UW fans who think the Huskies should be accomplishing more in the big picture aren’t alone.
Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, now an analyst for ESPN, had some pretty strong comments about the current state of the UW program in an interview today on ESPN 710 Seattle with Mike Salk and former UW quarterback Brock Huard.
You can listen to it below — Bellotti’s interview runs from about the 23-minute mark to the 30-minute mark.
The interview began with Bellotti being asked where he thinks UW’s program is now and he said “it’s treating water. And I don’t think it should be.”
Bellotti said that when he came into the league at Oregon (as an assistant in 1989) that the Ducks looked at Washington “as the model team” in how to build a program, saying that USC is “a different animal in terms of that.”
Bellotti said that UW’s tradition, setting and support mean that “there’s absolutely no reason Washington shouldn’t be one of the top three schools in the Pac-12, regardless of who is in the Pac-12, regardless of Oregon or USC or Stanford or anything like that.”
He said on several occasions that he did not mean the comments to reflect on current coach Steve Sarkisian, saying “this is not anything against Sark.” But he said he thinks UW should be further along than it is in the fourth year under Sarkisian and that “I don’t know where it’s falling down. But the reality is if people are saying you can’t win in Seattle, they are looking through the wrong kind of glasses.”
You can listen to the entire interview below: