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August 4, 2008 1:54 PM

Media day notes, Savannah academically ineligible

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW coach Tyrone Willingham met with the media for about 30 minutes or so today, then players also met with reporters for a while as the team kicked off the beginning of the season. The first practice will begin at 3:45 p.m. and will be open to the media.

Here are a few quick news and notes from the media session:

--- Willingham said that E.J. Savannah is academically ineligible but that there are also some other issues, saying that "when that is cured, we will at that time talk about his status with the team.'' Savannah is also still recovering from a broken humerus bone, and Willingham said he wouldn't be able to play right now, anyway. Willingham said he wouldn't give specifics on the other issues with Savannah but that "the parties involved know what they are.'' He labeled Savannah's suspension as "indefinite'' and that there is no timetable for his return. "Sometimes these things can change over night and sometimes they may be forever,'' he said. Willingham said the team's three starting LBs heading into practice are Donald Butler, Mason Foster and Josh Gage.

--- Willingham did not go into detail on any of the freshmen but said all are academic-related. Interestingly, the team has 101 players right now and can have no more than 105 this season. There are currently five players facing academic issues still apparently trying to get onto the roster for this season, meaning UW coaches may already be counting one of them out. Besides Savannah, the other four are freshmen Craig Noble, Demitrius Bronson, Senio Kelemete and Vince Taylor.

--- Willingham said the the recovery for Juan Garcia has gone as well as hoped so far but that it now takes on a different level with the start of practice. He said he didn't know when Garcia would be able to return to practice or when he might be able to play, saying the team would be "cautious'' with him.

--- He said Brandon Johnson and Jason Wells are recovered and ready to go, as is Ryan Tolar.

--- Chancellor Young returns with just one year of eligibility left. Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said he thought Young could help immediately on special teams but that he would need to see more of him in camp to get a read on how much he would be able to help at receiver. Willingham said Young faced some academic issues, as well as some other unspecified issues, during his absence from the team ---- he was last with the team during the spring of 2006.

--- Asked if he expected the Huskies to play in a bowl game this season, Willingham simply said "yes'' and then took the next question. Some will likely make a big deal out of that, but I don't know what else he could say. He certainly can't say no.

--- Jake Locker also met with the media and said his goal for the season is to complete 65 percent of his passes. That would be a hefty increase from last year's 47 percent.

More later.

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Posted by John

2:26 PM, Aug 04, 2008

If Locker can complete 65% then we are in a bowl game.

Posted by KC

2:26 PM, Aug 04, 2008


Make me a believer, win 8.



Posted by augiedawg70

2:26 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Hell, we'll win at least seven games this year if Locker can complete even 60 percent of his passes.

Posted by Matt

2:43 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Whats up with Bellevue High School kids! Does that school coddle them so much that they cannot do anything?

Posted by Formerly Guest

2:44 PM, Aug 04, 2008

I guess I have some stupid questions:

1) Has Savanah already used his redshirt year? I seem to recall he has, for medical reasons.
2) How the heck can he retun at any point this year if he is academically inelgibile? Wouldn't he be ineligibile due to letting his GPA get too low? If so, it would seem the soonest he could raise it would be end of fall quarter, as summer quarter is over, right? Grades are in, and he is out, correct?
3) Were Senemente and Taylor at the bridge program? If so, how are they not able to start the year with academic eligibility?
4) How does a guy from Eastside Catholic not make the roster due to academics? I am just...surpirsed. It is low of me to single out Taylor like that...but

Posted by Godawgs123

2:55 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Bob is E.J. ineligable for the whole year, or just until he fixes his grades? Thanks.

Posted by Reality Check

2:56 PM, Aug 04, 2008

* We need good news coming out of camp, not this kind of stuff.

* I'm done listening to KJR950 until they drop that bonehead Ian Furness (sp?). He's a cougar, and makes no bones about it. I guess that's fine if that's the direction the station wants to go. But he was just on the radio with Molly Yanity (sp?), and I wanted to vomit. Ian could not have been more obviously delighted with the fact that Savannah was having academic problems, and you could hear the huge $#!+ eatin' grin on his face when he was talking about the Izbicki story.

