A New Year also means a new direction for the UW defense, the story that will dominate the conversation here for a while.
So a few links and notes on that and other things as we kick off 2012. …
— CoachingSearch.com has some thoughts on what UW may do now. An interesting point made in the story about Steve Sarkisian having a good reputation as a guy to work for. Given UW’s ability to pay a lot, that the offense seems primed to continue to be good, and being a Pac-12 school with a large following and tradition, I don’t think there will be any shortage of interest in these jobs.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller reviews the firing of Holt and throws out the name of Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitaki as a possible DC candidate. Sitaki is a BYU grad and was there both before and after Sarkisian, but not there at the same time.
UPDATE, 2 P.M. — It sounds like Sitake may really be one worth watching. He reportedly makes $170,000 a year, or about four times less than what Holt was, so he’d obviously have a lot of reasons to make such a move. Sataki was recently a candidate for the head coaching job at Hawaii, which instead went to Norm Chow.
— It’s widely assumed former Arizona coach Mike Stoops is headed back to Oklahoma, though there’s nothing official yet.
— It’s possible some of the interviews for jobs could happen at the American Football Coaches Association Convention in San Antonio Jan. 8-11. Here’s some details on that (and yes. those are some of the same hotels used for the Alamo Bowl).
— As part of our year-end package, we took look ahead at every team we cover and what the new year might bright. Here’s my piece on UW football.
— UWTV is hosting its annual New Year’s Day Marathon of classic Husky games today. Among those on tap are the 1992 Nebraska game, the 1994 Cal game, the 1994 Miami the 1998 Arizona State game, and the 1991 Oregon.
— Skyline QB Max Browne has been rated a five-star recruit by Rivals.com.
— Some interesting stuff here on how UCLA’s coaching search unfolded, including a mention of Sarkisian.
— Among Scout.com’s 2012 predictions is that USC will be the pre-season No. 1.
— Sporting News puts Chris Polk on its “perfect team” that could beat the SEC.