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  • Spleenhawk2.0 wrote:Love the hire - great coach. Not as great of a recruiter but if he can keep some of the current asst. staff, they are known as really good recruiters and can help the process. The Huskies just got significantly better without firing a sitting coach. Thank you USC!!


    It will definitely be interesting to see how he does in recruiting. At Boise State he got a lot of under the radar type guys. At UW he'll be going up against all the other pac 12 schools for most recruits. He's not the most charismatic guy in the world but he has an excellent track record and his wins and losses speak for themselves.
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  • JSeahawks wrote:
    Spleenhawk2.0 wrote:Love the hire - great coach. Not as great of a recruiter but if he can keep some of the current asst. staff, they are known as really good recruiters and can help the process. The Huskies just got significantly better without firing a sitting coach. Thank you USC!!


    It will definitely be interesting to see how he does in recruiting. At Boise State he got a lot of under the radar type guys. At UW he'll be going up against all the other pac 12 schools for most recruits. He's not the most charismatic guy in the world but he has an excellent track record and his wins and losses speak for themselves.

    I am VERY interested to see the impact on recruiting. Sark relied on Charisma and persistence, Petersen can rely on track record and "name". But I believe that with the same talent on the team, Petersen's coaching alone will help the Huskies win one or two more games. Reminds me of the 49ers hire of Harbaugh. Good talent with questionable coaching...immediate upgrade
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  • There are more Boise State alums in the NFL than UW alums (also more than Arizona, ASU, Oregon State, WSU).

    He's either recruiting top-end talent or developing it in-house. Either way, he knows how to put good players on the field. Being in Seattle with a sparkling new facility is only going to help. He had to convince kids to play on blue turf in Boise, Idaho before this.
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  • Pat Haden at least helped one great hire transpire.
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  • HOLY BALLS BATMAN!!!

    92 - 12 !!!

    I'm soooo damn stoked right now. This is the best case scenario IMO.

    So, I'm curious, since UW got the guy that USC wanted but couldn't get, what does that do for UW's supposed status as a "stepping stone program" ?
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  • Big news for UW, I hope they can keep up recruiting wise with USC/UCLA/Oregon and such.

    As a fan of BSU and UW, this is pretty cool. It sucks a little for BSU but not as much as people think as long as BSU gets another good upcoming coach on the rise and honestly it was time for him to move on to better things. Great coach but he obviously wanted a new challenge/opportunity to turn a program around.

    I'd be cool with Brent Pease coming back to BSU actually.
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  • DavidSeven wrote:There are more Boise State alums in the NFL than UW alums (also more than Arizona, ASU, Oregon State, WSU).

    He's either recruiting top-end talent or developing it in-house. Either way, he knows how to put good players on the field. Being in Seattle with a sparkling new facility is only going to help. He had to convince kids to play on blue turf in Boise, Idaho before this.



    He developed all of them. This is probably the best class BSU ever had. Not exactly a bunch of blue chippers.

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  • This news is great, I would have loved if the Husky nation had chased Sark out for an upgrade. Sarkisian has taken this team as far as he was going to. I can't put my finger on it, but he just doesn't have IT. IMO, Chris Petersen does and in spades.

    With that said, how long will we have to wait for Lorenzo Romar to be retired from UW? He obviously can recruit many talented players, but he always comes up short. Either we want to compete for national championships, or are happy with making the field of 64 3-5 times every ten years going forward.

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  • This is awesome news! I wanted Mora but Petersen was a close second.
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  • Love it, MUCH better coach, recruiter, etc. than Sark. Good riddance Sark.
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  • AF_Hawk wrote:Love it, MUCH better coach, recruiter, etc. than Sark. Good riddance Sark.


    Don't agree with the recruiting part, but coaching.. absolutely.
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  • DavidSeven wrote:There are more Boise State alums in the NFL than UW alums (also more than Arizona, ASU, Oregon State, WSU).

    He's either recruiting top-end talent or developing it in-house. Either way, he knows how to put good players on the field. Being in Seattle with a sparkling new facility is only going to help. He had to convince kids to play on blue turf in Boise, Idaho before this.


