Washington AD Scott Woodward enters the third day of his search to replace Steve Sarkisian, and you can be sure there’s a sense of urgency on his part. No, it’s certainly not time to panic. But each day that goes by is a day lost in recruiting — and recruiting will be the new coach’s No. 1 priority when he arrives in Seattle.
Onto some links:
— Jim Mora listened to his head, not his heart, and is staying at UCLA.
— Could Plan B be a familiar face, Doug Nussmeier?
— Sarkisian apologizes for his misleading interview on KJR from Monday.
Five years later, Washington has qualified for four straight bowl games, put $280 million into a fabulous renovation of Husky Stadium and built a young and gifted roster. The Huskies finished the 2013 regular season with an 8-4 record, their best mark in a dozen years.
Woodward doesn’t have to mask any odor to sell this program now. He operates from a stronger position. His challenge is strikingly different today.
It’s not about reviving. It’s about finishing.
It’s not about hiring the best coach he can under the circumstances. It’s about hiring the best coach, period.
This time, the Huskies are fishing in much better water. They can reel in a sitting head coach with a proven track record. That’s what Woodward must do, unless an assistant coach blows him away as college football’s next great head coach.
To be frank, don’t hire another Sark.
— One fan’s top-10 list of reasons why he’s thrilled Sarkisian is gone.
— The L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke: Three days later, the battle for L.A. raged on.
— USC’s Pat Haden says Sark was the only one offered the job.
— More on Mora’s contract extension at UCLA.
— Other Pac-12 coaches weigh in on Sark’s move.
— Marcus Mariota is returning to Oregon.
— Is Todd Graham awakening a sleeping giant at Arizona State?
Most interesting thing I’ve heard today re: UW search is that Chris Petersen is intrigued enough to listen. That alone says something
— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 3, 2013