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January 16, 2009 at 10:10 AM

January answers, volume eight

I’m in Oregon with the basketball team, but I’ll try to rip off a few sets of Q-and-A’s today, and keep up to date if there is any other news on the football front.
So here we go with the first batch:
Q: Is there any news on where some of the old assistants may land?
A: The Denver Post reported today that Ed Donatell is a candidate to be the secondary coach for the Broncos, and there was one rumor out there that it’s a done deal. Other than that, I haven’t heard of anything. I know as of mid-week the word was none of them had yet to get jobs, but a few of them were at the coaches convention trying to lay the ground work for future employment. Donatell was the only member of the old staff that had a multi-year deal. Denver would make some sense for Donatell as he worked there previously, from 1995-99, winning two Super Bowl rings as an assistant there under Mike Shanahan. Donatell had also been rumored in the mix for a job with the Raiders, but so far, nothing has come of that.
Q: What’s the connection between Idaho and UW for all of these coaches? We’ve had many coaches come here from Idaho, notably Chris Tormey and Keith Gilbertson and now all the guys on the new staff. Is it because Idaho is the nearest mid-major school, or something else?
A: I think it’s “something else,” specifically a personnal relationship between the head coach at the time and who he is hiring. In the case of Tormey and Gilbertson, each worked at UW as well before leaving for Idaho, then returning to Washington. So both had personal relations with people here as well as prior experience here that made them attractive to the UW coaches at the time. As for the new staff, the common thread isn’t just Idaho, but having also worked with either Steve Sarkisian or Nick Holt — and in Holt’s case, the fact that he spent so much time at Idaho as an assistant and head coach invariably meant that the previous working relationship he had with a lot of these coaches was at Idaho (he also worked with some of them at Louisville). If being at Idaho has anything to do with it, it would be that all these guys have experience in the Northwest, which may have made them more amenable to coming to UW as well as giving them previous knowledge of the area, making them attractive to hire. But I really don’t think there’s any Idaho litmus test or something. Just the way it worked out.
Q: When is the Spring Game this year?
A: We have not been told officially, but I would assume it would be April 25, working on the same time line as has always been the case with spring football. As soon as there is an official announcement of dates for spring practice I will pass it along.
More later.



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