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Seniors Joe Turner, Kenjamine Jackson, Randy Bacon, and junior Jeff Gudaitis pulled off a minor upset in the 4x100m relay to nab the third and final automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships. Turner, the only returnee from the 2008 Pac-10 Championship 4x1 group, anchored the Huskies to a season-best time of 40.18 seconds. It could have been the final meet for the three seniors, yet now they'll get to continue on to Fayetteville, Arkansas in two weeks.
Senior All-American and Pac-10 Champion Jordan Boase got out quick in the 400m dash final and took the title in 45.94 seconds. A hamstring cramp in the 200m final at Pac-10's had forced Boase to pull up two weeks ago, but he looked to be feeling just fine today. Gudaitis, meanwhile, earned his first ever individual NCAA bid just an hour after the relay, as he placed fourth in the 400m in a season-best 46.90. Gudaitis was seeded just sixth entering the final and ran in the outside lane next to Boase.
A full recap will be posted later this evening.
In what could have been the last meet of her collegiate career, senior pole vaulter Andrea Peterson made sure she would stick around through NCAA's, as she turned in the performance of her life today to place second at NCAA West Regionals. Peterson turned in the second-best pole vault in school history today, setting new personal-bests on back-to-back vaults to qualify for her first ever NCAA Championships.
The first day of Regional action is still ongoing at Oregon's Hayward Field, but it will be hard to top Peterson's performance as the highlight. Her clearance of 13-feet, 9.75 inches is the second-best in school history, behind only former NCAA Champion Kate Soma.
A full recap will be posted to GoHuskies.com later tonight, but here are a few of the beaming Peterson's comments after she received congratulations from several family members and friends.
On moving to 2nd on UW's all-time Top-10: "I'm in so much shock right now. My idols have pole vaulted at UW. Absolutely phenomenal female vaulters, and to be second all-time is ridiculous, I don't even know how that happened! It's been really, really fun. It was a really good day."
On her day: "I peaked at the right time and I'm so excited that happened. I've been battling injuries all year. I'm in awe, I had no idea this was going to happen. I had it in the back of my mind that this could because I'd been practicing really well, so as long as practice played over to the meet I felt this could happen."
On the specific vaults: "I was just really focused, I knew I could do it. I looked at the crossbar and I knew I could clear it. And then one PR after another it feels really good. I had so many people here, we're close just right across the border."
It's pouring rain here in Cherry Hill, NJ, complete with thunder and lightning. The weather is supposed to clear up overnight tonight and it's supposed to be around 80 and sunny tomorrow, which certainly beats the 103-degree weather Washington competed in at the Pac-10 Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif. two weeks ago!
The first day of racing went according to plan. All three Husky boats advanced to the semifinals, set for tomorrow morning. The ladies seemed relaxed and happy after the first round of racing... Lots of laughter and joking. After the completion of the heat races, all 20-odd athletes walked back to the hotel, showered and relaxed for a few hours. Then they hit the water again at 4:30pm ET for a quick lap around the race course, just to "get the blood flowing," according to second varsity coxswain Isabelle Woodward.
Meanwhile, the repechages were being held for the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four boats that failed to qualify for semis this morning. The top three from each repechage moved on to the semis. Of the 16-team field, only two failed to qualify for the semifinals in any of the three events: Dartmouth and Oregon State. Those two will race in the third finals on Sunday to place out 15th and 16th.
After the repechage races, lane assignments were drawn for the semifinal races tomorrow. Those can be found on a GoHuskies.com. Washington is in the first varsity eight semifinal at 9am ET, the second 2V8 semifinal at 9:45 ET and the first varsity four semifinal at 10:00 ET.
And if your rowing jones isn't sated yet, check out the great story and photogallery in today's Seattle Times or by going here. Steve Kelley did a really good job of capturing the sport.
More from New Jersey tomorrow!
The Husky men's golf team is halfway through its NCAA quarterfinal match against Arkansas and the two teams are virtually even. Juniors Darren Wallace and Nick Taylor are leading their matches, while Richard Lee is even against Arkansas' David Lingmerth. Chris Killmer's match against Jason Cuthbertson is tight, with only one hole separating the two throughout the round.
Despite feeling like they didn't perform up to "par" during the first three rounds of the NCAA golf championships at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, the Washington men's golf team finished the individual portion of the tournament tied for third place overall and right in the thick of things in the NCAA title hunt.
