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June 4, 2008 9:03 PM

Interesting look at Pac-10 coaching salaries

Posted by Bob Condotta

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has an interesting take today on the salaries of the head coaches in the Pac-10. Here it is.

Wilner lists the salaries in terms of approximate guaranteed annual compensation, and also provides a ranking of dollars to wins value, giving UW coach Tyrone Willingham a D. Willingham ranks third in salary at $1.47 million a year in Wilner's compilation.

Wilner points out that Willingham will lose "hundreds of thousands of dollars'' in deferred compensation should he not remain the coach through five years.

You can read Willingham's contract here and the section Wilner is referring to is 4p. It's tough to figure out exactly how much Willingham would stand to lose because it's hard to know for certain if he has reached some of the academic and administrative incentives. But he would lose more than $500,000 by any conservative reading of it.

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June 4, 2008 3:41 PM

Looking at the linebackers

Posted by Bob Condotta

Tuesday's news about E.J. Savannah's injury has led to some requests to review UW's linebacking situation.

So here we go.

First, here's what the depth chart at LB appeared to look like at the end of the spring (there was no official depth chart released).

SLB Mason Foster, So.
Chris Stevens, Sr.
Cort Dennison, Fr.

MLB Donald Butler, Jr./or/
Trenton Tuiasosopo, Sr.
Kurt Mangum, Fr.
T.J. Poe, Jr.

WLB Joshua Gage, Jr./ or
E.J. Savannah, Jr.
Matt Houston, So.

Worth remembering that the LBs, especially at the two outside spots, often take turns working at the other side in practice, so most of those of those guys have experience at multiple spots and can move around pretty easily. They also sometimes line up in different spots depending on schemes.

The only other scholarship LB on the roster for the fall figures to be Bradly Roussel, a high schooler from Baton Rouge, La., assuming no position changes. So what you see above is what UW is likely to have this season.

One of you asked if this means Kurt Mangum will now get to play some next year --- while listed as an MLB, LB coach Chris Tormey said Mangum appears to have the versatility to play outside, as well.

In answering that question, it may be worth remembering that the apparent worst-case scenario on Savannah is that he's out for the first few games of the season, and not much longer, so I wouldn't think that the coaches would start making big changes in any way. For now, I would imagine they will wait until the beginning of camp and see where Savannah is and then proceed accordingly. Meaning, I doubt they'd rush Mangum into duty just to add depth for a couple of games unless he proves worthy of playing anyway.

During the spring, Tormey felt pretty good about the LB spot, agreeing that it should be one of the strengths of the team this season.

"I think so,'' Tormey said. "We were talented but inexperienced a year ago. I think the experience is going to really help us this year. What we really need to do is play faster, and the experience will really help with that.''

Tormey went on to say that "we've got, I think, pretty good depth at that position. We played a lot of guys last year. Donald Butler, Trenton Tuiasosopo played a lot and Josh Gage really came on and played a lot for us at the end of the year. Mason Foster is an emerging guy and Kurt Mangum is coming in (as a true freshman) so I think we've got some answers there.'' He then realized he hadn't mentioned Chris Stevens and said he's in the mix as well. "He had a really good winter,'' Tormey said, saying Stevens, who has continually battled problems putting on weight, is at about 215 pounds right now.

Butler, listed as a co-starter in the middle with Tuiasosopo, had his season truncated a year ago by a knee injury that limited him to eight games.

"He's really battled through a lot of issues with that knee, but right now he appears to be healthy,'' Tormey said. "So you've really got two capable players at that position and we'll probably rotate them through this spring.''

Of Tuiasosopo, Tormey said: "He had a good winter, he's moving well. I think the experience that he gained last year will really help him. The more he plays the better he will react and the faster he will play.''

With Savannah currently out, Gage, a former walk-on now on scholarship, is the starter at one spot (the strongside slot held last year by Dan Howell) backed up by Matt Houston, who Tormey said "is really athletic. He has a chance to help us this year.''

If the Huskies really run into depth issues at LB, one solution could be moving Austin Sylvester back to that spot. He began his UW career there before moving to fullback.

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June 4, 2008 11:58 AM

Huskies to hit Bellingham

Posted by Bob Condotta

It's a big week in Bellingham for Husky-related events, highlighted by Jake Locker's probable debut playing summer baseball.

