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Morning kickoff: Checking in on the Husky Stadium renovation


On Monday after practice, we were given an update on the Husky Stadium renovation project. We were also able to tour the construction site as well, which was pretty cool. I tried to take some video, but it was so jumpy you would think I was having seizures while taking it. Instead here's a photo gallery from the TNT.

From my story in today's paper ...

Perhaps the biggest news is that there has been no news. Nothing has gone wrong and the project is progressing as expected.

Woodward likened himself to the Maytag repairman in the old commercials.

“I don’t have a lot to do because this project is on time and on budget, and that’s music to my ears,” he said.

Woodward’s fundraising staff – led by Jen Cohen, senior associate director of athletics – has raised $48.5 million in private funds. The goal was to raise $50 million by the end of the 2013 season, which puts the UW ahead of schedule.

“That’s quite impressive,” Woodward said. “It’s a hell of a testament to our donors and how much they believe in this program.”

Woodward knew it wouldn’t be easy because of the economy.

“I was scared beyond belief on it just because of this tough climate,” he said. “But hard work and belief in our program and belief in our university, our donors step up, year in and year out.”

There is no major benefactor supplying the funds, such as at Oklahoma State with oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens or Oregon wiith Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

“I don’t have one big donor that stroked a big check,” he said. “We have a bunch of healthy donors that have stepped up.”

North Division

Cal: Lots of stories on Cal's draft eligible players. One of those players - wide receiver Marvin Jones - is climbing up draft boards.  Here's some good analysis of the Cal spring game.

Oregon: Defensive end Dion Jordan is living up to his nickname - the Praying Mantis ... Here's a notebook from the Oregonian that leads with defensive end Tony Washington saying the defense is ready.  ... here's some video of Chip Kelly talking with the media.  ... beat writers Aaron Fentress and Rob Moseley did a mock draft of the Oregon players for the spring game.

Oregon State: Mike Riley was fired up and Scott Crichton spoke to the media again.

Stanford: The Cardinal will likely have four first round draft picks.

South Division

Arizona: AD Greg Byrne is ready to change the playing surface at Arizona Stadium to sprinturf. ... Nick Foles will be the first Arizona QB to be drafted in the NFL.

ASU: Doug Haller offers up some spring game thoughts.

Colorado: The Buffs will play FCS  school UMass in 2014 ... Former linebacker Matt Russell is now the Broncos director of player personnel.

UCLA: No QB has emerged as the favorite in the competition

USC: Pedro Moura analyzes the USC depth chart