University of Washington

UW picks renovation company

The University of Washington selected Wright Runstad & Co. as the development team for the renovation of Husky Stadium.

Athletic director Scott Woodward said Wright Runstad provided the best value. The school says the estimated cost is $250 million, nearly $30 million less than the next-closest proposal.

The proposal still needs the approval of the UW president.

The project calls for the complete demolition and reconstruction of the lower bowl and the upper deck on the south side of Husky Stadium.

The track will be removed, the field lowered 4 feet and the seats moved closer to the field.

Construction is tentatively scheduled for after the 2011 season, with the Huskies playing the 2012 season at Qwest Field.

DEATH A SUICIDE

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said former Florida safety John Curtis IV died due to injuries caused by suicide.

Curtis died Thursday in Bellevue with severe injuries to his head and torso. He was 24 and a native of Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Curtis arrived at Florida in 2004 but did not play. His 2005 season was wiped out due to a knee injury suffered in preseason. He returned in 2006 and played mostly on special teams.

He played 11 games in 2007, with his highlight being a blocked punt against South Carolina early in the game that set up one of Tim Tebow’s seven touchdowns.

Curtis tore the same knee ligament in 2008 and missed the entire season.

Curtis moved to Seattle after graduating from Florida to be closer to his family.

EXTRA POINTS

The NCAA has interviewed several current and former Tennessee coaches and recruits regarding an investigation into possible recruiting violations under former coach Lane Kiffin, sources told The Associated Press. ... Mississippi coach Houston Nutt said he has a “zero-tolerance” contract with new quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who was kicked off Oregon’s team after two brushes with the law in six months. “I’ll have a contract with him. He understands it will be zero tolerance and he has to do what’s right,” Nutt said. ... Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll, getting 55 out of 59 first-place votes. Boise State is No. 5. ... Backup Texas quarterback Sherrod Harris won’t return for his final season so he can focus on getting his degree.

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