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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

January 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM

January answers, volume four

Off with another round. …
Q: Any update on filling out the coaching staff?
A: Sounds as if the defensive staff will be officially done soon. As reported here and elsewhere, Jeff Mills is expected to soon be officially hired as a secondary coach. Mills has been on-campus this week and I was told has already officially begun his duties. Mike Cox, currently linebackers coach of the Rams, is expected to be named to the same position here soon. So that will fill out the defensive staff with five coaches with Nick Holt, defensive line coach Johnny Nansen and secondary coach Demetrice Martin the others (with exact responsibilities for Mills and Martin still to be annonuced. That leaves three offensive coaching spots to be filled — running backs, receivers, tight ends and quarterbacks (though obviously combining some of those in some manner). With Steve Sarkisian and Jim Michalczik also in the fold, UW will have a full complement of seven coaches it can send out on the road recruiting. As for some of those offensive spots, RealDawg.com is reporting that Raiders tight end coach Kelly Skipper, who has worked at WSU and UCLA, could be in line for an offensive spot, as could DelVaughn Alexander, currently the WR coach at Wisconsin.
Q: Are there plans to introduce Sarkisian at a basketball game, as they did for previous new coaches?
A: Tentatively yes, but still unsure when. Sarkisian is obviously out on the road recruiting a lot so it’ll need to be a game when he’s around. But sounds as if it could happen at one of the games in two weeks when UW hosts USC and UCLA.
Q: So why on the Jake Locker penalty against BYU did the Huskies get penalized on the PAT when I’ve seen a number of instances since then where the penalty was on the kickoff?
A: Simple, the offended team has the choice to take it on the PAT or the kickoff. BYU chose the PAT since there was so little time left on the clock — two seconds — that it wouldn’t help to take it on the kickoff, and the fact the Cougars thought they could block the kick, as they did. Most teams take it on the kickoff thinking it’s a bigger advantage to get the better field position on the next drive.
More later.

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