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Willingham’s Scorched Earth

Posted by JoePa on October 7, 2008

This article points out why it was so hard for me to watch Washington’s current state of football after seeing the exact same thing at Notre Dame:


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Ridiculous Coaching Suggestion #2:

Posted by JoePa on October 5, 2008

OSU’s Mike Riley.  OK, this one actually is pretty ridiculous.  I’m still all for Lane Kiffin.  It’s an open week for the Huskies after an 0-5 start (most recently a 48-14 thrashing from Arizona, where the Wildcats pulled their starters in the 3rd quarter), so I think the thing to do is fire Ty today, then hire Lane Kiffin.  Let some current assistant take over for the rest of the season and have Kiffin only recruit for the next 2 months.  Maybe that’s actually kind of dumb (or against NCAA rules somehow?), since I haven’t heard of other schools ever doing that, but I say give it a try.  This season has already gone to hell.  Ty is needlessly burning redshirts in garbage time.  So why not put this season into the tank officially, but at least get a head start on recruiting and a new coaching staff for the long-term benefit?  I mean, how many kids are going to recruit to UW over the next 2-3 months when it’s fairly obvious Ty is gone?

But here’s my case for Mike Riley Read the rest of this entry »

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Jake Locker to play other position(s)

Posted by JoePa on October 2, 2008

I love this quote:

“It is possible,” Willingham said. “I can’t tell you where right now. But he is a tremendous athlete, and the ability to play five, six, seven positions exists.”

These are the 7 positions I want to see Jake Locker play (in no particular order):

  1. Kicker
  2. Center
  3. Nose Tackle
  4. Punter
  5. Fullback
  6. Left Tackle
  7. Free Safety

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0-4 — Locker Injured

Posted by JoePa on October 1, 2008

OK, so it’s been two weeks since I’ve updated anything, but I don’t feel too badly about it, since it’s been 46 weeks since the Huskies have won a game.

This weekend I went to the Stanford game, and the good thing about two teams with bad defenses is that there will be a lot of scoring.  That’s what we had this weekend, but unfortunatly that’s about the only good thing that I can think of right now.

The next three games are going to be huge for the Huskies, with matches against Arizona, Oregon State, and Notre Dame.  Now they have to do it without Jake Locker at quarterback.  That might not be entirely a bad thing, considering Locker has a hard time completing a pass over 20 yards.  What would be truly exciting is if he came back with a broken arm to play another position.

Also, Lane Kiffin finally got fired by the Raiders, so I say the Huskies make a play for him

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Ridiculous Coaching Suggestion #1:

Posted by JoePa on September 15, 2008

Lane Kiffin.  This suggestion was brought up by my brother yesterday morning after we saw of reports that Al Davis wants Lane Kiffin out, and it could happen as soon as this morning.  So a few of us discussed that possibility, and it seems like it could be a pretty good hire, and here are a couple reasons why: (1) Lane Kiffin has plenty of experience in the Pac-10 and the west coast due to all his time at USC from 2001 to 2006.  (2) If he does get fired mid-season, it makes a mid-season coaching change for the Huskies more sensible.  They could try to get the deal done with Kiffin ASAP, and have him in place for the recruiting season.  Any jump on recruiting this year seems like it makes sense.

I guess the jury is still out on how good of a head coach he is, but I think it would be pretty easy to sum up his Raider tenure as a year with an awful team and a psychotic owner.  You can’t really use this experience as a basis to know how good of a head coach he is.  However, we do know that Pete Carroll sucked as an NFL head coach, and things have been working out pretty well for USC lately. 

Here’s an excerpt from his bio on the Raider website:

In 2005, he was promoted to offensive and recruiting coordinator while continuing as the wide receivers coach. In Kiffin’s three years as recruiting coordinator at USC, the Trojans had the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in college football every year. Under Kiffin’s leadership in 2006, the Trojans finished first in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency by averaging 142.8 yards per game, produced two, 1,000-yard receivers (Dwayne Jarrett — 1,105, Steve Smith — 1,083) and a 3,000-yard passer (John David Booty — 3,347).

If he can use his recruiting prowess to get some athletes of that caliber to Seattle, things could look pretty good for the Huskies in the future.

