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August 28, 2006

Arizona does B.C.

Posted by Bob Condotta at 12:45 PM

Here's an interesting story out of Tucson about a trip Arizona will make this weekend to Vancouver, B.C., to play a set of games against Canadian teams. Oregon also recently concluded a similar trip to the Bahamas.

The obvious question I'm sure you'd have is why can't the Huskies do the same thing?

One, they can, though NCAA rules limit how often.

Teams are allowed to take foreign trips once every four years. UW, however, apparently hasn't taken one since 1997, the summer before the Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 under Bob Bender. Most thought the foreign trip had a lot to do with that team's subsequent success.

UW was scheduled for another one in Bender's last year but that one was scrapped when Bender was fired.

They haven't gone on one since, though word is they may try to take one next summer.

One other problem for UW, however, is that freshmen can only take such a trip if school is in session. Because UW doesn't start classes until late September, that will always be a problem. And in a year like this, it would make it hardly worth doing since the freshmen will be such a big part of the team.