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February 9, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Michalczik explains departure

I spoke just a little while ago with Jim Michalczik to get his explanation for why he’s leaving UW after less than two months for a job with the Oakland Raiders.
Here’s the story that resulted.
As the story should make clear, Michalczik said this was simply too good of an opportunity to pass up. He said coaching in the NFL — which he has never done — has always been a dream.
“You always want to coach at the highest level and the best athletes that you can,” he said. “You want to coach the best and do battle with the best.”
He said he knew the timing was bad and would raise questions, but he said several times this had nothing to do with UW — “I was very happy there,” he said — but just a desire to coach in the NFL and for good friend Tom Cable.
“We’re in that same coaching tree (Dennis Erickson, Keith Gilbertson),” he said. “I replaced him at Montana State and I visited him when he was coaching at Cal and spent time with him.”
He said not having to move his family — which includes wife Jennifer and sons ages 9 and 6 — was also a plus. He said this weekend that one of his sons asked him”dad, if we do real good at Washington, can you come coach for the Raiders and we can move back here?”
Another clincher is that he will be the head offensive line coach and not just an assistant. And while no contract details are available, he is likely getting at least a two-year deal for equal or likely more money than he was getting at UW.
All of that, he said, just made it an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“I wish there was more of a story, but there isn’t,” he said.
I also spoke today with UW AD Scott Woodward, who said he isn’t concerned that there have been two quick changes to the coaching staff.
“It’s very common in this day and age (to have a lot of movement),” he said. Woodward said he is comfortable UW will hire good coaches to replace Michalczik and WR coach Aaron Roderick.

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