An interesting item today from the Salt Lake Tribune on the new contract the Utes gave defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake.
As noted in the story, Sitake got a new contract that will pay him $500,000 per year for two-and-a-half years.
The contract officially began Jan. 1, the day before UW announced the hiring of Justin Wilcox as its new defensive coordinator. No doubt, that’s just a normal start date for a new contract.
But considering that Sitake’s name was mentioned as a potentially serious candidate for the Huskies, the timing of his new deal may be more than coincidental. Whether or not UW ever talked to Sitake — or merely had him on the list if the search had needed to go on longer — the Utes obviously made an aggressive move to keep Sitake in the fold a while.
And like a lot of others made around the Pac-12 in the past few months, it’s the kind you figure might not have been made without the promise of the money coming from the conference’s new TV deal.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— A Green Bay Packer web site takes a look at Chris Polk.
— Should have passed this along earlier, but Larry Stone had a nice story Sunday on San Diego Padres catcher Nick Hundley, son of former UW defensive coordinator Tim Hundley, and his memories of the Huskies and Seattle.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has a video look at UW’s spring priorities.
— Miller also reports that Utah QB Jordan Wynn — who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against UW — is 100 percent.
— Might the Steelers be interested in Alameda Ta’amu?
— Odd story out of San Diego about one SDSU player being a witness against another in a felony case. San Diego State is UW’s first opponent next year on Sept. 1 at CenturyLink Field.
— CBSSports.com has a spring practice primer on Cal, which begins spring drills Tuesday.