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November 11, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Tuesday night notes

A few notes to wrap up the note:
— You didn’t see much reporting from UW today as the team was not available to the media due to the holiday. The Huskies did practice, but had a function to attend during the regular media availability time, so it was scratched. But there will be reports from practice the rest of the week.
— According to the Orange County Register’s UCLA blog, Rick Neuheisel wasn’t very happy with the team’s practice on Tuesday, calling it sloppy. Maybe Neuheisel is just trying to keep his team in line. But if the Bruins do come into this weekend a little complacent, it could be more evidence to support the notion that this is UW’s most winnable game of the season to date. UCLA has yet to win on the road this year and has been held to a combined 490 yards its last two games while allowing 365 or more in three of the last four. UCLA, in fact, has allowed 360 yards or more six times this season.
— Both of UCLA’s coordinators — Norm Chow for offense and DeWayne Walker for defense — are often on lists of potential candidates for head coaching jobs. I’ve gotten e-mails asking about both in connection with the UW job. Walker is the more likely of the two having met with UW athletic director Scott Woodward and president Mark Emmert last year when he was interviewing to become UW’s defensive coordinator. Walker eventually turned down that job to stay at UCLA with Neuheisel. Like any assistant, he’d surely love to be a head coach at a place like Washington. Walker, in fact, said just that to the Orange County Register last week. Here’s the story where Walker is quoted as saying that “I’d be flattered if I had a chance to talk to them about it.” Included in the story is a quote from Neuheisel pumping up Walker for any head coaching job, as is the usual case in such situations. But all indications are that UW is going to go for a proven thing, meaning a sitting head coach, if at all possible, and if UW is willing to pay in the $2.5 million range or so, doubtful they are looking for an assistant, other than maybe the ones they have close ties with, such as Texas’ Will Muschamp.
All for now.

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