Another round. …
Q: Did David Freeman’s ankle problems keep him out of games at the end of the year, or did they just not let him play. You would think they would have gotten better after a month or more.
A: The ankles were the only stated reason why Freeman no longer played after the first half of the season. We never got a real specific diagnosis of what the exact issue was and we were told often it was a different kind of injury and to both ankles. Freeman admitted he had some problems with both ankles. The last game he played was Notre Dame. I think once it got to a certain point it was decided it was better to let him try to heal than rush him back to play in what were obviously games that didn’t have a lot of meaning at the end of the season.
Q: What does the hire of a new director of football operations mean for O.D. Vincent? I thought he will oversee the day-to-day operations of football as well as a host of other duties?
A: Vincent, to recap, is one of UW’s new associate athletic directors. Among his responsibilities is oversight of the football program, as well as a bunch of other duties, including overseeing rowing, tennis and swimming. But because he is an AD with other duties, he isn’t necessarily there overseeing the minute day-to-day operations of the football program. So that’s what the Dennis Slutak, the new director of football operations, will do. Slutak will have an office in the football building and work in close constant contact with the football coaches on a variety of matters, including scheduling. Vincent will work out of the Graves Building and work in more of an administrative role.
Q: What was Tyrone Willingham’s first recruiting class rated? It would be great if Sark could beat it.
A: Willingham’s 2005 class was rated 55th in the nation and last in the Pac-10 by Scout.com, generally regarded as the worst class in school history. I’d argue it looks a heck of a lot worse, now, as UW signed just 14 players, three of whom never qualified, helping lead to the depth and experience issues the team had this season. This year’s class is currently rated 76, but if Sarkisian can pull in another 10 or so players who end up qualifying and hanging around a while, it could have a lot more lasting impact no matter where it’s rated.
Q: Do you think Tyrone Willingham’s conduct and comments over the last couple weeks of his tenure here at UW hurt his chances of getting another head coaching job?
A: I doubt it helped much, but I doubt it really hurt much, either. I think what speaks most loudly is 0-12 for this season and 11-37 in four years here. Willingham has been fired by two different BCS schools in four years, something that hasn’t happened often, if ever, and that alone would make him a tough sell at a new school, one would think. With all but one job filled at the moment (more could always open) it doesn’t look as if he’ll be a head coach in college next season. A more likely destination could be an assistant’s job in the NFL if he decides to keep coaching. He made a lot of money the last few years so he doesn’t have to work if he doesn’t want to.
And I promise I’ll get to the Chris Izbicki question on the next batch.
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