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January 6, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Two new coaches?

The Huskies may have two new assistant coaches on board soon, according to FootballScoop.com.
The web site isn’t always 100 percent accurate, but does often have the inside on coaching moves around the country.
And today it reports that Jeff Mills of Youngstown State and Mike Cox of the St. Louis Rams will be joining the UW staff.
Each makes sense as each has a background with new UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt, with Mills also having a history at UW as a graduate assistant in 1990 and 1991 — pretty good years if I recall.
Cox is currently the linebackers coach with the Rams but worked for years at Idaho and Louisville alongside Holt, working for head coach John L. Smith.
Mills has been defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Youngstown State but previously worked at Idaho when Holt was head coach there and is a graduate of Western Washington. Youngstown State is a I-AA school (I hate that other term they have for it now). Mills’ UW past also means he has a knowledge of the school and the Seattle area.
Both appear to have almost solely defensive coaching experience, meaning I guess that they would likely work on that side of the ball at UW.
Cox would obviously likely fill the LB job for the Huskies. Mills was safeties coach at Idaho so maybe the plan here would be to split up the secondary between Mills and Demetrice Martin, who was already named as a defensive backs coach for the Huskies. Mills, however, also played quarterback in college.
Including Holt, that would give UW five defensive assistant coaches — nine are allowed, meaning UW would then need to hire three more on offense.
But given that head coach Steve Sarkisian is essentially another offensive coach, with all of his experience on that side of the ball, it would seem a natural split to have five defensive assistant coaches, four offensive assistant coaches, plus Sarkisian, who has already said he will call the plays on offense and work closely with the quarterbacks.
If these two come on board soon, UW would have six assistants, plus Sarkisian, as the heavy January recruiting period commences. Only seven coaches are allowed on the road at one time, so UW would have enough to fill that quota if these hires indeed happen quickly.

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