Jan 17, 2012

The Raid of Berkeley

The University of Washington snagged their second assistant coach in two days from the Cal football program with the hiring of wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau.  Kiesau joins defensive line coach/defensive run game coordinator/super recruiter, Tosh Lupoi, in filling out the UW staff for next year.

Oh man, head coach Jeff Tedford has to be steamed.  The word on the Cal campus is that he's been kicking fire hydrants and punching garbage cans all morning.  It sounds like Shaq Thompson (#1 ranked safety) is strongly considering UW now that Lupoi made the jump and WR Jordan Payton (as well as Lakes CB Cedric Dozier) could also be thinking about Washington now that Kiesau has joined the staff.

In some pretty unsurprising news, Nick Montana is transferring to a JC for a year with the hope of starting for his final two years of college eligibility somewhere else.  You can't blame him for wanting to get on the field with Keith Price entrenched as the starter for the next two years, and UW's depth should be fine with Derrick Brown, Jeff Lindquist, and Cyler Miles.  There has been a little uncertainty over Miles' commitment now that OC Doug Nussmeier has moved on to Alabama, but hopefully Sark will quickly reassure him.

Many analysts are saying that UW has assembled a dream team coaching staff that ranks at the top of the conference, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.  It's sure nice to hear that only a few weeks removed from the Alamo Bowl.  Oh, and the basketball Dawgs had a nice comeback win over Wazzu, which hopefully is a sign of things to come.

All in all, it's a great time to be a Husky!  And not so great to be a Golden Bear... our bad.

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Jan 12, 2012

The Alamo Bowl Experience

CoachSark.com has a great video of the team's trip down to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl.  It's a nice ending to the season and has a very Friday Night Lights feel (especially the second half of the it).

I can't imbed the video, but you can check it out here.

Also, if any of you Husky fans have been itching to do some blogging, we're thinking about bringing in some new writers to the site.  So just email at TheDawgDude@gmail.com.

In other news, the Dawgs squeezed by Seattle U. on Tuesday in a game that seems to be getting closer every year.  This one was tied with 4:30 remaining... terrifying.  In a lot of ways, the upcoming Wazzu/Cal/Stanford homestretch will determine the season.  Fingers crossed.

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Jan 10, 2012

Off Topic: Uhh Yeah Dude comes to Seattle

If you haven't listened to the Uhh Yeah Dude podcast, you definitely should. And if you're really ready to get your socks aurally blown off, go to their show at the Neptune on Friday. Tickets are available here. They are a couple of real, funny dudes -- plus one is John Larroquette's son! Yes, I realize that the kid of Larroquette's Night Court co-star Bull would have been better, but what can you do.

Frowning like a pimp.

Alright, I'm done with my plug.  As simply watching, let alone writing about Husky basketball is all kinds of frustrating.  I'm sort of putting the team in timeout blog-wise until I'm a bit more inspired to write.  Hopefully this four-game homestand coming up (Seattle U, Wazzu, Cal, Stanford) will provide the necessary motivation.

Hope y'all are having a Happy New Year and Go Dawgs!
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Jan 3, 2012

Chris Polk Out, Wilcox/Sirmon In

As expected, running back Chris Polk will forego his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.  This decision makes a ton of sense as I doubt Polk could have improved his draft stock much more with a big senior year (unless he somehow added "elite speed" to his repertoire) but another season of hits would most likely have hurt his longterm future in the NFL.  Obviously Chris Polk has done a tremendous amount for the University of Washington and will be remembered along with Jake Locker, Mason Foster, and Alameda Ta'amu as guys who helped turn the UW program around.

Finally there is some positive Husky football news with the announcement of Justin Wilcox and Peter Sirmon joining the coaching staff.  The more I read about these guys, the more thrilled I am with the hires.  And the speed in which these guys were brought in after the dismissal of the former coaches makes me think that Sark had been considering them for a little while now.

Wilcox spent the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Tennessee and the four years prior as the DC at Boise St.  His defenses performed well at both schools, and the only real knock on Wilcox is that he played college ball at Oregon... but maybe you need a duck to kill a duck.   Much has been written about Wilcox turning a very young, inexperienced Tennessee defense into the 28th best defense in the country, and supposedly Texas tried to hire him for their DC position after last season.  According to this article, it also sounds like he is adept at making defensive adjustments and shutting opponents down in the second half, which is something we haven't had at Montlake in quite awhile.  Check out this quote from the article:
That means that on the first two drives, UT fans can expect to give up a a long drive (measured by distance) more than half the time. In the rest of the game, we can expect to give up a long drive once every seven or eight possessions. 
Um yeah, I'll take that.  SEC offenses aren't quite the offensive freak shows like they are in the Pac-12, but obviously a defense that can perform along those lines at UW will be a ginormous improvement.

Peter Sirmon served as the linebackers coach at Tennessee the last two years and has built up a reputation for being an outstanding recruiter.  He had gotten four 4-star and two 3-star defensive verbals to UT already this year and hopefully will have even more success out here considering his west coast ties.  Yes, Sirmon also played at Oregon, but he's from Walla Walla and most likely would have been a Husky if sanctions didn't keep him from getting a scholarship back in the early '90s.  Believing that is how I sleep at night at least.

It wil be interesting to see who is hired to fill out the remaining positions of safeties and cornerbacks coach.  Rocky Seto may not be an option at this point, but you never know.  I'm assuming Wilcox will have some guys in mind and would be a little surprised if Sark didn't give him the autonomy to fill out his coaching staff.  The latest rumor is from a Shaq Thompson tweet that UW is looking at former Cal and 49ers defensive backs coach, Al Simmons.  He seems like a pretty solid candidate, though hopefully there is a good explanation for why he left Cal for UTEP last year.

In basketball news, the Dawgs got two impressive victories over the Oregon schools and appear to have gotten their season back on track.  Tony Wroten is a flat-out stud who seems to be improving in every game.  Hopefully the weak competition in the Pac-12 will allow the Huskies to creep back into the NCAA tourney.

Oh, and the ducks won the Rose Bowl yesterday due to a steady dose of this:

You gonna tell that part to your grandkids, Chippy?

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