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June 2, 2008 9:55 AM

Answers, volume six

Posted by Bob Condotta

We'll try to get back in our regular routine by answering another set of questions (and by the way, you are more than encouraged to keep the questions coming).

Q: Is it perceived as a huge advantage for the Huskies that they are going into the Oregon game with a new defensive coordinator for whom opponents don't have any scouting tapes?

A: Not sure if I'd say "huge'' since football ultimately comes down to personnel. But it's certainly one of the bigger advantages UW has heading into this game and one that the Huskies will try to exploit as best they can --- expect the coaches to give as little detail as possible about what the new wrinkles in the defense this fall. First games are always interesting from the standpoint that every team is usually debuting something new in its scheme, be it just a few tweaks or a complete makeover, with the Huskies obviously tending more to the latter on that scale this year with Ed Donatell taking over as coordinator. Donatell has worked in the NFL since 1990 so opponents wanting to get a sense of what he might do will have to look at those tapes. But even those may not reveal much as Donatell has said he'd like to incorporate more 3-4 looks into UW's defense, something he never really did in the NFL. UW didn't reveal a lot of that in the spring, but it's likely the package will expand more in the fall, especially once the young DLs arrive and coaches get a sense of just who will be able to legitimately contribute this year and how much.

Q: Do you have any comment on this report that the team is not united behind Tyrone Willingham?

A: Without their being much detail in that report it's hard to really comment a lot. In general, however, I would say that any team that has lost as much as UW has the last few years is always going to have some players questioning things. Willingham himself has admitted on several occasions that at some point players have to see some proof that what you are asking them to do is working or they may start to stray. This is obviously the key year for that, especially given the uncertainty over Willingham's future. Everybody has to be aware that UW either wins this year or Willingham is gone and should the season start off with a few losses whether the players stick together will play a huge role in determining how the rest of the season plays out. It's all about winning this year.

Q: Why does it seem like schools like Oregon keep getting help from the JC ranks and Washington doesn't. Does Willingham even look at JC players?

A: Willingham did early in his tenure at UW, signing seven in 2006. But UW hasn't had much success with JC players under Willingham (something I detailed in this post here last fall) and he has acknowledged those failures helped steer him away a bit from going the JC route. He also said early on, however, that he hoped to go to the JC ranks mostly to fill in holes for immediate needs and then build primarily with high school players. Some close to the program, such as former assistant coach Dick Baird, also say it is more difficult to get JC players into UW since the school doesn't offer a PE major. It's never been something that UW has done a lot of under any of its coaches and I would think that will always be the case. USC, UCLA and Stanford also don't venture into the JC ranks a whole lot, either.

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Posted by brockmandawg

11:24 AM, Jun 02, 2008

Dear Bob,

I am offended and saddened that you ignored my question about Matt Sedillo and how he looks as far as taking over.

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

11:38 AM, Jun 02, 2008

I don't see the report about Willingham in the link?

Posted by 2Tite4U FoSho

11:39 AM, Jun 02, 2008


Back 2 da punch suckers

Posted by aemery

11:48 AM, Jun 02, 2008

Mike Halseth was a JC guy, then Western Wa. running back before finally coming to UW. Now he needs to lose 200 pounds and he can be a John Riggins style running back.

Posted by dawg4life

11:49 AM, Jun 02, 2008

BANG....PAC 10 game right out of the blocks...Gotta love that Husky fans. But I've got a question for you that I've been pondering the last several days.

Whose team would you rather smack around for the simple pleasure of feeling superior....Bellotti, Neweasel or Charlie "the doughnut" Weiss?

Tough choice but for's that smug jerk in Eugene.

Posted by Huskiebob

11:49 AM, Jun 02, 2008

In regards to JC players, they tend to end up at 4 year JCs such as ASU, Arizona, Oregon and other schools where academics are not very "academic". Even Stopps at Arizona accused ASU of being ASJC which is right in line with Dennis Erickson's philosophy on student athletes!

Posted by Red

11:49 AM, Jun 02, 2008

I doubt that a new DC will have much of an affect in dictating what Oregon does.

It is the offense that dictates what a defense does.

Posted by Bob Condotta

12:00 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Brockmandawg --- No offense intended, just actually was on the list for later --- haven't gotten to all the questions yet. But there also really isn't much to say yet. Garcia was hurt late in spring so Sedillo only had a couple of practices as the starting center --- they haven't done any actual football work since then. How that sorts out will be a big story of the fall and it's possible that they make a position change to help out --- maybe moving Ryan Tolar there or something (as reported at the time, he appeared to hang out with the centers in the pre-practice workout stuff after Garcia was injured).

