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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Anonymous said...

i think montana has 3 yrs of elig. left. But none the less getting 2 of their best assistants is awesome. This is sark giving tedford a golden shower for the last second switches from recruits going to cal.

TheDawgDude said...

Montana would have to sit out a year if he transferred to a FBS school, so instead he wants to get on the field at a JC and then have two years to play at a four-year school. It's definitely nice to give Cal payback for those recruiting thefts (though we've also been taking care of them on the field).

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