    As a watcher of Pete, He brings in decent talent and makes them team players that excel in their positions on a TEAM effort. You could say that he is a younger PC?? Great acquisition for you all. I did not expect this, but his value is worth what the new team is paying in spades. He needs to run the offense and use the play book. We were talking that he has trade value this year but I did not expect it so soon. UW scored a valuable asset.
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  • Want to point out something, when the UW was in a class by themselves James used teaching as well as in state recruitment to develop lineman, didn't have the 5 star guys all the time and based on his teaching ability or being able to hire staff that did ala Cable for the hawks and Lambright and Gilbertson he was able to field a class team

    We have been focusing on RB's,WR's and DB's a lot since Neuheisel was here, hopefully Peterson will get back to trench warfare, he does that then the position guys will come becasue of the success had. Defense wise the Huskies will need to be aggressive and nasty, another point we lost since Neuhiesel, we have had some good players, but not great team defense in a long while.
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  • chris98251 wrote:Want to point out something, when the UW was in a class by themselves James used teaching as well as in state recruitment to develop lineman, didn't have the 5 star guys all the time and based on his teaching ability or being able to hire staff that did ala Cable for the hawks and Lambright and Gilbertson he was able to field a class team

    We have been focusing on RB's,WR's and DB's a lot since Neuheisel was here, hopefully Peterson will get back to trench warfare, he does that then the position guys will come becasue of the success had. Defense wise the Huskies will need to be aggressive and nasty, another point we lost since Neuhiesel, we have had some good players, but not great team defense in a long while.



    Pete's done a pretty good job of developing talent on the line. Of the 20 or so guys he's put into the NFL I think half are OL/DL.
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  • Just want to say how happy and excited I am. Petersen was my 1st choice absolutely. I would have fired Sark to hire Petersen if necessary. So, I am super stoked this morning.
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  • Thank heavens. Petersen saves us from Nussmeier. Maybe Nussmeier makes a good head coach, but his profile to this point is Darrell Bevell-esque.

    I'm going to give some point by point analysis on this hire, some of it might not be 100% complimentary. That doesn't mean I think this hire is anything less than fantastic for UW.

    Okay then, is Petersen an upgrade over Sark? In terms of reputation, obviously, but I won't give Petersen the edge until we see how his assistant coaching staff fills out. Do we keep Wilcox and Tosh L.? This must be job one for Petersen.

    I haven't watched a ton of Boise State, but I did think that Sark clearly outcoached Petersen in their head to head season opener this year. Petersen was not prepared for that game at all. I also thought that Boise States play selection was incredibly uninspiring. They called a ton of dumpoff passes for 5 yards or less. It was the same in the bowl game the year before. That said, it was a totally different style of offense when Kellen Moore and Doug Martin were there, Moore had a weak arm but he took a ton of shots down the field. BSU's QB this year was a smart, quick QB, but he had some issues with arm talent and also confidence, so that might explain the ultra-pussyfied play calling.

    I think Petersen's two biggest assets are his name brand which will help recruiting and his phenomenal track record with developing players for the NFL. The fact that he turned a 6'0", no tools nobody from a remote SE Washington High School into one of college football most prolific ever QBs speaks volumes.

    Petersen recruits better than Sark, IMO. Sark might get the better scout/rivals ratings, but he did it by recruiting a gajillion high rated skill position players, whereas Petersen has done a very good job of recruiting and developing offensive and defensive linemen. I thought Sark was doing a good job, but even I thought he'd probably never bring us physical Don James football. Petersen may not be Nick Saban, but his teams play physical.

    To me the biggest thing about this change is how it impacts next years starter at QB. Petersen seems to prefer "Tony Romo" type QBs instead of the more athletic types that dominate UW's roster. I expect he'll give all 3 QBs an honest competition next Spring, if Miles was the anointed one he probably isn't any more, though he of course might still win the job. A big bullet in Miles favor is that Petersen is not afraid of QBs with piss poor arms. I just hope the best QB on the team gets the job, and I hope that Miles isn't the best option available. Whatever happens, I trust Petersen's judgement as his track record with under-talented QBs is as good as anybody.
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  • Throwdown wrote:
    CALIHAWK1 wrote:Does Wilcox maybe stay is what I'm wondering.