Posted by Bob Condotta

12:09 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Whoops, pasted the wrong story. It's fixed now. It's mentioned in a paragraph in the item dated May 29.

Posted by Reality check

12:25 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Gosh, I feel like I'm turning into "Mello - light" here, but... I'm reading the questions about Ty not having success at unifying the team and not being able to successfully bring over quality JC transfers...and it raises a question in my mind.

Could someone please identify what Willingham is GOOD at doing for the UW?

* He has won less than 1 in every 3 games while we all know he's been a total failure here
* He hasn't had success with JC transfers
* It sounds like the team isn't unified under him (rumored)
* We've only had one good recruiting class
* He isn't good at all with the public (boosters/fans/media)
* He isn't good at fund raising

So I ask, what exactly has Ty done successfully while at the UW? (And don't tell me "he's cleaned up the program", because we could have paid a lot of other people a whole lot less money if that was the only goal.)

Posted by Nevadadawg

12:34 PM, Jun 02, 2008

No, it would be considered a huge advantage if UW could put 1 player on the filed that was more talented than what Oregon has. It's all about bullets. UW is taking a squirt gun to a gun fight.

Posted by 2003 dawg

1:09 PM, Jun 02, 2008


I’m disappointed that you’re referencing this blog as a credible source to the supposed lack of team unity. You’re referencing a blog (John Berkowitz’s) that filters its posts in order to protect biased message. I just had a post deleted without response in order to protect the author’s opinion.

Rather than referencing blog’s with an agenda against TW, why don’t you do some of your own research into the reality of the team’s unity? Maybe start with the incoming recruiting class and there excitement to enroll in the summer bridge program just so that they can be a part of the team workouts.

Yes if you ask JR Hasty how the team unity is he probably won’t have good things to say about it or TW. I’m sure Byron Davenport has great things to say about being demoted in order to start the 4 best DB’s.

100% team unity is not the goal of a head coach. Putting the best 22 player on the field is. I like your blog Bob but I wish you wouldn’t put weight into non credible sources.

Posted by 2003 dawg

1:12 PM, Jun 02, 2008

My bad Bob,

I misinterpereted. You were responding to someone who sent you the link.

I still like your blog.

Posted by JStew chose us!

1:34 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Only 3 months til you can pick up where you left off last year. .... Losing football games. Autzen should be a nice place to reflect on team unity come August 30th.

Ducks 38 - Dawgs 21

Posted by j stew left

1:41 PM, Jun 02, 2008

hey ducks, how's that search for dixon's replacement coming along? good luck replicating the best offense you've ever had without a qb

Posted by Bad Dawg

1:43 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Fire Willingham!

Posted by Formerly Guest

1:45 PM, Jun 02, 2008


I think it is good that TW does not go after JC guys at this point, since as Bob pointed out, that strategy didn't work for him here, and doesn't work too well in general at UW.

What does TW do well?

-Recruiting classes got incrementally better. Only 1 good class so far, as you point out. Classes went from awful (under awful conditions that first year) to mediocre to good. They need to stay good.

-While making plenty of bad mistakes last yr, particularly late in games (which may speak in part to lack of depth leading to fatigue), they demonstrate a fair amount of mental discipline in low penalties last season.

-In last two years, the team didn't quit in games, despite losing at key moments. It seemed to be a step up in effort -not execution - from earlier years.

To some people, this indicated a culture was being built, into which players bought into the team, and giving their all...which might be important for turning the corner into a winning program.

-Finally, TW's team - last year - got outscored most of the time. But with a largely young inexperienced team, they got outscored by less then a TD in many games, and were close until late in hte 2nd half in many games.

This leads some people to believe that this team has a lot of potential to turn the corner this year, combined with the belief that unlike RN's last yr and Gilby's last yr, the players are putting the team before themselves. Such a phenomenon might be conducive to winning, as would be good strategy, making adjustments at halftime, "more bullets," catching catchable passes, etc.

Hope this helps brighten your day.

Finally, TW's job is not to fundraise. His job is to win games and build a program that gets fans excited about the future. These things make the jobs of the fundraisers less difficult.

Being a "mello lite" is understandable, and not a crime.

