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January 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

A hint at a new defensive backs coach?

Well, it’s definitely a new information age we live in, where the rumors can come from all angles.

I say that as a preface that I’d rarely use a Tweet as a basis for a blog entry.

But this one makes some sense as Shaquille Thompson, a highly-rated defensive back from Grant High in Sacramento who is being heavily recruited by UW, Tweeted today that “UW got my old bros old Coach. .. Coach Simms.”

That would be an apparent reference to Al Simmons, who was the defensive backs coach at Cal at two different times — 1998-2000 and 2008-2010 — the latter time coaching Thompson’s older brother, Syd’Quan.

Here is Al Simmons’ bio.

After leaving Cal following the 2010 season (there are some conflicting accounts whether he left on his own or was encouraged to leave), he spent last season assisting Mike Price at UTEP (where he was officially listed as safeties coach).

I have no confirmation on this one, and there is nothing from the school today. But as I said, it makes some sense, assuming the initial Tweet from Thompson is correct.

UW has openings for both a safeties coach or a cornerbacks coach, though it could make that one job together, as many schools do, and fill out the staff a different way — teams can have nine full-time assistants and a head coach. The hirings yesterday of Justin Wilcox and Peter Sirmon gave UW seven full-time assistants.

Shaquille Thompson is expected to make a decision and announcement of his college on Saturday.

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m. — I’ll add that another rumor making the rounds is that UW would just promote Donte Williams to fill the cornerbacks spot. Williams was a graduate assistant this year who handled the CB spot for the Alamo Bowl once Demetrice Martin left.

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