good players.” Read more »


Quoting Chris Petersen at Pac-12 media day

Here’s the transcript of Washington coach Chris Petersen’s comments on the main stage during Thursday’s Pac-12 media day.

One correction, though: Petersen didn’t say “I think that’s exciting” at the end of his quote about punishing Miles. He said “I think Cyler will learn.”

UPDATE: We’ve also added video below of Petersen’s appearance on the Pac-12 Networks.

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Petersen: DL Jaimie Bryant taking medical retirement, plus other notes

FROM HOLLYWOOD – Just as Jaimie Bryant’s Washington Huskies football career was beginning, it came to an end.

UW coach Chris Petersen told a handful of reporters during lunch at Thursday’s Pac-12 media day that Bryant, a freshman defensive lineman from Tumwater, will take a medical retirement after doctors discovered an apparently serious back injury during the offseason.

Petersen said Bryant will likely remain in the program in some capacity, and as is customary with medical retirements, he will remain on scholarship throughout his academic career at UW. Read more »