Dawgman Insider Blog: June 2010

During Saturday's Dawgman.com radio show on KJR we were lucky enough to have Husky basketball players Darnell Gant and Justin Holiday in studio. They talked about a lot of different topics and told us some stories about what it was like when they first arrived at Montlake...

Posted by Scott Eklund
6:50 PM

Saturday show podcast

The first hour of today's radio show has been posted over on KJR.

Download it to hear what guests Justin Holiday and Darnell Gant had to say about becoming a team and winning the Pac 10 Championship last winter...

Here is the link where you can find the podcasts.

Talk about it: Here

Posted by Chris Fetters
1:10 PM

Darnell Gant (K.Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

Saturday's radio lineup

We've got some more in-studio special guests as part of Dawgman.com's radio show from 9-11 Saturday morning on KJR-950AM. We first asked Washington forward Darnell Gant if he wanted to be a part of the show, and he asked if he could bring a friend along. His buddy? None other than his teammate, Justin Holiday. So we'll have two Husky hoopsters in the house.

And at 10:35, we're going to give Mason Foster another call to see if we can roust him and get his thoughts on the summer and what the football team is doing to get ready for the fall. It should be a packed show, so tune into KJR 950AM if you are in the Seattle area, or listen live at their website - KJR-950AM
Posted by Scott Eklund
1:50 PM

Husky/Syracuse game to be televised by FSN

SEATTLE – The University of Washington's September 11 home football game against Syracuse will kick off at 4:00 p.m. and will be televised live from Husky Stadium by the school's local broadcast partner, FSN Northwest.

Syracuse will be making just its second visit to Husky Stadium and its first since 1973. The Huskies and Orange last met in the Carrier Dome in the first game of the 2007 season, a 42-12 Husky victory in quarterback Jake Locker's debut.

The game is the fifth on the Huskies' 12-game schedule to be selected for television broadcast. Most likely, television arrangements for the remaining seven games will be made two weeks prior to each game.

Thanks in large part to the UW's relationship with FSN, the last 37 consecutive games have aired on live television, a streak that will extend to at least 41 games, as the first four contests of the 2010 slate have already been selected for broadcast.

Here is the full press release from Washington's official athletic website.

Talk about it: Here

Posted by Scott Eklund
7:30 AM

Cort Dennison (K. Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

Summer Football Workouts begin

Summer football workouts have begun and there was a great turnout of defensive players on Tuesday. Since the field was full of Rising Stars participants, the Husky players had to focus on running through some plays instead of running 7-on-7's like they usually do...

No 7-on-7's today since the fields were occupied by campers at the Rising Stars Camp.

However, the defense took it upon themselves to run some plays on one end.

Turnout was pretty heavy on the defense. Here's who I was able to see...

CB Vonzell McDowell (said he just got cleared to start going 100%, but was just watching today)
CB Desmond Trufant
CB Adam Long
CB Anthony Gobern (who looks in really good shape)
CB Quinton Richardson (another specimen)
S Nate Williams
S Nate Fellner
S/CB Justin Glenn (who is currently weighing in at 206 and looks great)
S Greg Walker
LB Mason Foster
LB Victor Aiyewa
LB Cort Dennison
LB Jordan Wallace
LB Tim Tucker
LB Matt Houston
LB Jonathon Amosa
DE Talia Crichton (sans his long hair)
DE Everrette Thompson
DE Kalani Aldrich
DE/DT DeShon Matthews
DT Cameron Elisara
DT Semisi Tokolahi
DT Alameda Ta'amu

Spoke to a couple who said it is great they are not having to learn a new defense again. Some had been through three D coordinators in three years (the 2007 class), so they are pretty happy that now it's just about going over the finer points and not learning a whole new system.

All of them look like they've been hitting the weights hard and taking the staff's nutrition recommendations to heart. One said "we all care now" in reference to the old staff compared to now.

Each one I talked to also talked about "getting a (bowl) ring" this fall.

They will be running 7 on 7's every Tuesday and Thursday (depending on weather/scheduling conflicts) until the last week of July. Chris, Kim and I will try and make it out to as many as possible and we'll let you know what we saw while we are there.

Talk about it: Here

Posted by Scott Eklund
1:53 PM

Terrance Ross

Dawgman.com radio show podcasts

We were lucky enough to get Husky basketball signee Terrance Ross and Florida co-Defensive Coordinator and recruiting coordinator Chuck Heater on with us on Saturday's radio show last weekend.

Here is the link where you can find the podcasts.

