If a report from FootballScoop.com is true, sounds like there may indeed be major changes ahead on the Washington defensive coaching staff.
The web site reported a little while ago that defensive coordinator Nick Holt and safeties coach Jeff Mills “will not return” in 2012. The site doesn’t cite a source for its report.
I have not been able to confirm the report and most of the UW traveling party — coaches, players, staff — is said to still be en route from San Antonio (and actually, lots of people are going in all kinds of different directions as they can go where they want right now). So I can’t say if it’s true.
Like every assistant on the staff, both had contracts through the 2012 season, Holt’s paying him $650,000 a year.
Both had been with the Huskies since UW coach Steve Sarkisian took over prior to the 2009 season and would be the first forced changes on the staff since then — cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin left on his own to go to UCLA earlier this month.
Sarkisian said after Thursday night’s 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl that he would evaluate every aspect of the football program.
UW allowed 777 yards in that game to officially make this year’s defense the worst in school history in terms of yards allowed per game (453.3), passing yards allowed per game (284.6) and total points allowed (467). The yards and points allowed stats each broke marks that had been set during the infamous 0-12 season of 2008 that led to Sarkisian’s hiring.
Holt was a celebrated hire by Sarkisian, who lured him away from a similar position at USC to handle his defense — Sarkisian calls the offensive plays and essentially runs that side of the ball.
Mills is a former player at Western Washington who was a graduate assistant at UW in 1990 and 1991 and has worked at a number of stops before getting hired fulltime at UW along with the rest of Sarkisian’s staff prior to the 2009 season.