Blue sky, and a December chill more reminiscent of one only felt on the Palouse, met us this afternoon as the press corps arrived early for the final home game for the Washington Huskies in 2009.
It's been a season none of us could have, in the least predicted – except for what the overall record will end by being, either 5-7 or 4-8.
The one factor this Huskies group under new coach Steve Sarkisian can be proud of is that their home venue – Husky Stadium – is being defended with vigor, energy and, most importantly pride.
I have a sneaking suspicion that was part of Sarkisian's midfield speech when the team arrived at 1:45 p.m. for the first time. He huddled players and coaches close together for 90 seconds. The team said a prayer before the UW coach mentioned a few things, and then off they disappeared into the locker room.
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Sarkisian isn't going to get the precipitation he wanted, but he'll get plenty of cold temperatures, and late this afternoon, wind gusts that could impact a close game somewhere in the second half.
Uniforms – White pants today for the Huskies.
I'll provide personnel updates from pre-game later. Enjoy!
UPDATE I: No Cameron Elisara today at defensive tackle. He's in a sweatshirt and unpadded jersey, watching pre-game drills.