Locker is expected to play in the opener Friday night for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.

However, the weather forecast is pretty bad for Friday in Bellingham, so that could derail those plans. The league requires that all players finish up schooling before they are eligible to play, and Locker is expected to take his final test of the quarter earlier Friday to make up eligible to play this weekend. Word I have gotten is that Locker is expected to play in most, if not all, of the team's weekend home games, and possibly a few of the closer road trips. He may miss a lot of weekday games due to football commitments at UW.

Also this week in Bellingham is the Coaches Tour event Thursday at the Bellingham Country Club. It had been initially reported that Locker would attend that event, but he apparently will not be able to due to a last-minute scheduling conflict.

However, those who will attend include: Lorenzo Romar, Cameron Dollar, Tia Jackson, Tim Lappano, volleyball player Christal Morrison and John Buller, PR Coordinator for the Husky Stadium renovation project.

More info can be found here at

Head football coach Tyrone Willingham will not attend as he is instead attending the 5th Annual Marine Corps Classic celebrity golf tournament a four-day event in Jacksonville, N.C., Willngham's hometown.

Here are more details on that event.

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June 4, 2008 10:33 AM

Seahawks cut Russo

Posted by Bob Condotta

A quick note that the Seahawks today cut former Husky Anthony Russo. Read about it here on our Seahawks blog.

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June 4, 2008 8:48 AM

Moos not contacted, Woolard not interested

Posted by Bob Condotta

That's the news today on the UW AD search front as Bill Moos' lawyer continues to say his client has had no contact with the school or the search firm aiding the process, while Doug Woolard of South Florida said he is not interested in coming to UW.

Here's the story on Woolard from the St. Petersburg Times which jibes with what we reported here yesterday that Woolard may have recently agreed to a new deal at USF and was not thought to be interested in moving despite apparently having had some contact with UW. Woolard's comment that he's not interested seems pretty unequivocal, so I think we can scratch him off the list.

May also be time to do that with Moos, even though there continue to be some rumblings of his possible involvement.

Moos' lawyer, Ray Cihak of Corvallis, said again late yesterday that Moos has had no contact with the school or the search firm, Parker Executive Search, which UW paid $75,000 to help in the process (as you can see, Parker's search firm still lists the UW job as open). That's an important distinction as one reason schools hire such search firms is to allow candidates to say they've had no contact with the school and not be lying about it. But Cihak insists Moos has had no contact with anyone. Still, Moos is leaving the comment there, refusing to say he's not a candidate, saying that to comment further would be inappropriate since he hasn't been contacted, which seems to leave the door open just a little.

To recap more of what we think we know about the search:

--- A source close to UTEP's Bob Stull recently told the Times that he "doesn't think Stull is in it, but he should be.'' Another source said that there is a significant faction of UW boosters pushing for Stull, who was an assistant coach for Don James and later worked as an assistant AD at UW in the '90s but that it seemed unlikely he would get the job.

--- Former UW kicker Chuck Nelson, now running the Boeing Classic golf tournament, said a few weeks ago he hopes to be a candidate but would not comment further. A source told the Times, however, that he had apparently been contacted and that like Stull, there is a faction of boosters pushing for Nelson.

--- Two sources earlier told the Times that USC associate AD Steve Lopes was also a candidate.

--- Another name making the rounds is Utah AD Chris Hill, who was offered the job in 2004 but turned it down, with the Huskies then turning to Todd Turner. There is no confirmation on whether Hill has been contacted.

--- One source said that the school contacted Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich, but that those talks may have crumbled over contract issues. Radakovich has publicly said he is not interested in the job.

--- Mike Cragg, an assistant AD at Duke and a UW alum, said earlier in the search he would not pursue the job in an attempt to become the new AD at Duke, instead. Duke, however, hired Notre Dame AD Kevin White last week. But a source said Cragg would not pursue the UW job now and that it was likely too far down the process for him to get involved now.

--- There has never really been an official timetable to make a hire, other than a vague "by the end of the school year.'' That arrives next week, though UW officials have said it could go later than that if necessary. Obviously, they need someone in place by the time football rolls around in August since the first thing a new AD is going to have to do is evaluate the football program. While there is a 14-member search committee in place, reality is that this is ultimately the call of UW president Mark Emmert, so a decision could happen overnight.

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