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January 27, 2008 12:23 PM

On today's story

Posted by Bob Condotta

I see a number of you have already used this space to comment on The Times' investigative series that began today and will run through Wednesday.

And as is to be expected, the comments are passionate and running the gamut of emotions.

Feel free to use this space to express those emotions, and ask questions, and I will do what I can to address your concerns. The editors of the series are also reading comments e-mailed at

The series, as noted in the credits, is a Seattle Times special report produced by our investigative team. It runs for four days and like watching a mini-series or something, is best viewed in its entirety. So while I welcome all comments here, I also encourage you to take it all in before casting final judgment.

A couple of the main questions I have seen in your comments concern its timing and whether this is being done simply to put UW in a bad light.

As for the timing, it was not aimed at the recruiting season. The timing coincides with the conclusion of the recent season, the departure of Todd Turner and the debate surrounding the future of Tyrone Willingham.

As for this showing an anti-UW bias, the newspaper has no ax to grind with UW. Many key people at the Times graduated from UW and have great affection for the school. But it is a key institution in this state and in our region, and we have committed significant resources to covering the school through the years. But as with any key institution, the paper feels it is important to shine a light on all aspects of it.

As for why we are writing now about events that happened eight years ago, the Times felt it was important to share these previously undisclosed details involving the 2000 team because the UW athletic program is at a crossroads: Its athletic director just left, its coach is under fire and the team is being challenged to become a winner while retaining its integrity. The feeling was that maybe a better understanding of what happened then will also lead to a better understanding of the challenges being faced by those trying to rebuild it now.

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