Posted by Scott Eklund
7:30 PM

Mark Armelin leaves the football program

Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed to Dawgman.com on Friday that OL Mark Armelin, a redshirt junior from Mission Hills, California, has left the program.

Armelin signed with Washington in 2007 and played sparingly on special teams.

It appears as if Armelin transferred for academic reasons and also because he was able to see the writing on the wall with seven offensive line prospects coming in this summer. Armelin struggled to make any progress since Sarkisian took over for Willingham in December 2008.

The departure of Armelin means Washington currently has 61 scholarship players on their roster (including the four incoming freshmen who enrolled early). 25 more players are currently scheduled to show up this summer (John Timu is greyshirting while he rehabs from a knee injury), however, Sarkisian confirmed earlier this week that LB Chris Young and DE/LB Darius Waters still have some work to do in order to qualify.

Should those two not enroll with the rest of their class, Washington will be at 84 scholarship players which is one short of the 85 scholarship limit.

Talk about it: Here

Posted by Chris Fetters
3:15 AM

Mason Foster (K.Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

Dawgman's lineup for Saturday's radio show on KJR

Typically we don't have more than a couple of phone interviews during our two-hour show Saturday mornings from 9-11 a.m. on KJR, but we are going to make an exception this coming Saturday.

With all the Utah to Pac-10 expansion talk, we felt it would be good to speak with someone with knowledge of Utah football, as well as Colorado football. In fact, we came up with a guest that has coached not only at Colorado and Utah, but also at the University of Washington - former DB coach and Recruiting Coordinator Chuck Heater, and Heater, who is now co-defensive coordinator at Florida, will be joining Kim Grinolds, Chris Fetters and Scott Eklund at 9:35 am to talk about how well Utah will fit as a new Pac-10 partner.

At 10:05, we'll switch to some basketball talk with current 2010 signee Terrence Ross from Jefferson High School in Portland. And at 10:35 it's about time we caught up with UW linebacker Mason Foster to see what he's been up to. It's going to be a jam-packed show!

Posted by Chris Fetters
3:00 AM

Scott Woodard on KJR, talking about expansion

Expansion talk is still all the rage, even though it looks like the Pac-10 will stay put for a little while at 12 teams. KJR's Elise Woodward had Washington AD Scott Woodward (no relation) on the air Thursday night to talk about UW's place in all the expansion talk. Click on the link below to listen to the full interview via KJR's on-demand page.

Scott Woodward with Elise on KJR talking expansion

Posted by Chris Fetters
1:15 PM

Pac-10 extends offer to Utah to join conference

"The Pacific-10 has extended an invitation to the University of Utah to join the Conference. A press conference will take place in the Rice-Eccles Stadium tower at the University of Utah tomorrow at 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT."

That was the entire statement sent out by the league to the media Wednesday. The only other offer, extended to Colorado on June 10th, was quickly accepted. It's expected that the Utes will take the Pac-10 up on its offer on Thursday.

Now at 12 teams, will the Pac-10 stop there? What is Larry Scott's next move? If they stop at 12, clearly the next battle will be with the scheduling. I wrote a story today that covered the pluses of having both Utah and Colorado in the picture with regard to the post-season, and how a 10-team Big-12 could ultimately benefit the Pac-10 even more if they cannot fulfill all eight bowl obligations it currently has.

Posted by Scott Eklund
12:10 PM

Gaddy to play on US U18 National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Abdul Gaddy, who just completed his freshman year at Washington, was one of 12 players named to the final roster of the 2010 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team. Incoming Husky freshman Desmond Simmons was not selected to the team.

Following four trial sessions June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the roster of hopefuls was whittled down from 19 to 12. The U.S. squad will remain in San Antonio to continue training prior to the start of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be held June 26-30 in St. Mary's University's Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.

Here is the full release from the Washington athletic website.

Posted by Chris Fetters
5:00 PM

The Pac-??

Texas to stay in the Big 12

The Pac-10 has just released a statement through their offices pertaining to Texas' potential involvement in the Pac-10's plans to possibly expand and bring in some schools from the Big-12, including Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and possibly others.

"University of Texas President Bill Powers has informed us that the 10 remaining schools in the Big 12 Conference intend to stay together," Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement just released to the press. "We are excited about the future of the Pac-10 Conference and we will continue to evaluate future expansion opportunities under the guidelines previously set forth by our Presidents and Chancellors."

Posted by Scott eklund
7:10 AM

Texas to stay in the Big 12

According to Orangebloods.com's Chip Brown, who has been at the forefront on the possibly of Texas leaving for the Pac 10, is reporting that the Longhorns are set to stay with the Big 12, appearing to be a huge blow to Pac 10 commissioner Larry Scott's expansion plans.