As an aside, what the hell is the "Husky Flagship Station" doing with a cougar on all afternoon? Moreover, who the hell forms these relationships in UW's athletic's office? We're hooked up with a radio station that has an openly cougar, cougar. And then we do our merchandising with the pimp for the yucks? Crazy!

* During one of the few interesting parts of the interview with Yanity, she said Husky fans have a whacked sense of reality. She said 6 wins would be an incredible accomplishment for this coaching staff. Honest to Pete. Is our program SO bad that going .500 is considered a miracle?

Posted by 2Tite 4U FoSho

2:59 PM, Aug 04, 2008


Posted by danny

3:04 PM, Aug 04, 2008

I think we need Craig Noble in camp and on the roster this year. Losing Savannah hurts, no doubt, but Noble may be the best d-lineman we signed last year. He completely owned the Kalil kid in some camps last summer, and if I'm not mistaken Kalil (USC) was considered by many the #1 offensive line recruit in the country last year.

Posted by Ducks Dominate 8-30

3:05 PM, Aug 04, 2008 response to your last question about going .500....YES.

Please go buy some more NIKE gear.

Posted by brockmandawg

3:11 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Bob, I wonder if you can go in depth and figure out UW's academic qualifying procedure, and tell us whether it is more challenging to get in than other schools. I'm told its second most rigorous, behind Stanford. I'm really getting tired of seeing all these quality recruits getting disqualified and delayed.

Here's an example: apparently Blackman didn't get into the bridge program, which means that he can't enroll until January, which means he can't play in 08. Does oregon have a bridge program? USC? WSU? Because Oregon just picked up a high level lb a couple days ago and it looks like he will be allowed to play this fall. Is UW admissions making it tougher on UW than other schools??? omg im so sad. :(

Posted by jh

3:12 PM, Aug 04, 2008 it true that willingham picked up his second 2009 commitment today?...a one-star player that wasn't even on his original list of potential recruits?...

...this should be an embarrassment to the UW football program, the alumni, the fans and groundskeepers...the Pac-10 is having a laugh at willingham's and the university's expense...

Posted by nevadadawg

3:13 PM, Aug 04, 2008

65% completions?

Anyone know what lanes of the track he is talking about?

Posted by jh

3:17 PM, Aug 04, 2008

...p.s. to brock....every bad recruiting coach blames the admissions policy of a ND willingham...who had the absolute worse recruiting record in the history of the university...consistenty blamed admissions for his 30 and 40 ratings...this same ND admissions policy gave Weis and 8th, 8th, and 1st for the last three years...

Posted by neillandbob

3:25 PM, Aug 04, 2008

RC - now you know what's it's like having to hear softy and his brand of garbage over and over. KJR is SEATTLE sports radio, not a husky neil and bob only station.

i've alreadty written my 8/31 post to you, pure poetry.

Posted by bigelow

3:25 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Its comical to see Bob's frustration with Willingham spilling through to his posts recently.

At a time when Willingham should be doing anything to create interest and sell the program - he continues with the righteous, stiff upper lip act that wins him no friends or support. That act might work if you consistently win 7-8 games, but when you post the results he has posted - its just tedious.

You can see the negative impact his attitude has on the working press just by reading the tone in all of Bob's Husky Football l related articles and posts. And in theory - Bob is supposed to be someone who SUPPORTS Husky Football.

If he can’t even win over Bob - how can Willingham win over his players, recruits, his assistant coaches, and his fans?

125 days and counting til day after last game - and Willingham gets shown the door…...

Posted by BainbridgeDawg

3:26 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Ty is already lining up his list of excuses for his November meeting with Emmert:

The OCC was the most difficult in the nation...

I lost my two top senior recruits for being boneheads...

I lost a fourth of my recruiting class for being boneheads...

The sun was in my eyes...

Jake was hurt....

My tightend (and likely others) were in jail...

You've only given me four years...