Posted by UDumb

1:54 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Well thank you for the wishes of good luck and the compliment on our offense last year.

It will be nice to have "tune-up" game for the opener to find his replacement.
Keep in mind we still have a monster O line and 3 or 4 Qb's with Dennis Dixon like wheels. I can already see the headlines in Seattle. Ducks Run over Huskies AGAIN! Ty Losingham's Job in Jeopardy

BTW go check out LeGarrette "you get wet?" Blount. He's as monsterous if not more so than J Stew and will be punishing your LB's and DB's on the edge all game long just like J Stew did in Seattle last year. We ran the same run play like 18 times in that game and avg 7.8 yrds a carry on the edge against your pourous run D.

Posted by Husky19

2:01 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Regarding JC players, ALL division 1 coaches know you don't have sustainable success recruiting multiple JC players year after year. They are just not in the program long enough to make a meaningful and long term impact.

The idea behind JCs is to supplement your team's deficiencies but not to make a team. Getting a guy like Corey Dillon or Marcel Reece is vital to fill needs. Actually Dillon was not a "needs" player since we had Shehee but he was a "must get" just by pure talent.

If a program is bringing in 6,7,8 JCs a year, there is a concern.

Plus it is harder for JCs to qualify at UW then it is at ASU, AZ, ORE, OSU, WSU. UW does not have a PE program so many of the JC credit will not transfer to UW therefore the JC kids do not have enough credits.

I personally like that UW does not have a PE major only because it UW did, it would be abused by athletes trying to get into UW. This would make a mockery of the PE program. I would rather the kids that come in major in something other then sports and leave more well rounded.

Also saying Ty can't recruit JC is not entirely fair.

Posted by Sensual Dawg

2:01 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Bob, why is there no movement at the UW to create a P.E. major? If a University like Cal has P.E. as a major I don't see what the big deal is. If anything I find it quite disgusting how the public school system in the State of Washington has made cuts in P.E. since I was a kid.

You can learn more life lessons in a ten minute game of dodgeball then in a year of warm and fuzzy "talking about your feelings". Just my liberal opionion.

I just find it ironic that Notre Dame and Stanford relaxed their academic standards for recruits in the past few years but Ty doesn't get a break at the UW.

Posted by DAWGONE in AZ

2:11 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Formaly Guest:

OK, post...agree with most, but after reading total it just is depressing that those are his positives...oh well, I give him one more.

But totally disagree with this point:

Of course a coach's job is to fundraise...

Maybe it wasn't back in the 50s when they weren't the highest paid in the state...

But today it is a periphal expectation...a BIG periphal expectation...would probably even be in a formal job description...


Posted by DAWGONE in AZ

2:15 PM, Jun 02, 2008

WOW...I CAN'T WRITE FAST! Read this one instead.

Formally Guest:

OK post...I agree with most point, but after reading it, in total it just is depressing that those are his positives...oh well, I give him one more year.

But I totally disagree with this one point:

Of course a coach's job is to fundraise...

Maybe it wasn't back in the 50s when they weren't the highest paid employees in the state...

But today it is a peripheral expectation...a BIG peripheral would probably even be included on a formal job description...


Posted by dawg4life

2:25 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Udumb and Jstew....why you hanging out on the Husky blog? Seems an odd place to spend time for whoregon fans, don't you think?

Contact Uncle Phil...maybe he'll throw some money into a blog for you good folks in Eugene.

Posted by UDumb

2:39 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Sorry, bored at work and there is a thread to this article from a Ducks site due to the Oregon Q at the top. And I hate the Huskies SO BAD! Find a better team for god's sake they are pathetic!

I do hate it when Husky of Beaver fan's get on our blog though so I'll leave.

Ducks 38 UDumb 21 We're better!

Posted by Formerly Guest

2:54 PM, Jun 02, 2008

If you are out there, thanks for the link (a few threads back) to the interview with the Rivals guy, and his perspective on our recruiting situation.

Posted by DAWGONE in AZ

2:57 PM, Jun 02, 2008

What's a matter Udumb...few people needin' gas in Roseburg these days? More time to blog?

"These cans are defective, they're springin leaks. Come over here and look at this!" "He hates these cans! Stay away from these cans!" (The Jerk)

Posted by j stew left

3:28 PM, Jun 02, 2008

how do you hide money from a hippy/oregon fan?

put it under the soap

Posted by bellingham husky

4:10 PM, Jun 02, 2008

good to have you back bob.