    Your wondering and I'm hoping


    I'm with you guys, would love to have Wilcox stay!
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  • kearly wrote:Thank heavens. Petersen saves us from Nussmeier. Maybe Nussmeier makes a good head coach, but his profile to this point is Darrell Bevell-esque.

    I'm going to give some point by point analysis on this hire, some of it might not be 100% complimentary. That doesn't mean I think this hire is anything less than fantastic for UW.

    Okay then, is Petersen an upgrade over Sark? In terms of reputation, obviously, but I won't give Petersen the edge until we see how his assistant coaching staff fills out. Do we keep Wilcox and Tosh L.?

    I haven't watched a ton of Boise State, but I did think that Sark clearly outcoached Petersen in their head to head season opener this year. Petersen was not prepared for that game at all. I also thought that Boise States play selection was incredibly uninspiring. They called a ton of dumpoff passes for 5 yards or less.

    I'm just getting started here, I'll edit the rest in a bit later, computer issues.


    True, but that was the very first time that Sark unveiled his Chip Kelly Jr. offense, so it's hard to fault Petersen for being unprepared. The UW Ducks tape didn't exist yet. Boise also had a down year, generally (for them).
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  • kearly wrote:Thank heavens. Petersen saves us from Nussmeier. Maybe Nussmeier makes a good head coach, but his profile to this point is Darrell Bevell-esque.

    I'm going to give some point by point analysis on this hire, some of it might not be 100% complimentary. That doesn't mean I think this hire is anything less than fantastic for UW.

    Okay then, is Petersen an upgrade over Sark? In terms of reputation, obviously, but I won't give Petersen the edge until we see how his assistant coaching staff fills out. Do we keep Wilcox and Tosh L.?

    I haven't watched a ton of Boise State, but I did think that Sark clearly outcoached Petersen in their head to head season opener this year. Petersen was not prepared for that game at all. I also thought that Boise States play selection was incredibly uninspiring. They called a ton of dumpoff passes for 5 yards or less.

    I'm just getting started here, I'll edit the rest in a bit later, computer issues.


    If you are going to answer to alumni, then yes Peterson is better than Sark. Victories over Oregon is the Koolaid flavor.

    For the last part, Boise St. Fans seem to really be unhappy with the QB they had running things this year.
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  • DavidSeven wrote:True, but that was the very first time that Sark unveiled his Chip Kelly Jr. offense, so it's hard to fault Petersen for being unprepared. The UW Ducks tape didn't exist yet. Boise also had a down year, generally (for them).


    Well, it was common knowledge that UW was switching to an Oregon style for months before that game. BSU had zero prep done and they had all offseason to plan for it. Could have at least watched some Oregon tape to get an idea. They failed to adjust as the game went on too.
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  • Scottemojo wrote:For the last part, Boise St. Fans seem to really be unhappy with the QB they had running things this year.


    As far as "easy to hate" QBs go, Southwick was the perfect specimen. Christian Ponder skillset with Colin Kaepernick mental toughness. Smart QB though, and nifty. You can see why Petersen stuck with him too long despite some horrible flaws. Southwick is a very poor man's Tony Romo.
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  • kearly wrote:
    DavidSeven wrote:True, but that was the very first time that Sark unveiled his Chip Kelly Jr. offense, so it's hard to fault Petersen for being unprepared. The UW Ducks tape didn't exist yet. Boise also had a down year, generally (for them).


    Well, it was common knowledge that UW was switching to an Oregon style for months before that game. BSU had zero prep done and they had all offseason to plan for it. Could have at least watched some Oregon tape to get an idea. They failed to adjust as the game went on too.


    Hearing someone is doing something and having tape of them do it is different.
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  • CALIHAWK1 wrote:Hearing someone is doing something and having tape of them do it is different.