The Huskies will most likely play Arkansas, which also tied for third-place - along with USC - in the NCAA quarterfinals of the new match play format. Essentially, 30 teams qualified for the national championships. The top eight after the first three rounds of medialist play advanced to match play. Now, the teams will play each other head-to-head with the top seed (Oklahoma State) playing the eight seed (either Texas A&M or top-ranked Georgia). Two will play seven. Three versus six and the four seed will play the fifth seed.
The reason we say "most likely" regarding the Huskies' matchup against Arkansas is because of the fact that - due to the weather delay on Wednesday - several teams are still on the course and tournament officials have not yet announced tie-breakers.
So, we expect Washington to tee-off its quarterfinal match around 4 a.m. (Pacific) on Friday. The semifinals are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, while the championship match is scheduled for a 7 a.m. start on Saturday.
Keep tuned to GoHuskies.com and GolfStat to find out more information as it is announced.
In the meantime, check out some pictures, quotes and a video of today's round.
Sitting in fifth-place overall after the first two rounds, the Washington men's golf team has started its final round at the NCAA Championships. The weather forecast for today calls for a pretty constant rain, but no lightning or other severities that would delay the round (fingers crossed).
The Huskies went off on hole #10, along with playing partners Arizona State and Arkansas. Those two schools should provide some familiarity as, obviously, the Sun Devils are fellow Pac-10 competitors and the UW has played with Arkansas in each of the first two rounds.
In case you were wondering, the NCAA pairs teams together based on team placing after the first two rounds. Places 1-3 (Oklahoma State, Georgia and Texas A&M) went off on hole #1 at 10 a.m., while places 4-6 (UW, ASU, Arkansas) went off hole #10 at the same time. Places 7-9 will tee-off after the final players goes off on No. 1 and so on...
Don't forget, coverage is provided throughout the day on GoHuskies.com.
After months of practice, grueling games and lots of travel, the Husky softball team will finally be exactly where they've always wanted to be since September: On the field at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in OKC for the first game of the 2009 Women's College World Series.
Wednesday was a busy day for the Dawgs - at least the first half of the day. The Huskies had the distinction of being the first team at the stadium Wednesday morning for ESPN interviews and practice. The ESPN crew filmed the girls introducing themselves, saying some fun facts about themselves (make sure you tune it to each game early enough to see this ... some are hilarious!) and trying to keep a staight face while looking into the camera and telling it how badly they want to win a National Championship.
After an hour of shuttling back and forth between interview stations, the Huskies finally hit the field for their official practice session. The first half took place on the practice field and the second hour took place in the stadium where they will play all their games. The Huskies had a good practice and look ready to go.
While the rest of the team relaxed and took care of their study hall duties, Danielle Lawrie had to deal with a few interview requests and a trip to the offical press conference (quotes here). Since winning the National Player of the Year award last night at opening ceremonies, Danielle has been busy talking to KJR, the Seattle Times, the Vancouver Sun, etc., etc. She is a hot commodity and understandably so! You can tell she is ready to put that all behind her and get on the field tomorrow to win the one award she wants more than anything: The National Championship.
The Huskies were able to get an early dinner with their parents or just on their own and went to bed early. I'm not sure how much sleep they'll be getting as they all seem very excited and anxious to get on the field!
Be sure to tune in to ESPN tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET to watch UW battle with Georgia. If you can't get to a TV, KKNW-1150 AM with Mike Brown and John Cowley will have live audio. And if you only have internet access, stay tuned to the Dawg Blawg, Gametracker and Twitter.com/UW Softball for updates.
Following a lengthy weather delay, the first wave of teams in the NCAA men's golf championships finished their first round. The Huskies, who teed-off at approximately 7:45 a.m., finished their first round at around 5:30 p.m.
Led by Nick Taylor's second-straight one-under-par 70, the Huskies currently sit in eighth-place with an 11-over-par 579. The UW improved their score by seven strokes from yesterday's round, shooting a two-over-par 286.
Photos, quotes from Richard Lee, Chris Killmer and Matt Thurmond, post-round video with Nick Taylor and a full recap will be available on GoHuskies.com later today.
UPDATED -- Coverage of today's round is now available on GoHuskies.com.
