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May 17, 2008 10:10 PM

More on Football Forum

Posted by Bob Condotta

Here's the complete transcript of the second day of the Football Forum featuring UW coach Tyrone Willingham.

The topics, as mentioned in the earlier post today, included minority hiring and a college football playoff.

In one interesting passage that was already detailed in some of the stories posted earlier, Willingham asks "who is the championship for?'' of a playoff system.

And then, in an exchange dripping in irony given his general feelings about the media which he detailed again on the first day of the Forum, Willingham asks "don't shoot the messenger now'' when pressed on his stand, adding "I just asked the question.'' May have to try that one myself sometime.

Also of note is that Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White was among the panelists. He was the AD at the time Willingham was fired and made the famous comment about the program exceeding expectations from Sunday through Friday.

Ron Higgins of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal notes that there was some light-hearted banter about that reunion with all sides apparently getting along just fine.

As for the transcript of the Forum, Willingham at one point talked about UW having three byes this season, saying that "some might say that might be a little excessive'' but that he thinks it's important to give his players some breaks. Certainly could be this year for a young, building team without a lot of proven depth.

There's also some discussion near the bottom about the rule changes this year (specifically the 40-25 timing rule) and the influence of the NFL on college football. Willingham says he thinks the new timing rules could cut 5-10 plays out of the game next season.

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Posted by 2Tite4U FoSho

2:22 AM, May 18, 2008


Posted by dawg4life

8:29 AM, May 18, 2008


Trying to convince Mello, a non-football person, to talk about Husky football issues beyond what he gleams from others, is like trying to convince a smoker he should alcoholic he needs to stop.

It would be like trying to convince jh to climb out from him small, dark, miserable world.

Personally, to me, the keys to a highly successful season for Jake and this team is a full utilization of the tight ends, the maturation of Homer and game management in the early minutes of the 3rd quarter and late minutes of the 4th.


Posted by BoiseTruth

9:06 AM, May 18, 2008

A bowl game for UW this season?

Here's what Scout's Pete Fiutak had to say in his way-too-early bowl predictions.

Posted by MelloDawg

11:14 AM, May 18, 2008

Rick (and dawg4life),

To answer some of your questions, I like the cut of Ed Donatell's jib. I like what he brings to the offense, though we do still have the bulk of last year's players still on the team. I do think we have a guy who can insert the right schemes and attitudes into a defense which sorely needs them. I worry about the interior D-Line and safeties.

As for offense, I'm not entirely sold on Brandon Johnson emerging as an everyweek starter, especially with Juan Garcia going down. I still think the O-Line is the strength of the team, but for a guy like Johnson who hasn't started much, he'll need some help to get things going. If not, perhaps the RB by committee approach is a good idea. I've always liked Willie Griffin based on what I read of him while he was being recruited and really, I'd like to see a guy like Curtis Shaw in the mix as well (perhaps also going the "Reggie Bush route" like Polk will do for us this year).

There's the chance for the team to be alright this year. The frustrating thing is that there's enough talent on this team to win 8 games this year and I think that's possible. Can Ty not be outcoached in the 2nd half of games this year and let those wins slip away? That's TBD.

Posted by MelloDawg

11:15 AM, May 18, 2008


Meant DEFENSE in regards to Donatell, not offense. Most of Rick's Q's were directed towards offense, so I had that on my mind during the post.

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