The Texas Board-of-Regents is set to meet Tuesday to consider things, but Brown reports that a confirmation of the Longhorns staying in the Big 12 could happen as early as Monday morning.

Talk about it: Here

Posted by Chris Fetters
7:30 PM

Desmond Simmons signing with UW

Podcast up for the Dawgman show on KJR

Saturday's podcast of the Dawgman on KJR show is up and running. In studio we had David White, the former assistant recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma under Bob Stoops, who played his high school football at Kentwood, and we were able to catch up via phone with UW 2010 basketball signee Desmond Simmons, who was just named to the national under-18 roster for tryouts with UW's Abdul Gaddy. Click on the link below to listen to our interviews with White and Simmons.

Dawgman on KJR Podcast Page

Posted by Chris Fetters
10:00 AM

Saturday's lineup for the Dawgman show on KJR

For Saturday's show we're having on a former Oklahoma Recruiting Coordinator under Bob Stoops - David White. He's from the area - played his high school football at Kentwood - and was coach at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas when Ryan Reynolds and DeMarco Murray were recruited to Oklahoma.

We've known David for a while and he's going to be a great guest to have on to talk about the possibilities with the Sooners and the other Big-12 schools that are supposedly in the 'Pac-16' superconference equation.

Also during the show we'll be talking to current UW hooper Justin Holiday, as well as 2010 signee Desmond Simmons, who was just added to the US-Under 18 hoops tryout roster with Abdul Gaddy.

Posted by Chris Fetters
3:00 AM

Baird on USC, expansion

Dawgman.com's Kim Grinolds spoke with former UW LB Coach and RC Dick Baird Thursday afternoon about the sanctions handed down to USC Thursday, as well as all the Pac-10 expansion talk. Baird was coaching at UW when the NCAA handed down their dreaded 'lack of institutional control' label on the Huskies back in 1993, so he has a unique perspective on the events that rocked the Trojans this week.

To listen to the 10-minute segment, click on the link below.

DawgmanRadio - Baird on USC, expansion

Posted by Chris Fetters
1:00 PM

USC sanctions handed down

At noon PST Thursday, the NCAA released a 67-page report detailing the infractions surrounding USC, and specifically their football, men's basketball and women's tennis programs. And as with Washington in 1993, USC's athletic department was labeled Thursday with the dreaded 'lack of institutional control' tag, leading to a massive loss in scholarships, as well as a two-year bowl ban.

"This case is a window onto a landscape of elite college athletes and certain individuals close to them who, in the course of their relationships, disregard NCAA rules and regulations," the NCAA wrote. "Their world included professional sports agents, "runners" and "handlers", "friends" and family, many of whom were eager to cash in early on expected lucrative professional contracts."

Many of the points the NCAA touch on in the report derive from former Trojan running back Reggie Bush and the improper benefits he received while at USC, as well as former basketball player O.J. Mayo and improper benefits he received as well.

Going straight to the heart of the matter, here is a list of the penalties the NCAA has levied against USC (sorry for the length):

1. Public reprimand and censure.

2. Four years of probation from June 10, 2010, through June 9, 2014.

3. The institution's men's basketball team ended its 2009-10 season with the playing of its last regularly scheduled, in-season contest and was not eligible to participate in any postseason competition, including a foreign tour, following the season. (Institution imposed)

4. The institution's football team shall end its 2010 and 2011 seasons with the playing of its last regularly scheduled, in-season contest and shall not be eligible to participate in any postseason competition, including a bowl game, following the season. Moreover, during the two years of this postseason ban, the football team may not take advantage of the exceptions to the limit in the number of football contests that are provided in Bylaw, with the exception of a spring game as set forth in Bylaw

5. Pursuant to NCAA Bylaws and, the institution will vacate all wins in which student-athlete 1 competed while ineligible, beginning in December 2004.

6. Pursuant to NCAA Bylaws and, the institution will vacate all wins in which student-athlete 2 competed during the 2007-08 regular seasons. (Institution imposed)

7. Pursuant to NCAA Bylaws and, the institution will vacate all wins in which the women's tennis student-athlete competed while ineligible between November 2006 and May 2009. (Institution imposed) University of Southern California Public Infractions Report June 10, 2010 Page No. 58 __________

8. Regarding penalties C-5, C-6 and C-7, the vacations shall be effected pursuant to NCAA Bylaws and and shall include participation in any postseason competition, including football bowl games, conference tournaments and NCAA championships. The individual records of student- athlete 1, student-athlete 2 and the former women's tennis student-athlete shall also be vacated for all contests in which they competed while ineligible. Further, the records of the head coaches of the affected sports shall be reconfigured to reflect the vacated results. Finally, the institution's records regarding football, men's basketball and women's tennis shall be reconfigured to reflect the vacated institutional, coaches' and student-athletes' records in all publications in which records for football, men's basketball and women's tennis are recorded, including, but not limited to, institutional media guides, recruiting materials, electronic and digital media, and institutional and NCAA archives. Any reference to the vacated results, including championships, shall be removed from athletics department stationery, banners displayed in public areas, and any other forum in which they appear.

