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January 7, 2009 12:29 PM

Coaching updates

Posted by Bob Condotta

Looks like we may be able to soon count in Jeff Mills as the newest Husky assistant coach.

He's been seen on the UW campus today while another source indicated the rumors he was about to join the UW staff were likely true.

Mills has been the defensive coordinator at Youngstown State the last two years but prior to that worked at Idaho, where he was assistant head coach for the Vandals for two years when Nick Holt was the head coach. Mills is also a Western Washington graduate who was a graduate assistant at UW in 1990-91.

It's uncertain exactly what role he'd have for the Huskies. He coached safeties at Youngstown State but has experience coaching everywhere on the defense.

Holt said at his press conference Tuesday he planned to soon fill the other two spots on the defense with guys he knows. The other spot could go to Mike Cox, currently linebackers coach with the St. Louis Rams but who worked alongside Holt at Idaho and Louisville. Here's his resume. Rams coaches have been looking for jobs with the future of interim head coach Jim Haslett uncertain. UPDATE --- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirmed today that Cox will interview for the LB job at Washington next week.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian also said Tuesday that the defensive staff was close to being filled but that he now had to focus on the offense.

One spot that remains open on that side of the ball is receiver coach, and one candidate is Robin Pflugrad, who has been the receivers coach at Oregon the last three years but has been "advised to seek other employment'' by coach-in-waiting Chip Kelly.

Pflugrad is known to be interested in the job and to have talked with Sarkisian about the position, though it's unclear if he's the leading candidate or if there are others.

Pflugrad has a long history coaching in the area having also been recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach at Washington State from 2001-05 and prior to that at Arizona State.


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