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February 9, 2009 1:43 PM

Michalczik leaves UW for Raiders

Posted by Bob Condotta

Washington O-line coach and offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik, who was one of the first hires for new Husky coach Steve Sarkisian, is leaving the Huskies to take a position with the Oakland Raiders.

UW just officially announced the move.

Michalczik had a three-year contract worth a guaranteed $350,000 per year with UW. I don't know if there was a buyout but I'll try to find that out, and I'll have more on this later.

Word is Michalczik is leaving primarily so he can work with his longtime friend, Tom Cable, who was recently named as coach of the Raiders. It also means he's returning to the Bay Area, where he worked from 2002 until December, having been an assistant at Cal.

This leaves UW with two openings on its assistant coaching staff as the Huskies are also continuing to search for a WR coach after Aaron Roderick accepted the position, then left to return to Utah.

Here's what Sarkisian said about Michalczik at the time. Sarkisian had been particulary happy to get Michalczik on board due to his history for developing solid running games at Cal.

Here's a list of Raiders coaches, showing that they don't have an O-line coach, so that may be the job Michalczik is taking there.

UPDATE ON MICHALCZIK'S CONTRACT --- Michalczik had yet to sign his actual contract, which isn't unusual --- it usually takes a little while for the contracts to go through the process. He had signed a memorandum of understanding which did not include any sort of buyout, which also is standard for assistant coaches. Holt does have a buyout due to the nature of the length and amount of his deal.

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