To ensure that all institutional and student-athlete vacations are accurately reflected in official NCAA publications and archives, the sports information director (or other designee as assigned by the director of athletics) must contact the NCAA Director of Statistics to identify the specific student-athletes and contests impacted by the order of vacation. In addition, the institution must provide the NCAA statistics department a written report, detailing the discussions with the director of statistics. This document will be maintained in the permanent files of the statistics department. The written report must be delivered to the NCAA statistics department no later than 45 days following the initial Committee on Infractions report release or, if the vacation is appealed, the final adjudication of the appeal.

9. Limit of 15 initial grants-in-aid and 75 total grants in football for each of the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

10. Limit of 12 grants-in-aid in men's basketball for 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. (Institution imposed)

11. Reduce by one the number of men's basketball coaches permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting activity in summer 2010. [USC will have no more than two coaches on road at any time (three permitted)]. (Institution imposed)

12. Reduce the total number of recruiting days in men's basketball by 20 days (from 130 to 110) for the 2010-11 academic year. (Institution imposed) University of Southern California Public Infractions Report June 10, 2010 Page No. 59 __________

13. A fine of $5,000 for student-athlete 1's amateurism violations. (Institution imposed)

14. Return to the NCAA the $206,020 the institution received through the Pacific-10 Conference for its participation in the 2008 men's basketball championship. (Institution imposed) Additionally, due to the ineligible participation of student- athlete 2, and consistent with the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee's January 24, 2000, decision in the Purdue University appeal, the institution shall return to the NCAA all of the moneys it has received to date through Pacific-10 Conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Tournament. Further, all future conference distributions to the institution resulting from its appearance in the 2008 Men's Basketball Tournament that are scheduled to be provided to the institution shall be withheld by the conference and forfeited to the NCAA. A complete accounting of this financial penalty shall be included in the institution's annual compliance reports and, after the conclusion of the probationary period, in correspondence from the conference to the office of the Committees on Infractions.

15. Disassociation of student-athlete 1 (Bush). (Institution imposed)

16. Disassociation of student-athlete 2 (Mayo). (Institution imposed)

17. Disassociation of representative B. (Institution imposed)

18. Further, regarding the disassociations of student-athlete 1, student-athlete 2 and representative B, pursuant to NCAA Bylaws and, the institution shall show cause why it should not be penalized further if it fails to permanently disassociate student-athlete 1 and 2 and representative B from the institution's athletics program based on their involvement in the violations set forth in this report. These disassociations shall include:
a. Refraining from accepting any assistance from the individuals that would aid in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes or the support of enrolled student-athletes;
b. Refusing financial assistance or contributions to the institution's athletics program from the individuals;
c. Ensuring that no athletics benefit or privilege is provided to the individuals, either directly or indirectly, that is not available to the public at large; and University of Southern California Public Infractions Report June 10, 2010 Page No. 60 __________
d. Implementing other actions that the institution determines to be within its authority to eliminate the involvement of the individuals in the institution's athletics program.

19. Released three men's basketball prospective student-athletes from their letters of intent. (Institution imposed)

20. The committee is troubled by the institution's failure to regulate access to practices and facilities, including locker rooms. Therefore, for the period of probation, USC shall prohibit all non-institutional personnel, including representatives of the institution's athletics interests (except media, family members and others approved by the compliance office on a case-by-case basis), from doing the following:
a. Traveling on football and men's basketball team charters;
b. Attending football and men's basketball team practices;
c. Attending or participating in any way with institutional football and men's basketball camps, including the donation of funds to the camps; and
d. Having access to sidelines and locker rooms before, during and after football and men's basketball games. Exceptions may be granted by the compliance office to prospective student-athletes and their families on official paid visits or unofficial visits. The exceptions must be stated in writing and issued by compliance personnel.

