Predictably, no tears were shed from the Washington Huskies' end hearing the news that the Apple Cup is moving to Qwest Field starting in 2010.
And why would there be? The UW gets to play the intra-state rivalry game for the next seven years in Seattle, including one this season at Husky Stadium before the new six-year agreement takes effect.
"It's definitely a privilege to play (at Qwest Field) because that's where our local professional team plays," Huskies safety Nate Williams said. "Either way, I just want to line up and play. I don't care if it's here, there or wherever."
The decision to move it to a neutral site means the likes of receiver Jermaine Kearse will never get another opportunity to play in Pullman's Martin Stadium again, or in quarterback Jake Locker's case, he won't ever play there, period.
And Locker, who missed last year's loss because of a thumb injury, didn't seem put out by that thought, either, while toting the company line on the future of the Apple Cup.
"Whatever they decide what's best for us, we've just have to take that, and have as much fun with it as we can," Locker said.
And what does the newcomer – coach Steve Sarkisian – think about the future arrangement. A big thumbs-up.
"I'm OK with it," Sarkisian said. "Qwest Field is a great venue. I think it's great, not just for the city of Seattle, but the state of Washington to kind of have a common place for both teams can go … and make it a really special event."
&bull Running back Chris Polk (leg contusion) was back at practice Friday, running with the first- and second-string offenses, and making big runs in his first action since opening week.
When asked if he felt he's slipped behind others, notably freshman Demetrius Bronson, the depth chart, he said, "I did (fall behind). But assignment-wise, no. I'm studying that every night. When I come back, it's like second nature to me. I have to let my talent take over when I come back."
&bull To end practice, the Huskies broke into their two-minute offense, but were held scoreless on three drives, including a pair by the Locker-led first unit.
But they did get close.
Locker led the offense to the opposing 23-yard line with one second to go, and looked as if he'd thrown a touchdown pass to receiver Kearse. However, Sarkisian waved it off, calling it a sack (which is a difficult thing to measure considering the players weren't in pads, and were in shorts).
The offense was inside the 10 on the final drive, but on a fourth-and-short pass, the officiating crew ruled Kearse's reception to be no good in a battle for the ball with cornerback Vonzell McDowell, Jr.
&bull The field goal unit also ran six hurry-up conversions. Erik Folk made all attempts, including a 47-yarder that barely cleared the crossbar.
&bull As far as the second spring scrimmage Saturday, Sarkisian noted it would be organized in a similar manner as the last one. Quarters will be divided up by special-team sequences, and each quarter will consist of 20-25 snaps.
"Tomorrow is a big day – the second midterm if you want to call it that," Sarkisian said.
&bull Friday was a scheduled high school coaches convention. In fact, nearly 200 members of staffs around the Northwest in attendance, watching practice. Afterward, they met for a barbecue dinner in the Don James Center for a group meeting with the UW staff.
&bull The annual 'Spring Game' is also a reunion call to all former players. So far, 125 have signed up to attend the April 25th affair.