    Fair point, they couldn't have known the exact plays and how to game plan them. That said, the D-line from that game played lights out, especially in regards to making tackles and staying assignment correct. The defense executed the game plan to near perfection, and still got blown out because the game plan was a complete and utter failure. I don't think we can just chalk that up not having certain plays prepared for and that's it. They just did not look ready for a no-huddle offense in general. You wouldn't expect UW to walk into Oregon in week 1 and put 600+ on them.
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  • kearly wrote:
    CALIHAWK1 wrote:Hearing someone is doing something and having tape of them do it is different.


    Fair point, they couldn't have known the exact plays and how to game plan them. That said, the D-line from that game played lights out, especially in regards to making tackles and staying assignment correct. The defense executed the game plan to near perfection, and still got blown out because the game plan was a complete and utter failure. I don't think we can just chalk that up to a surprise factor. You wouldn't expect UW to walk into Oregon in week 1 and put 600+ on them.


    No I don't expect UW to do that. I do know Oregon routinely walks in here and hang around 600 on us and we know what their going to do before they do it.
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  • I'll be very, very interested to see which way UW goes on offense early on. All the trends say run the spread and pistol, and both UW and Boise did that this year, but I'm not crazy about going that way. I'm sure i'm being shortsighted, and if we get the right O coordinator it probably won't matter, but IMO Boise St was always much more dynamic with their motions and TEs than they were with a spread. As has been mentioned, the QB might have had a lot to do with it. We'll see.

    As far as the hire goes, I love it. I was one of those that thought Washington would benefit from a coaching change. This might have been the best case in that scenario. Petersen is one of those coaches with a clear philosophy and voice, and he'l be a great leader for the program. I'm excited and I give major kudos to the UW brass for showing continual dedication to football over the last few years.
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  • Cool stat that I don't think has been posted here yet:

    Petersen is 8-2 in his career vs. the PAC-12. His only two losses are to UW.

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  • just a truly outstanding hire. UW is relevant aain
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  • Everyone wanted Petersen and the Huskies land him. One would almost think that the HC job was Petersen's college dream job. Pat Haden has to be beside himself. Haden would have given up his left nut to have landed Petersen, yet, he couldn't. Pat now has to live with Sark, I would love to be a fly on the wall when Haden explains to the Alumni how they have to settle for Sark when the U-Dub gets one of the hottest coaches in college. Sark better win and win a lot and fast or he will be out the door and take Haden with him.
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  • Seahawks4Ever, I believe that Haden, after interviewing Petersen, decided to go in another direction. Petersen doesn't have the style to fit in LA, Haden knew that, and Petersen did too.
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  • seahawk2k wrote:Seahawks4Ever, I believe that Haden, after interviewing Petersen, decided to go in another direction. Petersen doesn't have the style to fit in LA, Haden knew that, and Petersen did too.



    (1) Petersen withdrew his name from consideration for the USC job; (2) the only thing Haden knew was that Petersen didn't really want the USC job and he wasn't going to offer it to a guy who would publicly reject it. Anything that Haden has subsequently said is merely to save face for the program. People who are actually close to Petersen have confirmed that the UW job is the one he wanted. If Petersen showed any legitimate interest in the USC position, Haden would have been all over him.
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  • JSeahawks wrote:Good hire. If I were a Husky fan he would have been my first choice.


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  • "I think Petersen's two biggest assets are his name brand which will help recruiting and his phenomenal track record with developing players for the NFL. The fact that he turned a 6'0", no tools nobody from a remote SE Washington High School into one of college football most prolific ever QBs speaks volumes."

    Actually he was one of the most prolific High School QBs in Washington State history from a perennial powerhouse.Probably one of the smartest footrball players I have ever seen play.The kid had tools just not NFL tools.
    Peterson did a good job of coaching him but Peterson was lucky to have him.
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  • This is the only Washington hire that scares J.

    Maybe you can get Blount to come back to the O and teach the team how to hit harder.
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  • DavidSeven wrote:
    seahawk2k wrote:Seahawks4Ever, I believe that Haden, after interviewing Petersen, decided to go in another direction. Petersen doesn't have the style to fit in LA, Haden knew that, and Petersen did too.



