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December 7, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Sarkisian to call his own plays, more notes

Back from a whirlwind of a week, and the day of a new Husky era.
Steve Sarkisian will be introduced as UW’s new football coach tomorrow, with the Tyrone Willingham tenure ending yesterday. Here’s a bunch of links and notes on both:
— Times columnist Bud Withers was in Los Angeles yesterday and filed this piece on Sarkisian, including the note that he will call his own plays next season. Sarkisian also laid out how he plans to handle his dual roles of USC offensive coordinator and UW’s new coach through the Rose Bowl. He said he will be recruiting for UW until Christmas, then noted the following week is a dead period when he can dive strictly into a final week with USC. Then after the Rose Bowl, he’ll be solely with UW.
— The biggest question now will be Sarkisian’s staff. One person who won’t be coming with him is USC receivers coach John Morton who will instead take Sarkisian’s place at USC (Morton, by the way, is not the same guy who was a receiver for the Trojans a while back — just similiar names).
— The LA Times USC blog has a few video clips of Sarkisian discussing the UW job, as well as Pete Carroll talking about Sarkisian taking it.
— Worth nothing Sarkisian will play his former team in his first Pac-10 game as UW’s coach. The Huskies open next year with three straight home games — LSU on Dept. 5, Idaho on Sept. 12 and then USC on Sept. 19. Here’s the complete schedule.
— We also had this story today on Skyline stars Jake Heaps and Gino Simone saying they like the hire of Sarkisian. Simone had been committed to WSU but now says he will continue to explore his options and said he will take a call from Sarkisian if the coach phones him.
— Here’s more on Sarkisian from SI.com.
John Blanchette of the Spokesman-Review chimes in with this on Sarkisian.
— As for Willingham, here’s a column by Jerry Brewer who says Willingham did much to damage his reputation with how he handled the last six weeks or so.
— Here’s my game story on what was kind of a strange day with one coach going, another coming, as well as our notebook. We also had this sidebar on Jahvid Best.
— And here’s one Bay Area look at yesterday’s game, noting that Cal coach Jeff Tedford was a little edgier than usual beforehand wanting to make sure his players didn’t overlook the Huskies in any manner.
All for now.

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