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November 29, 2008 at 4:22 PM

More on Hill and the Huskies

The University of Washington’s search for a new football coach may have taken a significant step today as reports are that Fresno State coach Pat Hill headed to Seattle this morning, possibly to interview with UW athletic officials.
The Fresno Bee reported on its website this afternoon that Hill flew out of Fresno this morning on a Horizon flight bound for Seattle. As that report details, FSU athletic director Thomas Boeh would neither confirm nor deny that UW had contacted him about talking with Hill.
A UW official said only that the school would stand by its stance of not commenting on the coaching search.
Several sources have told the Times in the past week that Hill is one of the school’s leading targets. The 56-year-old Hill has been the head coach at Fresno State since 1997 compiling a record of 92-60. Fresno State has earned only a share of one Western Athletic Conference title during Hill’s tenure but has garnered a reputation for being a giant-killer, going 12-9 against BSC schools, the most wins of any non-BCS team.
Fresno State ended its 2008 regular season on Friday night with a 61-10 loss at Boise State, a game in which it trailed just 13-10 at halftime.
One reason UW officials have been thought particularly interested in Hill is that he comes highly recommended by Alabama coach Nick Saban — the two coached together with the Cleveland Browns for three years in the early ’90s. Saban was later hired to be head coach at LSU by Mark Emmert, who was then the chancellor at LSU and is now the president at UW. Husky athletic director Scott Woodward also worked at LSU at that time. With the Browns, Hill and Saban each worked for Bill Belichick, who is also known to be a reference for Hill.
The Huskies are also known to have interviewed Notre Dame offensive coordinator Michael Haywood and a source told the Times recently that UW contacted Texas Tech coach Mike Leach to gauge his interest in the job. Leach is reported to have said he wanted to postpone any conversations until after this weekend — Tech’s regular season ended with a win today against Baylor.

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