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Lay Off Willingham

Posted by JoePa on September 11, 2008

haha…just kidding.  I would never support that, but it’s the message that Washington President Mark Emmert is sending to the fans.  I hate to admit it, but he does have a good point about the ridiculousness of their schedule this year.  Starting off the season at top-20 Oregon, hosting top-20 BYU, then hosting top-5 Oklahoma just sucks.  There really isn’t a more eloquent way of putting it.  Even Pete Carroll would have a hard time not going 0-3 against that slate with such a young team.

I previously quoted another blog stating that there was a possibility that Ty might be gone in the bye week after Oklahoma.  Now, I’m no Ty apologist, but that’s clearly wrong now that I’ve thought about it a bit more and watched the BYU game.  It was a completely different team that showed up this Saturday as opposed to at Oregon.  As usual, Locker was sweet, but the coaching staff was able to avoid going full retard and changed their defense, and the rest of the team played well too.  Unless Oklahoma seriously embarasses the Huskies, or Ty pulls a Woody Hayes, Ty will be the coach for at least 4 more games, and here is why: Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Celebration Post

Posted by JoePa on September 10, 2008

15 yards, right there.

15 yards, right there.

So the sports reporting world was very quick to jump all over the unfortunate events of the last 8 seconds of the BYU-Washington game last weekend.  In case you were living under a rock the past few days, here is how it went down:

Lots of bloggers and journalists have reported on this ad nauseum, so I will try not to repeat much.  Most are either sympathetic to Locker’s emotions, decrying the idiocy of the referees, or merely pointing out the inevitable ending of a game coached by Tyrone Willingham as detailed in my previous post.

It brings me great pains to say that my favorite article on the matter came from ESPN, where  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jake Locker – The 2nd Most Wasted Resource in the World

Posted by JoePa on September 8, 2008

From the Sporting Blog College Football Breakdown (Scroll Down):

W is for Water. The most-wasted resource in the United States is water. The second is Jake Locker, a heroic player with talent shooting from every seam of his being.

Where does the Ty Willingham factor come into the debacled finale of the BYU/Washington game? Not in the final celebration penalty, on which the universe has come to complete agreement. (Complete and total crap, and interventionist officiating at its ticky-tackiest worst.) The Willingham factor comes in the fact that, once it happened, everyone watching knew in their gut that the extra point was blocked, because that’s just what seems to happen to Ty Willingham’s teams in his post-Stanford career: improbable losses in the clutch due to some malaise or neglect at the margins. And in a game of margins, those add up to long-term success or, in Willingham’s case at Washington, failure.

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UW loses to BYU & Pac-10 officials

Posted by JoePa on September 6, 2008

Washington quarterback Jake Locker (10) runs past BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson (41) for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Husky Stadium in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington quarterback Jake Locker (10) runs past BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson (41) for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

More info coming soon when I analyze the game tape, but a heartbreaking loss @ home to the BYU Cougars.  Jake Locker tried as hard as he could to lead the Huskies to victory, scoring a potential game-tying touchdown with 2 seconds left, but got called for a unsportsmanlike celebration penalty, which was totally bogus, and the next play was a blocked PAT for the Cougar win.

On the bright side, the coaching staff got the team playing better after an embarrassing loss to the Ducks, and they lined up in a 4-3 defense.  That was a very refreshing change from last week.

More info coming later when I get home from Seattle, and as we look forward to the game against the Oklahoma Sooners.

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To BYU or not to BYU?

Posted by JoePa on September 1, 2008

Jake Locker vs. Ohio State '07

Jake Locker vs. Ohio State '07

…that is the question for me this weekend.  One thing I know for certain is that I’m taking the train from Portland to Seattle this weekend, but do I actually want to go to the BYU-UW game?

UW has already shown its incredible ineptitude against the pre-season AP #21 team in Oregon, and now it will be going against the pre-season #16 team.  BYU has a much more experienced squad and aspirations of an undefeated party to crash the BCS party.  Luckily for UW, I have to think the Oregon’s defense is much better than BYU’s, so perhaps the Huskies can generate some sort of running game that isn’t based around Jake Locker scrambling.

So my options at this point are to either go to the UW game at noon, or to watch the Notre Dame season opener on TV at 12:30.  I think at this point, I’m leaning towards heading to Montlake to tailgate in the morning, then head to a locale where I can watch both games on TV.  Unless of course, UW has an option as awesome as Eugene’s Moshofsky Center (after the jump).  Perhaps I could watch the kickoff of the Huskies in person, and by the time ND kicks off a 1/2-hour later, BYU should have put the game should be out of reach. Read the rest of this entry »

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