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December 15, 2007 9:23 PM

A few answers

Posted by Bob Condotta

So many questions on the questions thread the other day that it makes more sense to give out a few answers at a time, so that's what we'll do.

ON THE BLOG FORMAT: There have been a number of questions about the blog itself. One quick answer to all of those is that I can't do anything myself to the blog. The Times has a number of blogs that all have the same format and the desire is to keep them uniform --- the technology is the same for all of them. Some of the tech people at the Times are talking about some changes now that we are few years into this and I will bring up your suggestions in those meetings. As for people impersonating other posters, I keep hoping that people will behave and try to follow the rules. When we can, we will delete posts of those who don't. Some of you have been good about pointing out people impersonating you and I have taken action when alerted and will continue to do that. But I'm really hoping we can avoid spending a lot of time on matters like that.

DOES DON JAMES HAVE ANY INTEREST IN BEING AD, OR AT LEAST BEING AN INTERIM? HAS JAMES SAID ANYTHING ABOUT JIM MORA'S FITNESS TO BE UW'S HEAD COACH?: Part of that is moot as UW has already named Scott Woodward as an interim AD. But James is happily retired and I don't think he has any intentions of taking on any kind of full-time job again. Plus, he'll be 75 years old on Dec. 31. I think it's time to let James be retired in peace. As for what James thinks of Mora, I'm sure he'd be a great coach. But James is the last guy who would say anything to undermine the current Husky coach, even if he felt that way, so I don't think you'll hear James pumping up a Mora candidacy anytime soon.

WHEN DO THE CONTRACTS FOR THE ASSISTANT COACHES RUN OUT? ANYTHING NEW ON THEIR STATUS?: As for whether there is anything new, trust me, the minute there is concrete news we'll report it here as quickly as we can. As for their contracts, they run out June 30, 2008. It is standard at UW for all contracts to run on the fiscal year, meaning July 1-June 30, and that is the case with the contracts with the assistants. But that really doesn't mean much in terms of their future --- if Tyrone Willingham wants to make a change, their contract status doesn't matter much other than ensuring that that person will get paid through June 30. But that wouldn't preclude a change.

IS THERE ANY THOUGHT OF CHANGING THE DEFENSIVE SCHEME FOR NEXT YEAR?: Well, first we have to see if there are going to be any coaching changes on that side of the ball, especially with the coordinator. If there is, it will be up to that person to decide in concert with Willingham. If not, however, Kent Baer has already said publicly that he might consider going more with a 3-4 look next season to take advantage of the team's abundance of linebackers and make up for the lack of experienced defensive linemen. I would think that would be the most logical major scheme change you might see as UW will return five LBs who have started --- Trenton Tuiasosopo, Donald Butler, E.J. Savannah, Mason Foster and Chris Stevens.

IS DINO BABERS GOING TO BE THE NEW RUNNING BACKS COACH? Babers, now at UCLA, sounds like a real good candidate and word is he's very interested. However, word also is that he might be interested in staying at UCLA under a new head coach, so this one could depend on what the Bruins ultimately do.

ANY POSITION CHANGES FOR THE SPRING? Nothing has been set yet, according to Willingham. But he said he is specifically considering some moves to beef up the defensive line, which leads to inevitable conjecture that maybe Johnie Kirton moves to that side of the ball to play end.

DO RECRUITS WHO ENROLL EARLY LIKE CHRIS POLK COUNT AGAINST LAST YEAR'S CLASS OR THIS YEAR'S? They can count against either one. But in UW's case, it helps them most to count against 2007, so that's what I would think will happen here.

More later.

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