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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

July 1, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Reviewing D.J. and previewing U.W.

First today is the continuation of the Pac-10 coaches countdown from Buster Sports, which finally reaches to Don James, ranked third in the modern era.
That obviously leaves USC’s Pete Carroll and John McKay at one and two (or two and one). I don’t think you can argue McKay at all — the late ’60s early ’70s USC teams remain one of the two greatest dynasties in modern Pac-10 history. Carroll’s USC teams are obviously the other. Some might argue that James’ longeviety should move him ahead of Carroll.
But Carroll’s sheer dominance of the conference coming after a time when parity had seemed to render such dynasties unlikely to happen again is a good counter argument. I see some of you have already begun debating this in the comments section and one poster pointed out how close James was to going to about twice as many Rose Bowls as the six he did. The 1982 and 1983 Apple Cup losses, when UW needed just a win to go to the Rose Bowl, were particularly hard to take and if the Huskies had won those and gone to four straight Rose Bowls, you could maybe move James up a spot. But being where he is makes it clear that James is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in conference history, which is obviously as it should be.
Also available today is the UW preview from Athlon’s magazine, which is now on-line.
Here was my recap from last month of how Athlon’s previewed UW and the Pac-10.

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