Posted by seattleduck

4:11 PM, Jun 02, 2008

i think you'd hide the money in the husky playbook, no one would ever look in there.

Posted by John

4:18 PM, Jun 02, 2008

"You can learn more life lessons in a ten minute game of dodgeball then in a year of warm and fuzzy "talking about your feelings". Just my liberal opionion."

Sensual Dawg, this is called a false dichotomy.

Posted by Reality Check

4:55 PM, Jun 02, 2008

the nike ducks are nothing more than whores for phil knight.

I like how phillip dresses them up like a child plays with toy dollies. "Now put on this neon green outfit!" Could the players demean themselves any more? Dudes, get some pride. Are you really going to put on a vomit green jersey with those yellow pants? Hello... the crappy 80's robot movie called and they want their block lettering back! What a joke.

today's math lesson with regard to whoregon:

pimp (phil knight) + whores (the nike duck players) + johns (whoregon's fans) = oregon athletics

Posted by KelsoDuck

5:17 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Wow, losing really makes you guys bitter. Why is there so much written about the Ducks on a Husky blog? Who's obsessed with who?

Posted by Jordan

5:23 PM, Jun 02, 2008

For those interested there was an interesting article written on about Kevin White the outgoing AD at Notre Dame and the whole Ty situation. It was written by Gene Wojciechowski.

Posted by John

5:23 PM, Jun 02, 2008

"Wow, losing really makes you guys bitter. Why is there so much written about the Ducks on a Husky blog? Who's obsessed with who?"

I was going to come up with a witty comeback before the irony broke my brain.

Posted by Lorddaddy

5:25 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Bob, How many scholarships can the Huskies offer to this next class of prospects?

Posted by Jordan

5:31 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Kelso Duck,
Go away. No one cares about the Sucks. Every year you guys are pretenders. Tell you what, win a Rose Bowl and then you can come on here. Until then, go back to kissing Phil Knight's rear. Maybe if he gives the Athletic Dept 100 million more they can have rocket propelled scooters for the football players to get to class. But oh yeah, the third tier school will still be in Eugene and no amount of money can cover of that tird now can it.

Posted by onewoodwacker

5:34 PM, Jun 02, 2008

I say again:

USC has a time-honored tradition of committing the crime, flipping their finger at the law and then having a stable of ex-USC chumps to cover their asses and bail them out - See O.J.

USC must burn to be cleansed - chastened with fire from above – bow down oh Troy and prepare to be trodden!!! The fiery steeds of hell are preparing to consume you!! Whoa you sinful nation.

P.S. Your horse is ugly.

Posted by Tarn

5:36 PM, Jun 02, 2008

2003 Dawg, Nice post. It was very insightful.

Posted by Koopdog

5:45 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Q: How do you get an Oregon grad off your porch?

A: Pay him for the pizza.

Posted by Blue

5:59 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Geez. No kidding, John. No kidding.

Posted by Rabid Dawg

7:06 PM, Jun 02, 2008

The Ducks have such an inferiority complex that the highlight of their entire football existence came in a regular season game against a 7-4 team 14 years ago.

Posted by Finn Hill Dawg

7:12 PM, Jun 02, 2008

I'm not surprised that the players aren't buying into the Willingham BS. The guy should just have "FRAUD" tattooed onto his forehead.

The problem with Tyrone is that he has no credibility. He can talk about "Championship Football" and "Consistency" and "Getting over the Hump" but he has never done those things in his entire head coaching career.

He has never had more than two winning seasons in a row. He knows nothing about championship football. I'm not surprised that the guys aren't willing to fully lay it on the line for this coach.

Posted by husky1225

7:15 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Moving Tolar to center seems like a good idea. Except that Tolar wants to stay at guard, where he has an NFL future and possible all-Pac 10 possibilities (second team) this year. Not so at center, Cal and Oregon have the all-league centers this year. Another complicating factor is that Sedillo and Tolar are roommates. So putting them in direct competition is awkward. And then there the fact that the kid from Ferndale is the other roommate. Don't want him in the middle of a "situation" between his friends. Real life seems to intrude on fantasy league decisions sometimes.

Posted by BoiseTruth

7:49 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Received the message FG, Thanks and you're welcome.

Posted by MelloDawg

8:33 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Man, I'm referenced twice in this thread and I haven't even posted until now.

