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Morning reading: Husky head coaches the state's top paid employee

The Washington Office of Financial Management released it's personnel detail report for 2011. What is it? Basically, it  is a listing of the names, job titles and total 2010 earnings of all state employees, about 150,000 individuals. So while the earning are listed, that's not the base pay, but the amount accrued in 2010.

Not surprisingly Steve Sarkisian and Lorenzo Romar top the list of top earners. In fact, if you look, seven of the top eight are affiliated with athletics.  In most states, this will be common place. Since coaches of state universities are technically state employees, they qualify.

But it's important to remember that no coaches from Washington or Washington State are paid by tax-payer dollars. From the OFM's Frequently Asked Questions sheet ...

Are any of the salaries of the University of Washington athletic coaches paid for by taxpayers?

No state taxpayer dollars of any kind are used to fund the salaries of any UW athletic department employees, including all the coaches. The UW’s Intercollegiate Athletic Department is responsible for generating all the revenue it needs to operate its programs and maintain its facilities. There are no general fund tax dollars or any other tax dollars supporting the program. Nor are there any other institutional funds going to the program. And unlike many universities, there are no student fees or tuition dollars going to support athletics. All the department’s revenue comes from ticket and gate receipts, television and radio contracts, and philanthropic gifts. The only state contributions are a limited number of legislatively authorized tuition waivers granted years ago to help the state’s colleges and universities achieve gender equity in their athletic programs.

What about athletic department salaries at Washington State University?

No state funds are used to pay salaries for any WSU athletic department employees.There's a note on the TNT site that Sarkisan ranks No. 1, while Governor Christine Gregoire is 956th. It reminds me a quote from Babe Ruth, when told he was demanding a contract with a higher salary than President Herbert Hoover.

"Why not? I had a better year then he did," Ruth said.

Let's get to some football, sort of ...

My story in today's paper led with the launching of the Drive for Husky Stadium

Here's the video again of OD Vincent talking about the new stadium on virtual tour

Elsewhere ...

Art Thiel of the Sportspress NW also writes about the stadium.

Jerry Brewer of the Times writes about Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald has a story on Alameda Ta'amu, who has done some growing and slimming down in his time at UWUW's first opponent - the Eastern Washington Eagles - took to the field for the first time.

Let's go around the Pac-10...

WSU: Vince Grippi has a practice report including video of some players and head coach Paul Wulff playing on makeshift slip and slide after practice.

Oregon: Dewitt Stuckey has taken over the middle linebacker duties, despite being 5-11, 221 pounds. Also in Ken Goe's story, it mentions that Tony Dungy, Erik Spoelstra and Mike Bellotti were all at Oregon practice on Wednesday. Head coach Chip Kelly talked about the difference in players when they put on shoulder pads yesterday.

Oregon State: Senior offensive tackle Mike Remmers is taking on more of a leadership role. The Beavs lost a back-up receiver to a broken hand. Here's some video of Mike Riley talking about Wednesday's practice.

Cal: The scouting report from Willie Lyles was "legit" according to head coach Jeff Tedford.

Utah: Running back Thretton Palamo is converting from rugby to football. In this notebook, it mentions that the Utes' offensive line has been dealing with injuries and Jordan Wynn didn't throw at all on Wednesday because of a sore shoulder.

Colorado: Head coach Jon Embree plans to emphasize tight end play in his offense.   The Buffs got a scare when a player had to be taken off the field in ambulance after falling awkwardly on his neck and head, but it appears he will be fine.

USC: Tailback Curtis McNeal is academically eligible and ready to contribute.

UCLA: Lots of info in this notebook that lead with the Bruins suffering their first significant injury of fall camp.

ASU: Injuries are starting to mount in Tempe, the worst being back-up wide receiver JJ Holliday, who broke his collar bone in Wednesday's scrimmage.

ARIZONA: Quarterback Matt Scott will try and redshirt this year, so as he can replace Nick Foles next year as a fifth-year senior. Of course, that would change if Foles were to get hurt.