In his best John Belushi imitation...

"It wasn't my fault"

Posted by Husky19

3:27 PM, Aug 04, 2008

and 3 wins on 2007...

Posted by Excited Duck Fan

3:28 PM, Aug 04, 2008

hey neilandbob, please repost the 8/31 poetry!

Posted by Reality Check

3:29 PM, Aug 04, 2008

duck dork --

I'm asking this sincerely. When folks like you come on here with your "clever" one liners, what is the point?

Are you just an annoying person all the time who likes to piss people off? I'm trying to get a peek into the mind of an @$$hole to see what makes people like you tick.

Honestly, what do you get out of going onto another team's blog to dump your drivel? Does it give you a buzz to know you're annoying people? Seriously, I'm curious. Please explain.

Posted by Porter

3:36 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Reality Check - I'm from Portland and was thrilled when I heard Ian Fentress announce he was moving to Seattle. Between him and "Big Suke" (who's from BYU), I thought I was listening to some form of all-Cougar radio. I hate when sportscasters don't serve their local market and are either A) homers for their alma maters or B) try to be a national program when they should be serving the local market.

Posted by Reality Check

3:39 PM, Aug 04, 2008

yet another duck dork --

Not sure I get the Neil and Bob reference. Is that an attempt at spelling or something? For what it's worth, I believe Bob actually went to wazzu, so I'm not sure what you're trying to drive at there *bleep* for brains.

At any rate, please answer my question. Are you a person who just bugs everyone in life and that's how you get your jollies? I'm actually curious and asking this in all seriousness. Folks like you come on here, drop a pathetic attempt at a one liner that is clearly designed to piss people off, and then ??? Sit back and enjoy the fact that you've bothered people?

Please do tell. What exactly do you get out of acting like that?

Posted by Ducks Dominate

3:39 PM, Aug 04, 2008


Imagine this scenario. You have an outstanding, All American receiver type....someone like Terrill Owens or Randy Moss playing for the Dawgs. Let's say he is lining up against a pretty average Duck corner and before every play your All American starts talking trash. Something like your mother is ugly and your girlfriend is worse. Do your think there is any chance that got under the skin of the Duck. Welcome to the world of sports....looks like it worked with you.

Posted by Reality Check

3:41 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Last time I checked Pulman was a long ways from Seattle. Sure, a lot of cougs live in this area, but I'd expect there to be a heavy slant towards the local teams. Just like I wouldn't expect a ton of Trail Blazer coverage here when they're talking NBA. (Although, I guess that comparison doesn't really work now.)

Posted by Reality Check

3:45 PM, Aug 04, 2008

duck dork --

Your analogy makes no sense. I'm not lined up on a field. I'm just a dude who jumps on here in hopes of reading intersting Husky chat. Talking trash to a guy in a game might work on some. But this isn't a football game. Upsetting someone reading a newspaper blog serves no purpose other than being a &$*@#. Get a grip. We're not lined up on a field talking trash. What are you? 12 years old?

Anyway, by the looks of it, this "Husky" blog is now officially a whoregon duck blog. Good luck with it, Bob. I imagine more and more Huskies will begin to go elsewhere because they're tired of reading crap posted by duck fans. What a bunch of classless, @$$holes. Worst school and fans in the entire pac10 conference.

Posted by Husky19

3:47 PM, Aug 04, 2008


Talk all the crap you want, but when that average corner gets the better of the All American WR and makes him look dumb all day long, what's the AA WR gained??


Just like Barry Sanders said, why celebrate when you score a TD unless you don't expect to ever score again!

Posted by

4:00 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Just a note...Vince Young's completion % his first year was similar to Jakes then he went up to 65.2 and we all know what he did in the Rose Bowl..Hopefully Jake can mirror that...

Posted by Reality Check

4:06 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Husky19 --

Good point.

And call me old fashioned, but I just hate all of this trash talking crap. It seems Miami took it to another level in the 80's and now it's almost mainstream. And I'll admit I allow myself to get sucked into it, but it's just because it seems so damn juvenille. And after a while, I can't listen to it any more without addressing the culprits.