    (1) Petersen withdrew his name from consideration for the USC job; (2) the only thing Haden knew was that Petersen didn't really want the USC job and he wasn't going to offer it to a guy who would publicly reject it. Anything that Haden has subsequently said is merely to save face for the program. People who are actually close to Petersen have confirmed that the UW job is the one he wanted. If Petersen showed any legitimate interest in the USC position, Haden would have been all over him.


    Rumors around Boise say that Petersen didn't want the exposure required at USC. Things like open practices and hosting a radio show multiple times a week etc. I know here in Boise we had a weekly BSU football show on in the evening but it was hosted by someone and they would just interview Petersen for a few minutes. Very minimal media requirement for him. If I could find it there was an interview Petersen did on cbs sports I think where someone asked him his least favorite part of coaching and he said it was talking to the media. He just wants to coach, not do the rest of the job.
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  • EverydayImRusselin wrote:
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    seahawk2k wrote:Seahawks4Ever, I believe that Haden, after interviewing Petersen, decided to go in another direction. Petersen doesn't have the style to fit in LA, Haden knew that, and Petersen did too.



    (1) Petersen withdrew his name from consideration for the USC job; (2) the only thing Haden knew was that Petersen didn't really want the USC job and he wasn't going to offer it to a guy who would publicly reject it. Anything that Haden has subsequently said is merely to save face for the program. People who are actually close to Petersen have confirmed that the UW job is the one he wanted. If Petersen showed any legitimate interest in the USC position, Haden would have been all over him.


    Rumors around Boise say that Petersen didn't want the exposure required at USC. Things like open practices and hosting a radio show multiple times a week etc. I know here in Boise we had a weekly BSU football show on in the evening but it was hosted by someone and they would just interview Petersen for a few minutes. Very minimal media requirement for him. If I could find it there was an interview Petersen did on cbs sports I think where someone asked him his least favorite part of coaching and he said it was talking to the media. He just wants to coach, not do the rest of the job.


    The coach can have open or closed practices if they wish. One of the first things Kiffin did was close practices. Heck he even took away desserts. As far as radio I know Kiffin did a weekly gig. I don't know of any other mandatory commitments he would have had. It didn't work for whatever reason.
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  • Perfect ending for Dawgs fans. This hire proves that the UW program was capable of upgrading from Sark, but they probably wouldn't have gone all out to do so if Sark hadn't left and we'd have been stuck with him for another year or two based on his feeble improvement by a lousy one win this year.

    However the talent on the team IS better, Sark did accomplish that despite being ill-equipped to do anything with it, and the program is well-poised now that they have a guy who has shown he can compete against Pac-12 teams with inferior talent.

    So thank you Sark for your efforts to get us off the mat, and for going away once you'd reached your ceiling here.
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  • hawk45 wrote:Perfect ending for Dawgs fans. This hire proves that the UW program was capable of upgrading from Sark, but they probably wouldn't have gone all out to do so if Sark hadn't left and we'd have been stuck with him for another year or two based on his feeble improvement by a lousy one win this year.

    However the talent on the team IS better, Sark did accomplish that despite being ill-equipped to do anything with it, and the program is well-poised now that they have a guy who has shown he can compete against Pac-12 teams with inferior talent.

    So thank you Sark for your efforts to get us off the mat, and for going away once you'd reached your ceiling here.


    Well-put. Grateful for how much he improved the program, grateful that we (probably) upgraded. Obviously time will tell in the end, but for me the biggest positive about Petersen other than the obvious one (his track record) is that his pattern suggests that he will be here for the rest of his career if we want him. If he has any reasonable success at all, he could easily be here 10-20 years.

    Edit: To finish the thought, this is in contrast to Sark, who I think would have eventually left for USC (or another big-name program) regardless of his success here. That has always been his home.
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  • dopeboy206 wrote:
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    JSeahawks wrote:Good hire. If I were a Husky fan he would have been my first choice.


    IF ??


