As the Pac-12 Coaching Carousel Turns
In a month where not too much has gone right for the Oregon Ducks, some good news landed on our airstrip with the announcement that Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu were both coming back next season. This, combined with an almost too easy win over Oregon State
and the news that Huskies Head Coach Steve Sarkisian had accepted a promotion to USC made this week better than a few of the other recent weeks.
But I am nothing, if not helpful. If and when I am asked to weigh in on the coaching search in Montlake, I just might have some ideas.
1. The Huskies have a very young team: If you don’t believe me, just ask them. They’ll be glad to tell you all day long how young they are. That said, I think that a coach with a track record of relating to young people would be just the right fit for the Huskies. Combine relatability with the musical prowess that former Coach Neuheisel offered and you have a winning formula. That’s why my first choice would be someone who already knows their stupid song.
2. The Huskies Need to Make a Big Splash: With their feelers hurt because USC fans wanted a “Big Name” and the Huskies were sure that Sarkisian was one, Washington needs to make some waves with their next hire. Former assistant Doug Nussmeier isn’t a big enough name. Neither is current defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. There really is only one coach that could provide the splash the the Huskies need.
3. The Huskies Deserve a Proven Winner: Of course they do. Captain .500 has left the building and is now in Los Angeles. It’s been longer than most of us have been alive since the Huskies were a national power and, doggone it, that’s right where they ought to be. Who better than someone who has shown that he can lead teams right to the top of the mountain.
4. The Huskies Want to Play Traditional Offense, Because Oregon Runs a “Gimmick.” That’s true. The Huskies and their traditional offense is a much better way to get players into the pros than those “system backs” that come out of Oregon.
What was I saying again?
Oh yes, a traditional coach is what is needed at a school with as much storied tradition as the Huskies have, or at least that’s the “story” they are peddling.
When it’s all said and done, the Huskies will get their man (or their mermaid) and put a team on the field that is full of hype and hope next September.
And then the Ducks will crush them again.