I've got a great friend who is a USC alum (don't hate me.) And the guy's totally cool about it. I've got friends who are cougs, beavs, etc. So I know not everyone acts that way. But the ducks (and some cougs) just seem to get off on being annoying. And it gets terribly old and I honestly don't get what people like that derive from acting like idiots. I guess having people hate them gives them a thrill or something. It's just bassackwards in my opinion.

Anyway, back to Husky stuff...

I could be mistaken, but does anyone get the impression that Juan Garcia could actually see the field earlier than expected? Every time I hear a report, it seems it's going better than expected. And it sounds like he's even participating in some activities at this point. I know it's an injury that you can't rush, but... Is there any chance they're slow playing his recovery and we may actually see him on the field at the start of the season?

Posted by jackelovestoneillandbob

4:11 PM, Aug 04, 2008

EDF - oh no, this piece of poetry must wait until it can not be debated, after our "one for the thumb", in a row....

I don't want RC, Augie, Jordan, Felch to have any headstart on the excuses.

see you in 'gene.

Posted by jackelovestoneillandbob

4:14 PM, Aug 04, 2008

RC - you are clever indeed.

Neil and Bob - or is that just what you do, ohhhh!

proper cred: Andrew "Dice" Clay

Posted by Seattle Duck

4:43 PM, Aug 04, 2008

RC -

I follow both UW and UO blogs (UW, because they're PAC-10 and I live in Seattle, so it's difficult NOT to follow) and the wind blows both ways, with regards to fans from either camp dropping in to talk smack and stir the pot, so to speak. This goes for all other PAC-10 team blogs and their major rivals, so it's not too surprising from my point of view. I can side with you, as nothing is more annoying than having to suffer through inane banter when you're looking for quality info and some meaningful analysis.

I found it interesting that you mention both UO and WSU fans as getting off on being annoying, and given that they're the biggest rivalries of UO you're probably right. Just by virtue of their affiliation they are annoying. And they post on your blob. And UW fans post on theirs. And the cycle continues. On the UO blogs, most of the similar type of foe-posts are from UW and OSU; all typical prodding expected, but magnified given the source.

I don' t have any patience for stupid posts that are pure fan-flaming (Dutch Oven-inducing?), regardless of the team affiliation. I'll continue to read on, but you won't find many posts from me as I don't have much of an opinion on the UW program. I do sincerely hope that you stomp all over BYU, though. No one likes BYU.

Go PAC-10.

Posted by Reality Check

5:11 PM, Aug 04, 2008

Seattle Duck --

Thanks for the level headed post. I guess I just come here looking for Dawg talk, and it drives me nuts to wade through 12-year-old style "we own you b-tches" type posts. It adds nothing and clearly serves no intended purpose other than to hopefully ruffle some feathers. (Or fur in this case. I suppose I should choose my words carefully when addressing a duck!)

At any rate, I appreciate the fair post. I am also disgusted by any Dawg fan who would waste their time looking to create trouble for others. To me, it's about fun and supporting YOUR team, not going out of your way to ruin a good time for other people.

Posted by Chuck

6:13 PM, Aug 04, 2008

The Washington one man show will be derailed by the determined Ducks. I expect the Huskies to bring thier "A" game, but the importance of this match up, Oregon's home field advantage and superior talent will be too much for them to overcome. It should be a very fun game to watch...Go Ducks!!!!


Posted by Bob Condotta

9:44 AM, Aug 05, 2008

Formerly Guest --- Alll good questions. Hopefully you still see it here.

Savannah redshirted in 2005 due to the neck injury he had so he can't redshirt again.

I'm assuming he is in summer school ---- there is a second session going on right now --- and maybe that is how he can raise his grades to get eligible.

I'm assuming Kelemte and Taylor are each clerical NCAA things as they were in the bridge program, indicating an initial acceptance at UW. I was told Evergreen has had some issues with transcripts due to some change in how they do things there, so that may be Kelemete's deal.

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