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Friday, July 23, 2010
Washington makes a bad call

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

From 2003 until 2008, Washington football suffered through some tough times. Just about every part of the program -- coaching, playing, administrating -- performed poorly during that span.

But one thing didn't: Bob Rondeau and Chuck Nelson, the radio broadcast team. In fact, I never heard any substantive criticism of them while I was in Seattle from 1999-2008. They were a polished and an insightful pair who chose to act like pros instead of homers.

So the decision to drop Nelson from the broadcast is nonsensical. Even worse, it clearly was mishandled, seeing that Nelson was blindsided by the decision, which is a cold-blooded way to treat a guy who had been doing his job well for 17 years.

Bob Condotta blogged about the reason for the move:
Andre Riley, a former Husky receiver who is the assistant vice president of Washington/ISP sports --- which handles the school's broadcast rights --- said the change was made to "freshen up'' the broadcasts after Nelson had worked as a color analyst for the last 17 years.

"It wasn't broken,'' Riley said of the broadcast. "It was great. But I just thought that Damon, spending 14 years in the NFL from a quarterback's perspective was just fresh. And knowing the college game and knowing the program would kind of give us a little bit more energy and in-depth conversation with Bob (Rondeau). It would be something that is fresh and something that is new and I just kind of felt we needed that.''

Riley has been on the job, according to the story, for a year and a half. He might want to review the angry comments under Condotta's stories. And then he might want to consider whether he's making a change for his own personal taste or if he's actually trying to serve the folks who listen to the Huskies on the radio.

Because if he's paid to do the latter, he's made a mistake.