The Huskies hired a RB coach today and it wasn't Kennedy Pola. Joel Thomas who has been working under Joe Tiller the past three years at Purdue was named Husky RB coach today according to the Times and PI.
Thomas was a running back at Idaho from 1995 to 1998. He is the Vandals' career leader with 765 rushing attempts, 3,929 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns. As a senior, Thomas was named the Big West Conference Player of the Year by the Football News.
Thomas spent two years at Idaho as co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach under Nick Holt. In 2002 and 2003, Thomas was running backs coach at Louisville. The Cardinals ranked 10th nationally in rushing offense - averaging 228.2 yards per game - during the 2003 season.