We used to be in there, now we’re out here
After the regular season was complete, there was no denying that the 2011-12 campaign was wildly disappointing for both Washington and Washington State, with preseason expectations unmet and questions lingering about the futures of the respective programs. The Huskies had been left, controversially (and justifiably), out of the NCAA tournament after their lackluster season, while [...]
In: NCAA hoops16 Mar 2012
The NIT is a funny thing. Completely obliterated by the shadow of the gargantuan NCAA tournament occurring at the same time, the once-proud tournament shuffles along quietly, the lone excuse given is that it allows teams to get extra practices and games in to help with next season. For the players, however, the NIT is [...]
So this is what Jake Locker came back to school for? To lead a 6-6 Washington team to a win over a disinterested Nebraska squad in a snoozer of a Holiday Bowl? Well, good for you, I guess, Jake. You threw away $30 million to say that you led the Huskies back to prominence (?) by [...]
To give you an idea of how wide open the Pac-10 tournament is this year, you can take the bottom feeders (WSU, Oregon, Stanford, OSU) out of the picture and make a convincing argument that any of the remaining five (USC is ineligible) teams could walk away with the trophy and the conference’s automatic berth in [...]
In order to be considered a Top 25 team you must be able to win games on the road. In order to get proper consideration from the NCAA Tournament committee, you’ve got to show you can win away from home. The Washington Huskies continue to prove they are not ready for prime time by continuing their abysmal [...]
All the pieces are in place for a stunning Washington upset of No. 3 USC – the Trojans are coming off an emotional victory over Ohio State, freshman starter Matt Barkley is out of the game due a shoulder injury, the Trojans always biff one conference game against a huge underdog and the UW coaching [...]
For the first time in years, optimism abounds in Montlake, but sunshine and rainbows don’t win football games, so it’s looking like another long year for Washington. Of course, nothing can be as bad as last year’s nightmarish 0-12 campaign, the final remnant of the Tyrone Willingham dictatorship era. So, even modest improvements will make [...]
When I first found out that Steve Sarkisian was Twittering, my immediate thought was sympathy for the poor athletic department lackey who had to pretend to be the new University of Washington football coach.
So imagine my surprise that Sarkisian — with some help — actually is doing the Tweeting (?), enlightening his 2,462 followers with these bon mots from spring practice: “What a great day for football, practice starts at 1 p.m.” and “Compliance and staff meeting this morning, cannot wait for practice, hope to see you out there.”
Welcome to the new world of college football coaching, where marketing your team is just as important as making sure they’re ready to play on Saturday. The days of the mythical, omnipotent college football coach are just about over (JoePa and Bobby Bowden are the lone holdouts), leaving the new breed of successful coach as one who can balance on-field leadership and off-field self-promotion.
On this bitter morning after for the Washington Huskies, they’ll spend the long offseason wondering what happened in the first half of their second-round tournament loss to Purdue, when the Boilermakers dominated them on both sides of the court and built an 11-point lead that proved to be just enough. Make no mistake, Purdue is [...]
* Washington provided a strong response to those who thought it might be upset by Mississippi State by suffocating the Bulldogs in a 71-58 victory that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Powered by a swarming defense, the Huskies snuffed out MSU’s long-range attack, and with Bulldogs star Jarvis Varnardo sidelined with foul trouble, [...]
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