Due to inclement weather, including rain and lightning, in the Midwest, play has been suspended at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. Competition was halted at 11:40 a.m. (Eastern) and will resume after a series of storm cells in the area dissipate.
Washington entered the day tied for fourth place with a nine-over-par 293. The Huskies struggled on the front nine before picking-up the pace just before the break. The UW will come out of the delay in a tie for seventh-place at plus-10.
For updates, visit GolfStat.com.
The Washington men's golf team has started its second of three individual rounds at the NCAA Championships today at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The Dawgs enter today's round tied for fourth place among the 30 participating teams after shooting a four-over-par 293 yesterday. The three initial rounds, which conclude tomorrow, determine the NCAA individual champion, while the top eight teams qualify for the new match play format that will settle the final team championship.
Tze Huang Choo set-off on hole No. 1 at 7:47 a.m. (4:47 for those of you in the Pacific timze zone!). Chris Killmer went off at 7:57, while Darren Wallace teed-off at 8:06 and Richard Lee started at 8:16. Nick Taylor, who entered the day tied for fourth place after shooting a one-under-par 70 yesterday, started at 8:25 a.m.
Following a night full of lightning and thunderstorms, the team woke to relatively clear skies. The course is, obviously, a little wet from the rain. But, the forecast for the day is mostly cloudy until about 2 p.m. when more rain is expected.
The Washington softball team touched down in Oklahoma City Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m., leaving Atlanta behind after a week-long stay.
UPDATED -- Lawrie was named the National Player of the Year! You can read about it on GoHuskies.com.
If the UW men's golf team was looking forward to getting out of the Pacific Northwest and seeing more sunny skies in the Midwest, they are sorely disappointed. The NCAA championships began this morning under grey skies, then about an hour into the first round the rain began.
Washington is expected to tee-off on #10 at about 1:00 local time (Eastern), assuming the early rounds aren't delayed due to the weather. It is expected the teams will play through the rain, which is expected to continue during the first two days of the tournament, but will stop if lightning begins.
GoHuskies.com will have coverage of each day's events during the tournament. Check out yesterday's photos, notes and quotes - including an interesting revelation by Matt Thurmond that, apparently, Nick Taylor is the "world's greatest Mario Kart player." Seems that practice does pay off!
The around-the-country road trip for the Husky softball team continues this week when they travel to Oklahoma City, the mecca of women's college softball. UW swept Georgia Tech over the weekend to advance to the Women's College World Series for the ninth time overall and the second time in the last three years.
Check out this photo gallery of the Dawgs big weekend in Atlanta.
The team will take Monday to rest up in Atlanta, hit up the Lenox Square Mall and of course gets some study hall in before boarding a plane Tuesday morning for OKC. The girls are feeling a little more rested this Monday than they were last Monday after finishing their game at 1 a.m. This one ended at the more reasonable hour of 3 p.m.
The 15-inning game against UMass in the Regionals last week feels like it was a month ago. It's been a long trip for the team, which has not been in Seattle since they first boarded an Ameristar jet at Boeing Field on May 13. The traveled 2,963 miles to Massachusetts, another 1,087 to Atlanta and now will make the 848-mile jaunt to Oklahoma City. They hope to make the 2,001-mile trip back to Seattle to cap their 6,899-mile road trip with a little hard ware for the fans to see!
Watch the Dawgs on ESPN, Thursday at 10 a.m. PT when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
On Tuesday, the removal of the Husky Stadium field turf began and on Thursday crews were already installing the new turf. The crews began their work early on Thursday and have mostly laid down the entire field. They are starting the process of sewing in the sidelines today and next week will begin laying the infill, a mixture of sand and rubber. The painting of the field will either begin the first week in June or after commencement.
We added some more photos to the gallery and also have a video of the crew laying down the turf below.
It wasn't until about 1:15 this morning that the Husky baseball team finally made it to its hotel ahead of this weekend's series against Washington State here in the Palouse.
The lateness was thanks to an unexpected pause in the pass after the bus the Huskies were riding on blew a tire. A new bus had to be summoned from Seattle and driven out to just beyond the summit.
Thankfully, no one was hurt and other than the expense of a new tire and a repair to the side of the bus that was knocked off by the burst, there was no further damage.
And, with the weather as nice as it was, the hour-plus pause along the shores of Lake Keechelus was actually pretty enjoyable.
Check out this brief photo gallery.
