A few notes to warm up your Wednesday night. …
— What will likely be one of the first moves for new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eric Kiesau is a visit to Cyler Miles (pictured right), the four-star QB from Mullen High in Denver who has been committed to UW since June.
I talked to Miles on Tuesday and he said he had not heard from UW about who it was yet to hire — that was about 30 hours or so ago as I type this so I would imagine he has now (and sorry, just was late getting this up on the blog as the interview was mostly for a longer story down the road).
When I asked if he was still committed to UW he said “I’m still pretty solid. It just depends on who they bring in for the OC.” When I asked if he planned any more visits before signing day he said “not right now.”
He said he had gotten a few more calls from schools since it was learned that Doug Nussmeier was leaving for Alabama. But he didn’t indicate he was real interested in looking around and said it hasn’t been difficult to stay committed to UW. Miles was a co-MVP of the Army All-American Game earlier this month but said that didn’t necessarily bring a lot of other schools coming after him.
“I think a lot of schools know I’m committed so (he hasn’t) gotten a lot of calls,” he said.
— Another popular question in the days since the hiring of Tosh Lupoi and some of the other new assistants is whether the Huskies could get back in the hunt for Josh Garnett. Mason Kelley talked to Garnett today and found out the answer, which isn’t a happy one for UW fans as Garnett said he hasn’t changed his mind and isn’t considering UW.
Asked about UW’s hiring of Lupoi, Garnett said:
“I thought it was weird at first, just because Tosh was one of the guys who I never thought would move schools, because he would always preach the Cal-Berkeley pride and how he would never leave there and how he just loves Cal and how he wished I could be a part of Cal’s family. I saw him at the Under-Armour game and he was still preaching that stuff. He moves, all of a sudden, up to Washington and I thought it was just strange for his character. A job opportunity came about. It’s a business, so he had to make a business decision.”
— Cal fans really aren’t happy with Steve Sarkisian and Lupoi. Obviously, people at Cal are talking behind the scenes. This will all make for a juicy subplot to the Friday, Nov. 2 game in Berkeley.
— Cal has also hired former NFL standout Wes Chandler to replace Kiesau on staff as its new WR coach. Obviously that’s relevant since it will be up to Chandler now to re-establish relationships with the guys UW now seems to have a chance at such as Cedric Dozier and Jordan Payton.
— SI.com has more on the fallout on Cal’s recruiting of Lupoi’s departure.
— Here’s more on the official announcement of Doug Nussmeier becoming the new OC at Alabama.