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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 25, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Answers, 11-25

Sorry to be late to these, but here is the first batch:
Q: Anything new with the coaching search?
A: OK, so that’s one that a number of people asked and fits at any time until there is a new coach. A few things I learned today. One, UW is said to have interviewed at least three candidates, one of them twice. Not sure who they are, unfortunately, but pretty solid word is that they are conducting a lot of business out there. One person I was told they have not contacted (at least yet) is Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, a UW grad whom many have touted due to his local ties and the offense he runs. But as I wrote earlier, there are a lot of different kinds of contact — third-party, with an agent, etc. — so hearing there has been no official contact doesn’t necessarily rule anyone out. But the word I got is that at the moment, Christensen isn’t considered in the running.
Q: What’s the deal with all the foot injuries at UW? Stanback, Garcia, White-Frisbee, Freeman, Dailey and others. This is way too many.
A: Funny you should ask as I had one of the UW coaches (not Tyrone Willingham) wonder the same thing to me off-the-record this year. This coach was frustrated that so many of them seem to have come without contact. However, without doing research, I don’t know if you can conclude that UW has had “too many.” What is a normal amount? I guess I don’t know. Is 4-5 a lot over a couple-year span playing a sport like football? Also, some of them are different — Freeman’s are ankles, for instance. My guess is, it’s just football. Every year, there seems to be some injury that happens more than others — for a while, it was shoulders.
Q: What’s the general consensus of the UW program? Is it on life support or does it just need some direction from a new coach?
A: I think it’s mostly the latter. Sure, UW has some issues, namely Husky Stadium. But winning can happen anywhere with the right coach. And there’s no reason that with a good head coach, that won’t happen pretty soon. There is still a lot of tradition here, usually a pretty good natural recruiting base. Look at all the local players who have signed on here in the last few years even in the wake of all the upheaval. And look at the support this program still gets — the Huskies averaged 63,639 fans this season (OK, so that’s just tickets sold, but so is everyone else’s in the conference) which ranks fourth in the Pac-10. And that’s during what has obviously been a horrible year. Combine that support, huge alumni and donor base, natural recruiting area, and UW shouldn’t be down long with good coaching. UW may be the worst team in the conference right now, but it’s not the worst program.
Q: On the first 2 FG’s by WSU, it appeared the kicker made a step before the ball was even snapped. Isn’t that a false start penalty?
A: The easy answer is that since they didn’t call it, it wasn’t. To give more detail, here’s a link to the official reading of the rule. It doesn’t specifically cover movement by the kicker, but it would seem to be that what the WSU kicker did could have been called. In each case, it would have moved the kick back five yards, so it wouldn’t have necessarily eliminated the chance for the kick. I didn’t know this until a day later, but apparently the WSU kicker said he flinched on the first one because he thought the kick had to go through before the clock ran out, instead of what is really the case, the ball just has to be snapped before the clock runs out.
Q: Is there ever a chance that the Dawgfather pulls a Bill Snyder and comes back to save the program? It’s obviously a tremendous longshot because he is so far removed. Look at JoePa and Bowden..
A: Simply put —- no. Don James is incredibly happy in retirement from what I can tell and he turns 76 next month — Snyder is “only” 69, which is a pretty significant difference at that age (though I also think the Snyder re-hire won’t turn out well). It’s just not going to happen. And one difference between the last two guys you mentioned — those guys have never retired.
More answers later.

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