21. In reference to reporting and publicizing its infractions, the institution shall:
a. Inform prospective student-athletes in football, men's basketball, and women's tennis that the institution is on probation until June 9, 2014, of the violations committed in the prospect's sport, and the penalties imposed on that sport program. If a prospective student-athlete takes an official paid visit, then information regarding violations, penalties, and terms of probation must be included with information provided in advance of the visit (five-visit rule, 48-hour rule, etc.). Otherwise, the information must be provided before a prospective student-athlete signs a national letter of intent and no later than when the institution provides a prospective student-athlete with the academic data report and information regarding team APR.

University of Southern California Public Infractions Report June 10, 2010 Page No. 61 __________
b. Publicize the information annually in the media guide (or web posting), if any, in football, men's basketball, and women's tennis, as well as in a general institution alumni publication to be chosen by the institution with the assent of the assistant director of the committee on infractions. A copy of the media guide, alumni publication, and information included in recruiting material shall be included in the compliance reports to be submitted annually to the committee on infractions.

22. In maintaining institutional control and a rules compliant athletics program, institutions must rely on the efforts of coaches and staff to abide by the rules and to share any information they have regarding potential rules violations. The assistant football coach had knowledge that student-athlete 1 and agency partners A and B likely were engaged in NCAA violations. He was not credible in his denials of knowing agency partner A or in his claimed failure to remember a telephone call between him and agency partner A. The assistant football coach failed to report information to the compliance staff regarding potential NCAA violations related to the activities of agency partners A and B. He also attested, falsely, that he had no knowledge of NCAA violations. His conduct impeded the institution from fulfilling its responsibilities under NCAA bylaws. His conduct also resulted in findings that he violated NCAA ethical conduct legislation by providing false and misleading information to the enforcement staff as described in Finding B-1-b and that he violated NCAA Bylaw 30.3.5 by signing a document attesting, falsely, that he had no knowledge of NCAA violations involving the institution. For these reasons, the committee imposes on him a one-year show cause period beginning on June 10, 2010, and running through June 9, 2011, during which he is restricted as follows in his athletically related duties at the institution or any subsequent employing institution:

a. The assistant football coach is prohibited from engaging in any on or off- campus recruiting activities or interactions with prospective student- athletes (or their parents or legal guardians) prior to their first full-time enrollment at any institution at which he is employed and whether or not they have signed a National Letter of Intent, accepted an offer of financial aid, or are recruited by the institution as these are or may be defined in NCAA bylaws. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, phone calls and phone conversations; contacts and evaluations as they are or may be defined in NCAA bylaws; electronic transmissions, general correspondence and other recruiting material as they are or may be defined in NCAA bylaws; official and unofficial visit activities; and activities or interactions with prospective student-athletes that are prohibited to a representative of the employing institution's athletics interests.

University of Southern California Public Infractions Report June 10, 2010 Page No. 62 __________ If the assistant football coach is employed at the institution or another member institution at the time of the 2011 NCAA Regional Rules seminars, then he must attend a rules seminar at his own expense and, within one month provide to the Director - Committees on Infractions a list of the sessions he attended, together with his certification of attendance. Should an institution other that USC employ the assistant football coach while these penalties are in effect, it shall submit a report to the Director - Committees on Infractions no later than 30 days after its first employment of him. The report shall set forth the employing institution's understanding of the above-listed penalties that are in effect at the time of employment and its responsibilities to monitor compliance. Pursuant to NCAA Bylaw it may challenge the continued imposition of the above-listed penalties restricting the athletically related duties of the assistant football coach by scheduling an appearance before the Committee on Infractions to show cause why it should not be penalized for failure to comply with the penalties.

At the end of the show-cause period imposed on the assistant football coach or upon termination of employment while the show-cause order is in effect, the president of USC or any subsequent employing institution shall provide a letter to the committee affirming that the penalties were complied with during the time of employment. If the president is unable to so affirm, he shall so inform the committee.

23. During this period of probation, the institution shall:
a. Continue to develop and implement a comprehensive educational program on NCAA legislation, including seminars and testing, to instruct the coaches, the faculty athletics representative, all athletics department personnel and all institution staff members with responsibility for the certification of student-athletes for admission, retention, financial aid or competition;
b. Submit a preliminary report to the office of the Committees on Infractions by July 31, 2010, setting forth a schedule for establishing this compliance and educational program; and
c. File with the office of the Committees on Infractions annual compliance reports indicating the progress made with this program by February 15 of University of Southern California Public Infractions Report June 10, 2010 Page No. 63 __________ each year during the probationary period. Particular emphasis should be placed on monitoring of agents and their associates in their interaction with prospective student-athletes and student-athletes, monitoring student- athlete employment, monitoring access to facilities used by student-athletes for practice and competition, monitoring student-athlete activities involving prospective student-athletes on official visits, student-athlete automobile information, and student-athlete housing. The institution shall include in each annual compliance report copies of any secondary violation self reports in football, men's basketball, and women's tennis, together with information as to who committed the violation if such information is not provided in the self report.
d. The reports must also include documentation of the institution's compliance with the penalties adopted and imposed by the committee.

