This has been rumored for a little while, but Western Kentucky made it official today that it has hired Nick Holt as its new defensive coordinator. There, Holt will work with Bobby Petrino, who he has also worked with in the past.
Holt served this year as the on-campus recruiting coordinator at Arkansas, in somewhat of an oddity basically taking over the job held by Jessica Dorrell, the woman who was at the center of the scandal that got Petrino fired.
The WKU job will be Holt’s first on-field coaching position since he was fired at UW following the 2011 season.
The other two coaches who were fired then coached this season — Jeff Mills as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at New Mexico and Mike Cox as linebackers coach at Kansas State, which tomorrow plays Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Scout.com has named UW DL commit Elijah Qualls the top defensive player at the Semper Fi Bowl each of the last two days. Greg Biggins wrote Tuesday of Qualls “was dominant in every drill and show why he’s arguably the most explosive defensive tackle in the region.”
— ESPN.com’s Travis Haney expanded on why he thinks UW will be a surprise team in 2013. including the “good vibes” of returning to Husky Stadium and that he expects Keith Price to bounce back saying “he wasn’t as bad” as his numbers indicated. While having Husky Stadium done will no doubt be nice, it’s hard to argue that was a real cause of UW’s issues this year as the Huskies went 5-1 at CenturyLink Field.
— Linebacker Reuben Foster of Auburn, Ala., told ESPN.com he plans to visit UW Jan. 11 but that he also might wait past the Feb. 6 letter-of-intent signing day to make a decision. He said he is also considering Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina.
— While there was one NFL.com story mentioning Steve Sarkisian as a possible candidate with the Eagles, there has been nothing since then — here’s a roundup of Eagles’ coaching rumors, none of which include Sarkisian.
— Here’s the Pac-12 Rundown from The Oregonian with lots of links on Stanford’s Rose Bowl win and Oregon’s game upcoming.
— Here’s more Oregon stuff from The Oregonian, including Chip Kelly continuing to deflect questions about the NFL.
— Bud Withers picks Oregon to win the Fiesta Bowl 35-30.
— A few more Pac-12 links from Christian Caple.
— Jake Locker is set to have shoulder surgery, and also reflects on his season in this story.
— I missed this initially, but here’s a Q-and-A with Daniel Te’o-Nesheim from TampaBay.com.
— The LA Times looks at what’s next for USC.