Also today, the Everett Herald had two lengthy stores: one on the UW players from Snohomish County (here), and one about UW closer Brian Pearl (here).
Also, the Tri-City Herald has this story on UW slugger Kyle Conley, while GoHuskies.com has this story on Conley.
The Dawgs take on the Cougars in the final series of the regular season beginning tonight at 5:30 p.m.
Check out these two great stories about UW Softball, one by the Associated Press' Tim Booth and another by ESPN.com's Graham Hays about Jenn Salling...
After a morning practice at Georgia Tech's Mewborn Field on Thursday, the Huskies ate at Atlanta's famous Varsity drive in then capped off the night with more study hall.
With just over 24 hours to go before they hit the field again, the Huskies will head over to the field this afternoon for a press conference and their official practice session. Then tomorrow it's game time again! ESPN will air all of UW's games this weekend and they can also be seen online on ESPN360.com.
Swimmer Yonatan Cohen was named first team Academic All-District and will move on to the national ballot for the At-Large ESPN Academic All-America team.
Cohen boasts a 3.97 cumulative GPA in math and physics. He swam the second-fastest 100 breast and third-fastest 200 breast times in school history at the 2009 Pac-10 championship. Cohen also helped set the school record in the 400 medley at the 2009 NCAA championship.
Venise Chan, who ended her sophomore season yesterday in the NCAA tennis singles tournament opener, and junior coxswain Isabelle Woodward, who will cox the second varsity eight in next week's NCAA rowing championship, were both named third team Academic All District VIII.
Chan, a first-team All-Pac-10 pick, ended her season with a 28-7 record at No. 1 singles. A business major, Chan carries a 3.74 cumulative GPA.
Woodward has a 3.75 cumulative GPA and majors in international business. She also studies Arabic and plans to work in the Middle East after graduation.
Congrats to all three Huskies honored Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)!
The UW Athletic Department has posted a series of highlight videos of various legendary Husky football players on its YouTube page. Cool videos (produced by the UW's own Nick Irving) are available of Jerome Pathon, Napoleon Kaufman, Steve Emtman and Warren Moon and there are more to come! Below is a video of Lawyer Milloy.
The No. 3 Husky softball team has been chillin' in Hotlanta for the past couple days, getting some much-needed rest after their epic 15-inning win over UMass in the Regional Championship game. The team and coaches are just starting to feel normal again after most were still in shock over what occured Sunday night/Monday morning.
After getting back to the hotel at 4 a.m. Monday after a victory dinner at a local diner, the players slept in, got massages (Danielle Lawrie, in particular) and got some studying in before going to bed early to try and catch up on their zzzzzzzs.
On Tuesday, the team was lucky enough to fly down on a chartered plane to Atlanta where they set up camp for the next week. The plane - which was the same one they flew from Seattle to Massachusetts - was spacious and the flight attendants served warm cookies. Now that's traveling!
The team took in a dinner at Cheescake Factory in Buckhead Tuesday night, then it was off for more study hall. Wednesday the team finally got their legs and arms moving again, heading over to Kennesaw State University to get a practice in before dinner at Benihana.
Today, the team practices early at Georgia Tech on the same field where they'll try to earn their second World Series berth in three years. An Atlanta Braves game might also be in the future so stay tuned!
Husky Football Coach Steve Sarkisian is definitely making his presence felt in a positive way in the Seattle community. He will be busy supporting charitable causes on several occasions during the next week.
Tomorrow he is slated to appear at a charity event supporting the Matt Talbot Center in Seattle. Greg Alex, the Husky team chaplain, is the founder and executive director of the Matt Talbot Center, a ministry to Seattle's homeless, addicted and mentally ill. Under Alex's Pastoral leadership the Ministry operates a full range of support and rehabilitative services including a state licensed substance abuse treatment program, and a state-of-the-art, 50 unit, clean and sober apartment complex that opened in 2003.
Then, on Thursday, May 28, Sarkisian will participate in Seattle Public School's Breakfast of Champions. All funds raised will support athletic programs for Seattle Public Schools High School student athletes. Special focus for this event will be additional support for High School Football and Boys & Girls Soccer. To attend this event or donate, please click here.
Roy, a two-time NBA All-Star who had his UW #3 jersey retired last winter, could join LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the core of the 2008 Olympic basketball champions who will be looking to be back in USA uniforms next summer.
