What will fan attendance look like if college football returns? Here’s how Washington State and Washington are preparing
Thu., May 21, 2020
If fans are allowed to attend football games at UW and WSU in 2020, don't expect sold-out stadiums. "There’s every expectation that there will be social distancing measures that have to be put into place,” said WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun. But here's what that might actually look like.
When Jimmy Lake was hired as Washington’s football coach in December to replace Chris Petersen, athletic director Jen Cohen referred to him as “the right guy at the right time.”
It’s entirely possible that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, UW sporting events could be played this fall without fans in attendance, pushed to the winter or spring – or, in the most painful projections, they might not be played at all.
For the University of Washington, the 2020 NFL draft – all three days, 16 hours and 255 picks of it – can be conveniently condensed into a four-word tweet.
On social media, Washington’s football program uses the same hashtag – #ProDawgs – to reference its many players who have succeeded in the NFL.
Washington football fans will get to see former Husky quarterback Jacob Eason during this month’s NFL draft.
There was supposed to be news conferences and footwork drills and playbook installations. There was supposed to be quarterback competitions and depth-chart updates and new assistant coaches’ practice debuts.
Records obtained from a December 2018 UW visit by nine football players offer a glimpse of what a recruiting trip can look like for touted high-school athletes. Nationwide, recruiting budgets have swelled around college football. Under then-coach Chris Petersen, the Huskies were an exception.
New Washington coach Jimmy Lake made his first major coaching hire Friday, adding John Donovan as the Huskies’ new offensive coordinator.
In the 2019 season, his first as UW’s starter, Ahmed led the Huskies with 1,020 rushing yards and added 5.4 yards per carry and 11 touchdowns.
For Washington football fans, Offensive Coordinator Watch continues.
Still, handicapping UW’s impending quarterback competition is a futile exercise until new head coach Jimmy Lake names an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Washington quarterback Jacob Eason says he will skip his final year of college and enter the NFL draft. Eason started 13 games for UW last season after beginning his college career at Georgia and transferring following his sophomore season.