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Coaching Legends Roundtable Discussion about USC

Did Pete Carroll’s assistants leaving for new jobs have an impact on the team?

Don James: I didn’t think so but maybe it’s true.  Pete Carroll is the defensive coordinator.  The offense hasn’t changed, the coaches have changed.  Maybe with them coming in from Denver, they had a difficult time with it.  They weren’t very dynamic.  They don’t like to run the ball.  They will very seldom run the ball twice in a row.  They’re a great offensive team when it’s going.  This is the first time the quarterback and the receivers (they lost their best receiver) didn’t get it going.  They didn’t have other people to come in there.  I think that probably made a difference, a combination of things.  Not a good year.

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Some Random Questions on Husky Football

Alexis and Anderson, after clinching Rose Bowl berth


  • The Washington players are reportedly taking very well to new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell.  If Washington coach Tyrone Willingham had fired the previous coordinator Kent Baer in 2005 instead of 2007 (when he was forced to) and hired someone competent like Donatell, would Willingham be on the hot seat now?


  • Washington’s recruiting is going poorly so far.  If the University of Washington felt sufficient support to bring back Tyrone Willingham as head coach, then why aren’t they giving him an extension to help sell recruits?


  • Why is it taking so long for Washington to name an AD?  With the sense of transitory leadership, it feels like a ship without a rudder.  Why don’t they just come out and acknowledge that interim AD Scott Woodward will be filling that role, even if for just a year?  


  • Does Jake Locker have enough of a supporting cast to carry this year’s team to 8 wins and a bowl game?


  • Will defensive end Daniel T’eo Nesheim’s presence be enough to anchor the greenest defensive line in the Pac-10 this year?


  • If the Oregon Ducks manage to badly beat the Huskies at Autzen Stadium in the season opener, will Washington’s collective psyche be able to bounce back and stay on track? 


  • Will Washington’s young gifted crop of wide receivers be able to impact games in the same manner that Reggie Williams did back in his freshman year of 2001?


  • Last but not least….  If the physically gifted former running back Rich Alexis had played football througout his youth instead of just one year in high school, could he have become and All-American and All-Pro?


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Interview with former Husky and Patriot Hakim Akbar

Hakim Akbar at 2001 Rose Bowl
Hakim Akbar at 2001 Rose Bowl

I recently conducted a long and powerful interview with former Washington Husky safety Hakim Akbar.  Akbar has lived quite a life, and has maintained a good spirit despite much tragedy and despair.  He is also a rare possessor of both a Rose Bowl and Super Bowl ring.  Of note, these articles require a subscription at Dawgman.com.

Hakim Akbar Interview Part 1

Hakim Akbar Interview Part 2

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Rick Neuheisel directs UCLA Marching Band Skeleton Crew

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A Quick Word with Former Husky Pat Conniff


I was recently speaking with former Washington Husky fullback Pat Conniff.  He provided an interesting perspective about former Coach Rick Neuheisel’s two offensive coordinators while at UW, which were Karl Dorrell and Keith Gilbertson.

“In my freshman and sophomore seasons, I played a limited role, playing some H-back and not a lot of true fullback,” said Conniff. “Dorrell came in my junior year (1999) and made the fullback position a true position for the first time in awhile.   I owed Dorrell quite a bit.   Dorrell made the fullback somewhat of a focal point in the offense. 

When Gilby became coordinator in 2000, he molded it further and ran with the concept.  He called me and Marques Tuiasosopo into a meeting, because Marques and I had run a type of veer offense at Woodinville High School.  So Gilby, Marques, Neueheisel and I sat down and discussed this play.  They wanted to know if Marques and I could improvise with it and teach them how to run it.  We taught them (that philosophy) and it ended up being a huge aspect of our offense.  It played a large role in us getting to the Rose Bowl that year.  Gilbertson had an offensive mind that was second to none.  He was one of my favorite coaches of all time, and I respect him a ton.” 


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Pete Carroll mic’d up for 2008 Rose Bowl

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Neuheisel at the Rose Bowl


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