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June 4, 2008 11:58 AM

Huskies to hit Bellingham

Posted by Bob Condotta

It's a big week in Bellingham for Husky-related events, highlighted by Jake Locker's probable debut playing summer baseball.

Locker is expected to play in the opener Friday night for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.

However, the weather forecast is pretty bad for Friday in Bellingham, so that could derail those plans. The league requires that all players finish up schooling before they are eligible to play, and Locker is expected to take his final test of the quarter earlier Friday to make up eligible to play this weekend. Word I have gotten is that Locker is expected to play in most, if not all, of the team's weekend home games, and possibly a few of the closer road trips. He may miss a lot of weekday games due to football commitments at UW.

Also this week in Bellingham is the Coaches Tour event Thursday at the Bellingham Country Club. It had been initially reported that Locker would attend that event, but he apparently will not be able to due to a last-minute scheduling conflict.

However, those who will attend include: Lorenzo Romar, Cameron Dollar, Tia Jackson, Tim Lappano, volleyball player Christal Morrison and John Buller, PR Coordinator for the Husky Stadium renovation project.

More info can be found here at

Head football coach Tyrone Willingham will not attend as he is instead attending the 5th Annual Marine Corps Classic celebrity golf tournament a four-day event in Jacksonville, N.C., Willngham's hometown.

Here are more details on that event.

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Posted by a few good men

1:25 PM, Jun 04, 2008

be careful tyrone haters, he may have col. jessup order a code red on yer ass! that means you mellodawg- aka private santiago.

Posted by Finn Hill Dawg

2:20 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Coaches tour hits Bellingham.

Willingham golfing in North Carolina.

What a fraud.

Posted by N. Forest Dawg

2:32 PM, Jun 04, 2008

404 error on the schedule -- try this instead.

Here's a link to Jake's bio.

If they're playing, I'll be there! It's walking distance from my house!

Posted by twalker

2:50 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Maybe his last minute scheduling conflict on Thursday is studying for his final on Friday!

Posted by Gabe

2:51 PM, Jun 04, 2008

These coaches certainly live large on the public fisc. This is enough to make more MelloDawgs out of the rest of us who are still wishy-washy on the subject of retention. If TW does go by the boards after another losing season, let's get a good high school coach, pay him a third of TW's salary, and let the chips fall where they may. Troy Must Be Destroyed (but only after the Demolition of the Ducks).

Posted by TMBD

2:52 PM, Jun 04, 2008

A good high school coach like Steve Gervais?

Posted by Formerly Guest

3:00 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Looking at the coaches on the hot seat website...

TW makes more then Stoops, who makes less then 1.1 million/yr. Kirk Ferentz at Iowa appears to make over 3 million per yr.

Posted by Two Dawgs

3:02 PM, Jun 04, 2008

"These coaches certainly live large on the public fisc.This is enough to make more MelloDawgs out of the rest of us who are still wishy-washy on the subject of retention."

Any reason to believe that the public is paying for this?

Posted by Gabe

3:13 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Public is paying the salaries of the folks on Montlake. So we should have high expectations for their performance. In this regard, Troy Must Be Destroyed.

Posted by townbizness

3:43 PM, Jun 04, 2008

HOw much golf is Ty gonna play this offseason?
Maybe aftter the Golf Tourney he's gonna shoot another Digornio commercial..Didn't the guy just get back from a golf tourney in Dallas??

Posted by Formerly Guest

3:53 PM, Jun 04, 2008

I just read this on coaches hot seat, in case anyone is interested...

They project Belotti getting fired after next season-

Posted by Dave

8:58 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Wow, I just really don't see MB getting fired down there. Admittedly his successes have come with huge help from Uncle Phil (and from Jeff Tedford as OC in prior years), and some Ducks may find his family to be an embarrassment, but do they really want to fire their most successful coach ever? I just don't see it, much as I'd like to see turmoil down there, I can't believe they'd really do it unless MB had 2 consecutive really bad seasons.

Posted by Formerly Guest

9:47 PM, Jun 04, 2008

I was surprised as well. I think the point the site makes is their program and Phil Knight expect him to rule the conference with all teh advantages the University and Knight have given him, and the fact they seemed poised to dominate the conference from 2002 onward. The monkey wrench was Carroll came in and revitalized USC, and UO has always crashed late in the season.

I missed all the embarrasment his family seems to have caused. I have heard people make reference to it on tis board, but I don't know the details, frankly.
As UO has finally become successful, they have finally become a program where, this web site contends, the next .500 or lower season is going to lead them to ditch MB.

Posted by Dave

10:29 PM, Jun 04, 2008

His ex-wife was allegedly caught in flagrante delicto with another man in public. Then his son Luke, a Duck football player, had a DUI that a local columnist took the school to task over because supposedly it looked like UO was trying to sweep the incident under the rug. Then the ex-wife reacted to that column by showing up drunk in the press box and verbally attacking the columnist. Good times all around.

Posted by Dave

10:33 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Back to the main point, it is just not realistic even with the Nike connection for the Duck boosters (or even just Uncle Phil) to expect them to rule the Pac-10. We are talking about a school with basically no tradition or natural recruiting base to speak of. If ruling the Pac-10 is the standard then no coach will ever be a success there.

Posted by phinney ridge dawg

8:15 AM, Jun 05, 2008


Your posts are usually very insightful and spot on. And I agree with your argument that it would not be rational for the Ducks to fire Belotti if the Ducks go 6-6 next year. But I think you are making the unwarranted assumption that the Ducks are rational.

They just made one of their boosters the AD and everybody knows that PK calls the shots. If he does not think 6-6 is a decent return on his sizable investment, he will pull the plug on Belotti. In my view, it would be a big mistake (not that I like Belotti, I just don't see Oregon getting anyone better), and therefore something to hope for. It would hasten the demolition of the Ducks.

Posted by Formerly Guest

11:14 AM, Jun 05, 2008


Thanks for the update on the dirt. And I agree, I think they need to temper their expectations and it would be mistake to fire him. I was surprised to come across such an idea, which is why I posted the link.

But I think Phinney Ridge Dawg hits the nail on the head. They have world-class resources, so now he labors under world-class expectations.

It is an interesting juxatposition, them with us. We let our program go, did not invest in it, and now we give our guy a lot of rope - compared to what some people think UO is going to give their own guy.

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