24. The above-listed penalties are independent of and supplemental to any action that has been or may be taken by the Committee on Academic Performance through its assessment of contemporaneous, historical, or other penalties.

25. At the conclusion of the probationary period, the institution's president shall provide a letter to the committee affirming that the institution's current athletics policies and practices conform to all requirements of NCAA regulations.

Posted by Chris Fetters
12:00 PM

Reffett speaks with Softy

Former UW defensive tackle Jordan Reffett, who had a cup of coffee with the Pittsburgh Steelers, spoke Thursday with Dave 'Softy' Maher on KJR-950AM, and Softy asked Reffett about his thoughts on Pac-10 expansion, as well as the looming sanctions on USC.

Reffett said expansion should be an exciting deal for fans. Said fans should be 'jacked up' to think about playing at Texas. UW needs to go out and 'whump up' on teams like that.

Said 'you aren't messing around anymore' when you go and play teams like Texas and Oklahoma. He said he thought it would take longer, but of course now it's happening right now.

Softy asked him about a conference championship, and Reffett said that the Pac-10 has been lucky not to play a game like that. Being in the NFL, playing three pre-season games and then a 16-game season, it's a long season. He knows it's money-driven, and fans want to see those marquee matchups, but it does wear on the body. We'll see who mans up and is able to make it through.

Softy asked him about USC, and Reffett said that it's about time the playing field was leveled. Said he's not a USC hater, but if you did the crime, you have to do the time.

Posted by Chris Fetters
9:30 AM

Colorado joins the Pac-10

Here is the official statement by the Pac-10, emailed out around 9:15 or so Thursday morning.

The Pacific-10 Conference announced today that the University of Colorado at Boulder has accepted an invitation to join the Conference as it's 11th member, the first new member since July 1, 1978.

"This is an historic moment for the Conference, as the Pac-10 is poised for tremendous growth. The University of Colorado is a great fit for the Conference both academically and athletically and we are incredibly excited to welcome Colorado to the Pac-10," said Commissioner Larry Scott.

"On behalf of The University of Colorado students, faculty, alumni and fans, we are proud to accept this invitation from the Pac-10 and join the most prestigious academic and athletic conference in the nation, " said Philip P. DiStefano, chancellor of CU-Boulder.

"The University of Colorado is a perfect match - academically and athletically - with the Pac-10," said University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson, "our achievements and aspirations match those of the universities in the conference and we look forward to a productive relationship."

Commissioner Scott, Chancellor DiStefano, President Benson, CU Board of Regents Chairman Steve Bosely and CU Athletics Director Mike Bohn and others will hold an official press conference on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11 a.m. MT at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo.

This is expected to be the first move of many that would see up to five more teams from the Big-12 eventually wind up in the Pac-10; Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are expected to make the move, creating the first 'superconference' for collegiate athletics.

Posted by Chris Fetters
11:30 AM

Saturday's KJR podcast is up and running

With apologies, it's taken until now to podcast the last Dawgman radio show on KJR, but now it's here! You can check out our whole Saturday show, or just the two interviews we did - with former UW guard Justin Dentmon, who is now playing professionally, or 2010 football signee Garrett Gilliland, who talked about his decision, as well as what he's doing to get ready to join the Huskies in July.

Big thanks to our producer, Curtis Crabtree, who wasn't with us Saturday, but was able to nonetheless locate the show and make the podcast possible. Click on the link below to get to the podcasts.

Dawgman on KJR podcast page

Posted by Chris Fetters
11:30 AM

Huskies' APR looking good

The numbers from the sixth year of the NCAA APR (Academic Progress Rate) are in, and things are looking very good for the Washington Huskies.

In football, the Huskies were fifth in the Pac-10 with a score of 948. Stanford had the highest score of 976.

Each Division I team calculates its APR annually based on the eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes. Teams scoring below 925 out of 1,000 can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. Rates are based on the past four years of performance. There was only one Pac-10 school under 925 for football, and that was Washington State, with 918.

In men's basketball, the Huskies lead the conference with a whopping 990 score. ASU was next in line with a 972 score. USC was the only Pac-10 school under the 925 threshold, missing the mark by a solitary point.

