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December 22, 2008 at 10:10 PM

December answers, volume two

Another round. …
Q: Anything new on the assistant coaching front?
A: Nothing official, and there may not be this week with the holidays and the snow. The school was essentially shut down today due to the weather which obviously doesn’t affect Steve Sarkisian, who is in LA working with USC, but does impact the official workings of getting things done. However, rumors abound. One I heard today is that Kennedy Pola is likely not coming to UW despite some other reports saying he was on his way. One source said he had told the Jaguars he was staying and that the money was better at the NFL level. So sounds as if the search for an RB coach may be ongoing, unless this source is wrong (which happens during coaching searches). However, I did hear more affirmation today that Scot (and yes, it’s Scot with one T) Loeffler is likely coming as QB coach. One rumor of a new possible LB coach is Sam Anno, a former player and graduate assistant at USC currently on the staff at Central Connecticut. Obviously, the big opening remains defensive coordinator and little has leaked on that one since the news that Ron English is taking a job as head coach at Eastern Michigan and obviously is no longer a candidate.
Q: What effect will Steve Sarkisian have on Chris Polk? I know he was committed to SC before coming to UW. Did Sark recruit him, and was it for RB or WR? Will Sark be able to toughen him up? He was pretty unimpressive before he got hurt.
A: Sarkisian did help recruit Polk to USC, where Polk was committed for about nine months or so. Polk has said he met Sarkisian a few times, and that the coach visited his house, and that he is excited that Sarkisian is the new coach. USC was recruiting Polk more as a WR but I don’t know if that’s where Sarkisian thought he would be best or just what USC’s needs were or what. Polk obviously struggled in the six quarters he played this year — and worth noting that’s all it was. But he’s young — remember, he was just a true freshman — and he looked to me like a guy caught a little off-guard by the stiff jump up in competition. Certainly, you’d think it will help that coach and player already have a relationship as the new staff tries to get Polk back on track. But first, Polk simply has to get healthy. He said his shoulder injury was discovered to be more severe than originally thought when he underwent surgery. So he has recover first.
Q: Have you had any contact with any current players? What is your sense for how they, as a whole, feel about how quickly things are changing? During this past year, there were a number of reports of players that “quit” or were not giving it there all. Do you see any potential shake out of fringe players that aren’t “committed” to being Huskies?
A: I have talked with a few players, and almost everything I have heard is positive concerning their thoughts on Sarkisian. I would caution that every player is almost always positive in their thoughts about the new coach anytime there is a new coach. That said, there is no question that I have sensed that some players are excited about the change in atmosphere around the program. You all saw it at the opening press conference. This will be a more open, more relaxed program in a lot of ways, which isn’t to imply a lessening of discipline or any of that, just that there simply may not be as many rules about a lot of things as there were in the past. As for attrition, some is to be expected. There always is when a new coach takes over (to be truthful, there is in every program at the end of every season for a variety of reasons). But I think for the most part players are positive about the change and I don’t sense that there are guys looking to leave because of the new direction of the program. Going 0-12 makes it pretty obvious a change was needed. I don’t sense anyone is really resistant to it.
More later.

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