one of the most interesting stories of the week is that the ad scott woodward got a couple of commitments from tight end prospects last weekend. Marlion Barnett and Grant Cisneros decided to commit to the school instead of one particular head coach.
It wasn’t like the rest of the pac-10 were banging on their doors either, so they decided to commit now rather than wait for an offer that may not be there once a new leader is announced.
woodward’s main hiring activity is for a new head football coach. you’d think bringing in a top coach to fix a current 0-9 program wouldn’t generate much interest among the coaching elite. however, that is not the case, because coaches across the country consider uw to be a top 15-20 type of job. Like Kyle Whittingham said on KJR a week or two ago, he’s still Washington.
rumors seem to think that one of these five coaches will agree to take the reins in the next two weeks.
1. jim mora
of course, he publicly declared that he was not a candidate, but they had not contacted him either. from what we’re hearing, they’ve been chasing him down with a full-court press. he expects speculation to rise this week regarding the default.
2. gary pinkel
the missouri tigers won’t be playing for a national championship this season after going through the gauntlet in the nation’s top soccer conference this season. Many say Pinkel would be crazy to take the job, but this is his last chance if he really wants it.
3. jeff tedford
wouldn’t it be great at halftime during the california game in december if tedford changed sides? Tedford is said to be very interested and perhaps wants a change of scenery after rebuilding the California show. he would be my personal first choice because he has a west coast staff and could save the recruiting class. don’t forget that tedford is also one of the hardest working coaches in the country.
4. chris petersen
The boise state coach doesn’t say anything publicly, but husky fans have been known to admire what he’s done since being named boise head coach. That includes a BCS Bowl victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. his team is undefeated this season and he could earn another bcs spot if utah fails.
5. kyle whittingham
speaking of utah, whittingham would be willing to listen if contacted. not sure about uw’s interest at the moment but he did say in kjr that he would be honored to be considered if it came up.
jake locker out for the rest of the season
one of the most interesting stories i read yesterday was the announcement that jake locker was probably done for the year. Did anyone out there really not know the locker was done for the year? Didn’t the word shattered mean anything, not broken thumb?
Jake will be ready by next spring after much physical rehabilitation to get his thumb back in shape enough to grip a soccer ball without pain.
hopefully jake will also have a real quarterback coach who can take him to the next level. One of the surprises this season was the fact that he didn’t seem to improve between his freshman and sophomore years in the redshirt.
Northwest quarterback guru Greg Barton had commented last season that the locker needed a lot of work with his throwing motion. uw’s coaching staff didn’t want anyone outside of the show to work with lockers. They also didn’t go out of their way to hire a real quarterback coach, which was something of a mystery.
If you want to point out one thing that brought down the coaching staff and the team in 2008, it was the inability to develop the locker as a greater passing threat. That miss, of course, exposed him to the possibility of injury, like when he threw a block during the Arizona game.
another case in the making when it comes to bystanders is ronnie fouch. Does anyone really believe that the jib is getting better as the season goes on? it isn’t, and the absence of a true quarterbacks coach is one of the main reasons. work no. 1 for whoever is the new head coach is to bring in a quarterback guru to develop uw’s passers
Wouldn’t it be great to see someone like Jeff Tedford or Chris Petersen work with the Huskies quarterbacks?
quote of the week
“coach really didn’t want us to get too excited,” gottlieb said. “He wanted us to approach it like it was any other game, so I tried to hold back the emotions a little bit. I was a little emotional, a little sentimental, but for the most part, I just tried to approach it like it was any other game.” /p>
if you really want to know the biggest reason ty willingham hasn’t been successful in washington, this quote sums it up nicely. washington teams led by jim owens, don james, jim lambright and rick neuheisel played the game with great emotion. They may not have been as talented on the field as some of their opponents, but they made up for it in many cases with the way they approached the game.
as a player who graduated last year recently said, “willingham sucks all the fun out of playing football!”