Here are the other multi-year APR marks for UW athletics, followed by their place in the Pac-10.

BASEBALL - 960 (6th)
MEN'S GOLF - 956 (8th)
MEN'S SOCCER - 961 (5th)
MEN'S TENNIS - 987 (1st)
MEN'S TRACK - 948 (7th)
WOMEN'S SOFTBALL - 964 (6th)
WOMEN'S GOLF - 1000 (tied 1st)
WOMEN'S ROWING - 984 (3rd)
WOMEN'S SOCCER - 994 (tied 1st)
WOMEN'S TENNIS - 961 (8th)
WOMEN'S TRACK - 978 (7th)

And here are the 2008-2009 APR numbers for each sport:
MEN'S GOLF - 972
MEN'S TRACK (indoor) - 938
MEN'S TRACK (outdoor) - 942
WOMEN'S TRACK (indoor) - 970
WOMEN'S TRACK (outdoor) - 969

Posted by Scott Eklund
10:30 AM

Steve Sarkisian and Jake Locker (AP Photo)

Pac 10 Football Media Day

The 2010 Pac-10 Football Media Day will be held on July 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will feature each head coach from the member schools, plus a selected player from each school as well.

Last season, Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian was joined by senior linebacker Donald Butler and this year, fans can expect senior QB Jake Locker to be at the second-year head coach's side.

Posted by Chris Fetters
7:30 PM

Justin Dentmon (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com) On KJR from 9-11 on Saturday morning:
The Dawgman guys will be doing their weekly radio show on KJR 950-AM Saturday morning from 9-11 am, and they have at least two guests set to join them. Former UW hooper Justin Dentmon will talk about his life as a pro player in Israel, as well as his younger brother Bruce, who is an up-and-coming basketball prospect of his own.

In the 10 o'clock hour, we'll be talking with Orange Lutheran LB Garrett Gilliland, who signed with the Huskies in February. We may have another signee on the radio too, so stay tuned to 950 AM if you live in Seattle, and 950 KJR AM if you want to listen live via the web.
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4:15 AM

He's spent a lot of time hanging around Montlake as a fan and recruit the past few years, but in less than five weeks, O'Dea FB Zach Fogerson will officially enroll with the rest of the 2010 recruiting class and begin his Husky football career.

"It's been a long time coming," Fogerson told Dawgman.com recently. "It's like I've been everyone's little brother for so long, which is both good and bad. I mean, Mason Foster always says 'I can't wait to get you out on that field with us' and stuff like that.

"Johri has been really supportive of me and told me what to expect once I got there and I've been around the program for so long, I feel like I've been part of it for a while."

One thing Fogerson said he wasn't looking forward to is what the players like to call 'Big Bertha' -- a 300-plus pound bag that running backs coach Joel Thomas hurls at his players, who then have to absorb the hit and continue on their way.

"I was watching them go through that and I was like 'what?'," Fogerson said. "Then I walked up to it and was goofing around and ran into it and I practically knocked the wind out of myself. That's going to be an adventure working with that thing."

Fogerson said he's been in touch with Thomas and that he knows what he needs to do to be ready when he starts working out with his new teammates.

"I just have to be ready to work hard and constantly compete," Fogerson said. "I committed early, because I wanted to be part of this program, this team and with what coach (Steve) Sarkisian and the rest of the staff is building, I wanted to be a part of that. I'm just going to show up ready to go and do what I can do best and we'll see if I play early or not.

"These coaches will only play the best players, so I know I have my work cut out for me."

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7:21 AM

Charlie Hopkins (Scout.com)

Hopkins choosing Stanford doesn't change Washington's plans

Word leaked out and was confirmed last night that Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wa.) DE/TE Charlie Hopkins had committed to Stanford over Washington. While this is a bit of a blow to the Huskies' plans at defensive end, it isn't like they aren't in the mix for several other prospects at the position.

The Huskies are heavily in the mix for several big-time defensive end prospects and still have a very good shot at pulling in at least two.

Berverly Hills (Ca.) DE Greg Townsend has been considered a USC-lean for quite some time, but Washington is one of a handful of schools who will likely get an official visit from the talented prospect.

Faigame "Puka" Lopa, a rising defensive end prospect from Grant (Sacramento), likes Washington and has an offer. If his friend James Sample, a safety prospect, ends up committing to Washington, then Lopa will definitely be in play. He is also close with current Husky DT Alameda Ta'amu and enjoyed his visit to Seattle when Grant played Bellevue last September and said he hopes to make it up on an unofficial this summer.

