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The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 25, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Tuesday noontime notes

Sorry for the later than usual start here today but here are some news and notes:
Gary Pinkel told the KC Star that his attorney did have a conversation with Washington but that he was not offered the job. As I wrote today, UW AD Scott Woodward is said to be out and about conducting the search, though he also was in Indiana yesterday watching the Husky women’s cross country team win the national title. Pinkel agreed to an extension worth about $2.5 million, which is about what UW is thought ready to offer. As we wrote a few days ago, UW officials say the recent budget cuts for higher education announced by the state won’t impact their search for a new coach.
— The Pac-10 coaches conference call has concluded and there wasn’t much newsworthy involving UW.
But there were a few interesting comments from Cal coach Jeff Tedford and UW coach Tyrone Willingham worth passing along.
Tedford, asked whether UW looks like an 0-11 team, said no and that he is “definitely worried about it. They definitely don’t look like an 0-11 team on tape. I feel like they have a big. physical offensive line. The quarterback plays well. I think they have some talent at receiver. On the defensive side of the ball they play very hard. So there is no question in myh mind that they are a very capable team and we are going to have to make sure we play well.”
Tedford said that ideally, the Stanford game would be the last of the year for the Bears but that having the bye this week should make it easier to regroup. He said it will be important to make sure his team is back on task next week and not overlooking UW.
“It’s definitely soeintng we are going to address. We’re not going to be na├»ve to the fact that it was a big win last week, a lot of emotion, a lot of hype, so on and so forth. And I know that Washington ran for 360 yards on us last year and pretty much physically beat us up for the first time that I can remember us ever going through that. But I do understand that we do have to bring it to their attention and make sure they don’t go into this thing feeling anything other than that we have to be at our best to be successful. I know that group has a lot of pride and it will be Tyrone’s last game and it will be an emotional game and they will come ready to play.”
Willingham also said that ideally, the Apple Cup would be the last of the year for UW — the game was moved back from Oct. 11 to help create some byes in the schedule for both teams.
“I think it’s (the Apple Cup) really a fitting way to end your season but unfortunately in this particular case we could not do that,” he said.
And asked what areas of the team have played well this year, Willingham cited the linebacking corps of Donald Butler, Trenton Tuiasosopo and Mason Foster. “They’ve been our most consistent group on our football team,” he said. “Obviously offensively without Jake Locker we have not really kept the momentum that we hoped we would have this year. That has been a struggle.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— To answer the question about Willingham’s quote on Ryan Perkins, he simply meant that he would struggle to get past it emotionally. It was obviously tough for him to miss those kicks and that’s what Willingham, nothing more.
— On the question of ratings yesterday, the Apple Cup getting an 11.5 is pretty good. That’s better than the World Series got on a national basis this year, for instance. The Super Bowl gets a 45 or so, and is usually the most-watched show of the year. The most-watched show last week got a 12.7 national rating.. So in the state, the Apple Cup’s rating likely puts it as one of the most-watched programs of the week.
Tim Keown of ESPN.com says Tyrone Willingham may need some work to his image if he’s going to coach again.
— ESPN’s Jim Caple, a UW grad, ruminates on his trip to the Apple Cup and the sad conclusion that the Huskies are indeed the worst team in football.
— Another ESPN columnist, Pat Forde, says the Apple Cup loss is as low as it can get for the Huskies.
All for now.

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