Blazers teammates LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden are among the 19 commitments USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has received for the July 22-25 camp in Las Vegas, which will culminate with a blue-white exhibition game.
Recently, Roy was named a second-team all-NBA selection this season.
Former longtime UW baseball coach Bob MacDonald has been named the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners affiliate Everett AquaSox, the Northwest League club announced today.
MacDonald served as the Huskies' head coach from 1977 to 1992 before leaving for the U.S. Naval Academy. After one year as an assistant, he was the Navy head coach for seven years.
"Mac" was also a pitcher at the UW, earning varsity letters in 1962 and 1964. When he left as the Husky head coach, he'd compiled 422 wins, most in Husky history at the time. He was named to the Husky Baseball All-Century Team as a coach.
Since retiring from Navy, MacDonald has lived in the area and helped out the Mariners organization as a batting practice pitcher, among other activities.
The AquaSox, the short-season A-ball affiliate of the Mariners, begin their season June 20 at Vancouver and open the home slate June 23 against Spokane.
For more, here's a link to the AquaSox press release.
Work began this morning on the removal of the field turf from Husky Stadium. A work crew from FieldTurf began on the intensive project this morning at 6 a.m.
A few members of the Athletic Communications staff visited the stadium around 10:30 this morning to see the progress. Here is a video clip showing the crew and machinery at work and here is a great photo gallery of the progress made.
Here is the original release with information on the announcment, along with a graphic depiction of how the field will look once the project is completed.
Five hours and 13 minutes. An incredible 15 innings and 251 pitches! Can you believe that's what it took for the Washington Husky softball team to overcome a gutsy UMass team in the NCAA Regionals in Amherst, Mass.?
Washington now travels to Atlanta, Ga. to face Georgia Tech in the NCAA Super Regionals for the right to advance to the Softball College World Series.
Danielle Lawrie and UMass' Brandice Balschmiter proved they are two of the game's top pitchers as they both went the distance in a simply amazing game.
ESPN.com's softball beat writer Graham Hays has chosen to cover the Amherst Regional on the opening weekend of the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament featuring the overall No. 3 seed Washington Huskies. Check out this feature on UW's freshmen sensations Kimi Pohlman and Niki Williams:
The Huskies take on UMass today at 11:30 a.m. PT. Listen to live audio on KKNW-1150 AM or watch the live webcast on umassathletics.com. Go Dawgs!
Jon Brockman was hanging around Bank of America Arena this morning to conduct a couple of media interviews about his preparation for June's NBA Draft. He conducted a 30-minute interview with Mitch Levy of 950 KJR at 8:25 a.m., then sat down with a GoHuskies.com correspondent for a lengthy Q&A.
He said in both interviews that the process for selecting an agent was a tough one, but he was really happy with Greg Lawrence and Wasserman Media Group. Jon also said there were a number of Internet rumors floating that he's been working out for NBA teams and scouts the last few days, but that his only contact with the NBA has been at the Portsmouth Invitational just after the conclusion of the season.
Three Husky teams are in the midst of NCAA Tournament action today: Men's Golf, Women's Tennis and Softball.
The golf team is in day two of action from the NCAA Central Regional in Bowling Green, Ky. The Huskies entered the day with a 10-stroke lead over the field and with Nick Taylor in first place. The teams were called off the course at 11:08 PT due to lightning, so we'll have to hang tight to see when the golfers get back on the course.
The women's tennis team took the court against South Carolina at about 11 am PT and are currently battling the Gamecocks in Texas. Fans can follow the matches live online, as Texas A&M is providing video and live stats.
Heather Tarr's softball crew is scheduled for a first pitch at 2 pm (PT) against Sacred Heart. Fans can follow the games live on the Tournament Central page provided by UMass, on Twitter or can listen live on KKNW 1150 AM. UMass is providing live video and gametracker. They also have archived all the press conferences from yesterday, including Heather Tarr's presser.
Former UW star Brandon Roy was in the news this week when he was named a 2nd-team all-NBA selection selection by a vote of sportswriters and broadcasters. Brandon is a two-time NBA All-Star and led the Trail Blazers in scoring (22.6), assists (5.1), steals (1.13) and minutes (37.2) during the 2008-09 season. First-team selections were LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.
Former Husky and current Sacramento King Spencer Hawes visited with KJR's Mitch Levy this morning. You can listen to the complete interview by clicking here.
