When, where: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Husky Stadium

TV, radio: Fox Sports Net Northwest, KEX (1190 AM), KUIK (1360 AM)

• Athletic Director Bob De Carolis says anyone who suggests coach Mike Riley is on the hot seat is jumping the gun. Riley has three more years and about $2.7 million left on his seven-year contract.

'It is totally premature to talk about anybody's job,' De Carolis says. 'The task at hand is to get improvement on a week-to-week basis. We'll sit down at the end of the season and see where we are, as we do with every sport.'

One-sided losses to Boise State and California were disheartening, 'but we're finding out more and more how good those two teams are,' De Carolis says. 'We responded very well defensively last week against Washington State. We still struggled a little bit offensively, but Mike and his staff are working hard to correct that. ' I want to support them and let them do their jobs.

'The reasons I hired Mike were good reasons, and they are still valid,' De Carolis says. 'We're just in a little bit of a funk, and we have to try to work our way out of it. Every program in this conference has had some ups and downs, including SC. Let's not be on suicide watch here. Let's stay patient and work through this thing.'

At the end of last season, De Carolis expressed concern about off-the-field issues and academics.

'We've made unbelievable progress in those two areas,' he says. 'Knock on wood, but the off-the-field stuff has been great. We've added a new academic director and counselor, the Summer Bridge program for freshmen has been instituted and the coaches are more involved. I'm happy with the direction on those two issues. Things have been handled appropriately.'

-Kerry Eggers

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