Crespi (Encino, Ca.) DE Reggie Coats has a Washington offer and is giving them a long look while Montclair (Van Nuys, Ca.) DE Stephan Nembot just got an offer from Dawgs and has expressed interest.

Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove, Ca.) DE Robert Ash claims and offer from Washington, but at this point that is unconfirmed, however, he's another player the Huskies are recruiting and who likes what Washington has to offer.

Also, keep in mind that current commit Taniela Tupou, a big, physical defensive end from Archbishop Murphy up in Everett, has played strongside end (where Hopkins would have been slated to play) and could remain out there depending on how much weight he gains. He's currently in the 250-pound range and could bulk up to 285, but he's quick enough to play on the edge and remain effective there as well.

Another thing to keep in mind is that we haven't even started "camp season", where a lot of recruits will be on campus to work out for the Husky coaches.

Last year, Washington extended offers to several players after camp concluded and that will probably be the case this year as well.

While losing Hopkins wasn't the ideal situation for the Husky coaches, it also shouldn't be looked at as a major negative either.

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6:00 PM

Danielle Lawrie

Lawrie named Player of the Year for second year in a row

There wasn't a lot of suspense when the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award was announced on Tuesday. For the second year in a row, Washington's Danielle Lawrie took home the award for the nation's top soft-baller...

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Washington senior Danielle Lawrie became the second player ever to repeat as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.

The 9th Annual Award is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I women's collegiate softball and is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher and Lawrie.

"Obviously this is a prestigious award, so I am deeply honored," said Lawrie. "I would not have won it if my team didn't do what it has been doing all year. Everyone has performed at a high level all season and Shawna (Wright), as a freshman, has come in and played so well. So, it's tough for me to take the credit. This is a huge honor and I'm extremely thankful."

Here's the full press release from the University of Washington.

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3:55 PM

Isaiah Stanback claimed by Seahawks

Stanback claimed by Seahawks off waivers

Last month, Isaiah Stanback was released by the New England Patriots, but on the first day of June, his hometown team claimed him off waivers allowing him to continue his pro football career.

Numerous reports have confirmed that former Husky QB Isaiah Stanback, now a receiver in the NFL, was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks.

Here is the post by the Seattle Times' Danny O'Neil in his blog.
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1:55 PM

Paramount OL/DL Maataua Brown

More schools come in to see Husky commit

When he committed to Washington back at the end of March, it came as a bit of a surprise since Paramount (Ca.) OL/DL promised to be a popular 2011 recruit. Dawgman.com spoke with his head coach about things and which new schools have come into the picture...

Spoke to Paramount HC Matt Howard and he said he's hoping to see 'Ma' early next week.

Because Brown has qualified for state in the shot, he hasn't done much with the football team, but will start working out with them once track is over.

Said they had over 10 schools in their offices in one day looking at Brown and all of them have asked "why did he commit to Washington so early?"

Coach Howard said, to his knowledge, that Brown is still solidly committed to Washington, but that USC, Arizona State, San Diego State, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona and Kansas are all after him pretty good right now.

No new offers though, so that might change things if it eventually happens.

I am hoping to speak to Brown directly next week.

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7:15 AM

Husky signee Colin Tanigawa

Tanigawa won't let injury keep him down

Spoke with Husky 2010 signee Colin Tanigawa over the weekend and he updated me on things including how he's doing after suffering an injury last week in an All-Star practice.

"After not hitting for something like six months, they went full pads and full contact and someone fell right into my knee," Tanigawa said of the scare he got last week. "When I went to the doctor right after it happened, they looked at it, X-Rayed it and worked on it and they said they thought it was okay.

"I'm going in Wednesday to have an MRI on it, just to make sure nothing is wrong that they couldn't see, but they said I probably just bruised or or sprained it, so that was a relief."

Tanigawa said until the injury to his right knee, he had been lifting three or four times a week and and really gained in strength since we last spoke to him.

"I'm not really maxing at all, just doing heaving rep sets," Tanigawa said. "I do sets of seven and my bench is at 275 with a set of seven and my squat is at 400 in a set of seven.

"I was doing agility training and running, so I was getting in great shape. I'll take it easy for a week or so on my knee, but I should be back at it soon. After the first day, it was really sore, but every day since it happened it's gotten less sore and easier to walk."

Tanigawa said that Husky defensive coordinator Nick Holt spoke to him recently and they talked about where he will start out along the line.

"He said to expect to play guard, but that they may give me some looks at center as well," Tanigawa said. "I'm open to anything because the more versatile you are the better chance you have of playing."

Tanigawa will be in Seattle on July 11th to start the summer Bridge Program with most of his 2010 classmates.

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