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January 6, 2009 at 5:42 PM

A few more Holt notes

Here are a few more notes and quotes from today’s press conference:
Nick Holt and Steve Sarkisian each said that USC coach Pete Carroll was disappointed that Holt is leaving. But Sarkisian said he doesn’t think it will create a rift between the two programs.
Said Sarkisian: “Pete obviously is a great mentor for all of us that have gone through there and at the end of the day I think he wants to see the guys who have been through there be successful and go on and move on. And that’s the way he views it, that that is his legacy, what we go out and do and how I perform here and as Nick moves forward after his career here on to a head coaching opportunity, that’s Pete’s legacy and the stuff we learned from him will obviously carry witih us forever. …; Obviously he’s not real happy that we are gone rigiht now, but I think as time moves on he is going to be proud of what we do here and proud of our careers.”
— Holt said having total contral of a defense was “a great lure” to come to UW. Here’s the complete quote on that: “That was a great lure. A lot of people will ask that (what his role was at USC.) I did the game planning with the other defensive staff, I did all the scripts. I did all the practices, I did all the nuts and bolts of that operation. On game day, coach Carroll did the defense. He wanted to do it and that’s fine. He was the head coach and that’s his prerogative, the head coach can do what he wants to do and he did an awesome job and I learned a lot from him. … Now I feel really ready to just do it all myself with help from the assistants that are coming in because they are gong to provide great ideas themselves and it will be a collective effort with the rest of the assistant coaches very similar to what we did at USC. But coach always had the bottom line and the final say on a lot of stuff since he was the coach and I respected him for that.”
— Here’s Holt talking about his plans for the defense: “It better be pretty good. That’s the bottom line. It’s going to take a lot of hard work. They’ve got to learn a new system. There have been really good coahes here in the past. They played great defense here in the past. We’ve got to recruit really, really well to our needs and to our style of defense and that’s going to take a little bit of time. But I think the No. 1 issue as far as defense is to recruit the guys we already have here on campus and get them on the boat, teach them, love them, get them to believe in us and get them to play at a whole different level than what has been goign on around here. We’ve got our work cut out starting today in the weight room, first day lifting. I know Thursday is the first day of manditory lifting. It’s voluntary workouts the next couple of days. We’ve got to meet the kids, get to know them so they get to know us, where we’re coming from, get the rest of our staff in here and go to work. We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get this stuff done. It’s who we have right now. we’ve got to recruit our butts off, like i said. Hopefully those new kids will help in the fall but for the time being, we’ve got to coach up the guys that are here and get them to believe in us and I think we’ll do a good job of that.”
— Holt several times said that UW will hire some additional defensive coaches in the next few days, a further indicator that the FootballScoop.com report about Jeff Mills and Mike Cox is true. Here’s a quote where he mentions that as welll as talking about how the defense may look: “Let me say this, the system that I was involved in with coach Carroll was an awesome system. He is the best defensive mind in football. And we will continue to do what we’ve been doing and what I know and that is coach Carroll’s system. Obviously we’ll bring in some other guys that I know from the past and hopefully we’ll get them and bring in some new ideas also, because you always want to get better. Every year where I’m coming from we tried to get better and change with every year and every new style of offense we see every fall. Our base package will be similar but we’ll add to it just like everybody does. But it is a great system and I learned it from the best and it will work here too.”
— Here’s Holt talking about adjusting his scheme to UW’s personnel: “You have to adjust schematically to what personnel you have and what personnel you inherit so you can recruit to the scheme recruit and see what you need to do. I’m not going to change my coaching style and who I am. We are going to change the kids and that’s first and foremost and trust me on this — we are smart enough to understand that some kids can’t do this or do that and adjust our scheme. But in terms of our style and how we go about our business and methodology and coaching we are not going to change. We will get them to play hard and play with a passion and they will have fun here. No doubt in my mind they will start having fun here again hopefully and we will adjust our scheme to the talent that we have but there are certain parameters of our defense that I won’t vary far from those fundamentals. We have certain principles in our defense and our kids will follow those principles.”
— Finally, to all of you debating the merits of paying Holt $2.1 million over three years, the UW athletic department is indeed self-sustaining. It does not take money from the general fund and in fact has a several-million (I don’t know the exact number right now) surplus. So this isn’t money that would be going to a professor or something. So if you want to debate the general idea of whether coaches make too much, that’s fair. But again, this is money raised by the athletic department for the use of the athletic department.
More later.

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