By now, everybody is aware that the Apple Cup, starting in 2010 under a six-year agreement, will move to Qwest Field in Seattle.
The return: Each school gets a $2 million guarantee, as opposed to the $800,000 from a Husky home game, or the nearly $250,000 from a Cougar home game.
In these economic times, the move was a must-make. Tuition costs will be going up 14 percent, meaning the athletic department from both schools incur an extra $1 million cost in scholarships. This agreement will at least cover that expense.
Money aside – and that is a huge concession – is this the right move?
I've talked to a source in the WSU football office Thursday afternoon who admitted the coaches were torn by the decision. They understand the reasoning, but still – anyone who's attended an Apple Cup in Pullman knows it is a huge advantage for the Cougars.
I'll talk to some UW players and coaches Friday at spring practice. Can't imagine the sentiment from a competitive standpoint will be that much different. But playing the game annually in Seattle (and not going to Pullman every other year) should be a benefit for the Husky faithful.