I have to agree with Bob, I mean, think about it. If the team isn't winning, how much faith can they have in their coach that what he asks them to do is the right thing? It's pretty logical.

As for Ty's job being to win football games and not fundraise, I think it should be heavily weighted on the former but still he has to get out there and do the latter. Sadly, he hasn't been doing either.

Posted by Sid Wicks

8:52 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Just to clarify, UO does not have a PE program.
Reality Check: Please let us know whose “swoosh” graces the Husky uniform?
Jordan: Update: Ever since the BCS, the Pac-10 Champion does not always go to the Rose Bowl. Also Jordan, please reference previous entry regarding Nike.
Rabid Dawg: “The Pick” is a big play in UO history. For a neutral reference point please look up “The Play” in Stanford/Cal history. It’s over 25 years old.
I think that’s enough housekeeping.
Glad I could help!

Posted by Purple Power

8:54 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Winning and fundraising go hand in hand. Tyrone sucks at A, so he is also no good at B.

Posted by whoregon sucks

9:28 PM, Jun 02, 2008

the name says it all

it's early June and the pathetic losers from whoregon have nothing better to do than trolling a UW football blog. It's like the annoying loser in school who always tried to hang out with the popular kids but was too dumb to realize they weren't cool. duck fans. start a blog. then go there and never come back. I can promise you I'll never bug you there, because I sincerely don't give a $#!+ what you losers are doing.

Posted by Jordan

9:40 PM, Jun 02, 2008

Sid Wicks,
Reference what chief? It is a fact that Oregon is controlled by an egotistical billionaire (Phil Knight) that treats the school like his personal toy. I think it is a shame that any one person has that kind of influence (didn't you read the article in the Oregonian?) over an institution of higher learning. Or in this case lower learning. You reap what you sow. And now your school has created a monster that every time you need something you have one place to get it. Phil Knight. And if he doesn't get his way he complains like a little baby or threatens to pull his money (whether directly or indirectly). It really is sad but I don't mind because it is Oregon. But as I said no amount of money can cover up the fact the school isn't very good and it's in Eugene, Oregon. The home of hippies and tree huggers.

As for your point about the Rose Bowl, I think you might be a little mistaken. A Pac-10 team has not played in the Rose Bowl twice since the BCS was formed (2005 and 2002). Every other year since 1920. Yes that's right, 1920, a PAC-10 team has been in a Rose Bowl. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the last time Oregon won the Rose Bowl was 1917. 1917!!!!! That puts the Sucks slightly ahead of the Chicago Cubs in futility. Just so you know Oregon State won the Rose Bowl in 1942. You guys have some catching up to do with Oregon State let alone Washington. So I can see why an interception 15 years ago would be the highlight of your program. BECAUSE IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As I said win a Rose Bowl and then you can talk. Until then a $20 million dollar locker room will have to do I guess cause you can't buy a Rose Bowl win. 1917!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jordan

9:40 PM, Jun 02, 2008


Posted by hippies smell bad

9:55 PM, Jun 02, 2008

i like the to refer to them as frisbee chuckers

Posted by John

12:55 AM, Jun 03, 2008

Wow, Sid. You ought to pay Jordan for that lesson.

Posted by onewoodwacker

5:25 AM, Jun 03, 2008

Jordan - Easy up on the hippies bro!! I was a hippy - although I don't recall much from 69-72, I'm pretty sure I had a blast!

Posted by Sid Wicks

6:49 AM, Jun 03, 2008

A lot of vim and vigor, but little substance.
Also a lot of anger. A little too much really.
Please re-read my post. Only facts and information.
No anger, bragging, hatred, etc.
Once again we are talking Pac-10 CHAMPION not always going to the Rose Bowl.
I don't like it either, but that's how it works with the new collegiate system.
Why do you assume I am a Duck fan? Don't you know where Sweet Sid went to school?
I guess you were unable to find out about that swoosh?
Please advise...

Posted by Guy

9:24 AM, Jun 03, 2008

Q: How many University of Oregon freshman does it take to change a light bulb?

A: None, it's a sophomore course.

Posted by Sid Wicks fan

12:57 PM, Jun 03, 2008

Sid Wicks: I like your posts. Please do more. Cracking me up!

Posted by John

1:13 PM, Jun 03, 2008

Sid, your post does not describe Jordan's. Only yours. He gave you the facts, disprove them or shut up.

A contract with Nike is not the same as being owned by Phil Knight.

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