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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 17, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Monday p.m. notes

Sorry not to have much from the luncheon today, but not sure there was much to report.
About the UCLA game, UW coach Tyrone Willingham basically just said the players didn’t execute, the same thing he’s been saying for four years. Why they don’t execute — if that’s really the blame for it all — is obviously the crux of the matter, but I don’t think we’re going to get that answer now.
As for smack talk about the Cougars, I didn’t hear much of that, and obviously the circumstances of the game don’t lend themselves to a lot of boasting this season.
“There is always that deep-rooted hatred between one another in an in-state rivalry,” said linebacker Donald Butler. “But I just want to get a win.”
Running back Brandon Johnson said the 27-7 loss to UCLA Saturday was still lingering, making it difficult for Apple Cup talk to get too heated just yet, even in the UW locker room.
“Everybody was pretty much down about the loss and the way things have been going,’’ Johnson said. “So we haven’t had much talk about the Apple Cup. But I’m pretty sure tomorrow it will get going.’’
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— UW didn’t announce them at the luncheon as usual, but there were some players of the week. Here’s the release with the details. The honorees for defense were Trenton Tuiasosopo and Mesphin Forrester and Quinton Richardson for special teams (there were no offensive honorees). The scout team guys were Greg Walker, Vince Taylor and Justin Glenn.
— Willingham said on his radio show that Ben Ossai’s status is still uncertain. He suffered a concussion Saturday.
— Willingham also made an interesting comment about the running back situation on his radio show saying that “there’s just one” when asked who is available this week, apparently a reference to Johnson, though he didn’t elaborate and it came right at the end as they were signing off. He then said that injuries weren’t the only issue, saying some guys need to get motivated. That might explain Willie Griffin’s situation. He was not in pads Saturday and there had been no indication of an injury.
— Not sure if either of these developments impacts UW, but FootballScoop.com says Jim Harbaugh is close to signing an extension to stay at Stanford and that Randy Edsall is not interested in the Syracuse job.
— Maybe I’m burying the lead here, but I don’t want to make too big a deal out of what still are mostly just unsubstianted rumors. But speaking of the coaching search, I talked with one person at the game Saturday who told me “it’s either Gary Pinkel or Chris Petersen.” I then talked with another who said “it’s either Jim Mora or Jeff Tedford.” Another told me simply that “there’s no way it’s Pinkel because he’ll never leave.” I was also told today that “lots is going on behind the scenes.” If all of that seems a little confusing, it’s par for the course for what is a really secretive search. But the more I hear from people, the more I’m convinced those four are pretty much the top targets. I really don’t think they are going to go the assistant or relatively unproven coach route right now.
All for now.

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