    He's not a Husky fan


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  • Brother's wife is a UW alum...brother is a WSU alum. THey are headed to WSU today for his boy's graduation. I am an alum of something with my associates degree. My last classes were from BSU tho. I count my brother's degree as alumni...so I choose WSU. What a stickywicket I am involved in. LOL
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  • justafan wrote:"I think Petersen's two biggest assets are his name brand which will help recruiting and his phenomenal track record with developing players for the NFL. The fact that he turned a 6'0", no tools nobody from a remote SE Washington High School into one of college football most prolific ever QBs speaks volumes."

    Actually he was one of the most prolific High School QBs in Washington State history from a perennial powerhouse.Probably one of the smartest footrball players I have ever seen play.The kid had tools just not NFL tools.
    Peterson did a good job of coaching him but Peterson was lucky to have him.


    Truth. Moore ran a legit shotgun spread offense all the way to the state title game before running into a stud named Jake Locker. He eviscerated a Bellevue High squad that had won the last three state titles and had numerous d-1 players on the roster.

    What kills me about Kellen Moore is he and his dad(I believe Prosser's coach) went to with his tape to see if he could get a scholarship offer. WSU said thanks but no thanks, we've got our quarterback, Marshall Lobbestall. Damn. On the flip side, Paul Wulff would've just f'd him up.
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  • hawk45 wrote:Perfect ending for Dawgs fans. This hire proves that the UW program was capable of upgrading from Sark, but they probably wouldn't have gone all out to do so if Sark hadn't left and we'd have been stuck with him for another year or two based on his feeble improvement by a lousy one win this year.

    However the talent on the team IS better, Sark did accomplish that despite being ill-equipped to do anything with it, and the program is well-poised now that they have a guy who has shown he can compete against Pac-12 teams with inferior talent.

    So thank you Sark for your efforts to get us off the mat, and for going away once you'd reached your ceiling here.


    I agree with this sentiment. The Huskies are more interesting to me now. They have a possibility that is as high as a national championship.

    The Ducks are possibly headed for a downtrend for a few years. Maybe I just became a Huskies fan-I have lived in Seattle since 07 and it would be easier to attend the games now.
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  • seahawk2k wrote:Truth. Moore ran a legit shotgun spread offense all the way to the state title game before running into a stud named Jake Locker. He eviscerated a Bellevue High squad that had won the last three state titles and had numerous d-1 players on the roster.

    What kills me about Kellen Moore is he and his dad(I believe Prosser's coach) went to with his tape to see if he could get a scholarship offer. WSU said thanks but no thanks, we've got our quarterback, Marshall Lobbestall. Damn. On the flip side, Paul Wulff would've just f'd him up.


    It's worth pointing out that Petersen wasn't initially sold on Moore either. It was actually Justin Wilcox who was focused on him, and the legend is that Wilcox went to Petersen and was so confident in Moore that he offered to give up one of his defensive scholarships if Moore didn't pan out.
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  • Fast forward two years and UW fans will be calling for him to be fired. The way of mutt fan...
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  • dutchcoug wrote:Fast forward two years and UW fans will be calling for him to be fired. The way of mutt fan...


    That's the the realization you eont compeye with us for another decade talking.
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  • dutchcoug wrote:Fast forward two years and UW fans will be calling for him to be fired. The way of mutt fan...


    LOL. Way to COUG your attempted cheapshot.

    Dawg fans are after more than the 0-12 season Willingham gave us, the 7 win seasons Sark gave us and certainly the 6 win season Leach has your fan base peeing themselves over. We've upped our standards, so up yours.
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  • dutchcoug wrote:Fast forward two years and UW fans will be calling for him to be fired. The way of mutt fan...


    I lost count, how many Coaches at WSU since Price left?
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  • justafan wrote:Actually he was one of the most prolific High School QBs in Washington State history from a perennial powerhouse.Probably one of the smartest footrball players I have ever seen play.The kid had tools just not NFL tools.
    Peterson did a good job of coaching him but Peterson was lucky to have him.


    Moore was a 3 star recruit, though I guess that makes him 1 star better than Keith Price and Russell Wilson were.
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  • HawkWow wrote:
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    JSeahawks wrote:Good hire. If I were a Husky fan he would have been my first choice.


    IF ??


    He's not a Husky fan


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