The Husky men's golf team finally gets back on the course starting Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Regional in Bowling Green, Ky. If you want to follow the Huskies live, you'll have to get up pretty early on the West Coast. Chris Kilmer tees off first for Washington starting at 8:30 am, Eastern time. Huskies will follow off the tees every 10 minutes, with Tze Huang Choo next up, followed by Pac-10 Champion Darren Wallace, Richard Lee and Nick Taylor.
Washington is the top-ranked team in the field of 14 playing at the regional hosted by Western Kentucky. There are six overall regions, with the top five teams after the final round advancing to the NCAA Championships at The Inverness Club in
Here's more from GoHuskies.com. Good luck to Matt Thurmond and the rest of the Huskies! Go Dawgs!!!
Jon Brockman threw out the first pitch before the Seattle Mariners' April 17 game. In case you missed it, click here to watch it. Jon really heaved it in there, so note the laugh by Public Address announcer Tom Huytler!
The Washington women's tennis team departed campus this morning for College Station, Texas and its NCAA Tournament quarterfinal match against South Carolina. The Husky athletes and coaches were excited to see approximately 50 athletic department coaches and staffers on hand for a hearty send-off! The group cheered, clapped and sang "Bow Down To Washington" and each of the players had a big smile as they headed-off to the airport.
Washington faces South Carolina, the only other unseeded team remaining in the bracket, Friday at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The winner of that match will face either Florida or Georgia in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday.
We hope to have more videos of more legends throughout the spring, summer and fall. Right now you can relive the Husky glory days of Corey Dillon, Steve Emtman, Dave Hoffmann, Napoleon Kaufman, Lawyer Milloy, Warren Moon, Jerome Pathon and Marques Tuiasosopo.
What a great year for Husky sports teams! An incredible 15 of the 18 sports that have completed its regular season participated in NCAA postseason championships. Washington is ranked among the top-10 in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup and three teams won Pac-10 titles!
Last weekend, the women's tennis team kept its national title hopes alive with a gutsy 4-3 upset victory at USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies now travel to College Station, Texas for the NCAA round of 16 match against South Carolina. The winner faces either Georgia or South Carolina in the quarterfinals.
The softball team clinched second place in the Pac-10 with a thumping of Cal in its regular-season finale, then found it it would be the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Women's golf finished just five strokes from advancing to the NCAA Championship round after finishing 10th at the NCAA Central Regionals in Columbus, Ohio. A great accomplishment from a team that did not finish as well as it would have liked at the Pac-10 championships.
Men's tennis staged one of the most incredible comebacks ever in its first-round NCAA victory over Texas Tech, but didn't have enough left in the tank on the road Texas in the second round.
The baseball team took two of three games against #25 Oregon State and Husky freshman Jeremy Taiwo placed third at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships.
With just more than a month left in the college sports season, there are plenty of chances for Husky greatness ahead. Keep an eye on GoHuskies.com and cheer on the Dawgs!
Most Husky fans remember the inspirational story of Johnny Durocher, the former UW quarterback who suffered a vicious hit against Stanford in the fall of 2006. After the injury, doctors were looking into a probable concussion, but found something far more serious - a brain tumor. He underwent successful surgery to remove the tumor and, rightfully so, doctors suggested he never play football again.
Durocher then turned his focus to baseball. He joined the UW baseball team that spring and performed well enough to be drafted by the Seattle Mariners. He spent several months pitching in the minors before deciding baseball wasn't his career path. Durocher missed football.
He is current training in hopes of returning to the sport he loves. Check out this great blog entry on the IMG Academies website.
Coach Sarkisian recently had a couple of "models" show-off the new Husky football uniforms at a team meeting. Check out this video of the latest edition of UW Project Runway!
New Washington assistant basketball coach Raphael Chillious hit the court this week, helping Lorenzo Romar with player development sessions in Bank of America Arena. NCAA rules allow coaches to spend time with a limited number of players on the court at one time - essentially to limit "team practices" but still provide the opportunity for coaches to help develop players' skills and conditioning.
Chillious took over for Cameron Dollar, who accepted the head coaching job at nearby Seattle University in early April. He comes to the UW after serving as a highly-successful prep coach and, most recently, was Nike's business manager for Elite Youth Basketball. Chillious coached current Huskies Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning at South Kent (Conn.) School.
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