The Huskies will be allowed 15 practices leading up to the Holiday Bowl game. The plan is for eight of them to be in Seattle and the other seven in San Diego. The Huskies are scheduled to hit the field this weekend after taking some time off after the Apple Cup win, then taking more time off allowing players to prepare for fall quarter's final exams. The team will arrive in San Diego on Dec 23rd.
Even though the team is taking a little time off over the next two weeks the coaching staff will be extremely busy recruiting. We expect recruiting news to pick up quite a bit as the coaches spread out all over the West making in home visits. No real word yet on when they will be hosting on campus visits yet.
Not much to report on this week except that DE Brent Williams will no longer be a Husky. Williams was recruited last year and ended up grayshirting to put on some size this season. He reportedly continued living in Seattle while he was working at getting bigger. In an interview with Scout earlier this week he said that he was getting his release from UW and will be attending school elsewhere in January. The indications are that the coaching staff cooled on him for one reason or another. One reason I envision is weight-related, but the other is likely Josh Shirley's surprise arrival in late August.
Chip Kelly to Florida?
Wouldn't that be nice? Don't count on it happening. Chip Kelly is likely very happy where he is at and contractually it would be a nightmare for him to move anywhere according to Ted Miller. Is Florida really a step up from Oregon anyway at this point?
Heading to San Diego?
According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times Alaska Airlines has opened up capacity more seats to San Diego by adding larger planes to the route. Those seats will go fast so you better jump on it if you want to go.
One thing that is missing from the past is charter flights to the bowl game. In the old days it was a given that Washington was going to be somewhere during the holidays so those arrangements were made months in advance.
A couple of other options to take a look at are Amtrak and simply driving down the coast if you have the time.
Arizona loses a couple of coaches to Colorado
Co-defensive coordinator Greg Brown and defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo are headed to Boulder to join new head coach Jon Embree's staff. According to sources they will be hitting the recruiting trail immediately. Tuiasosopo is a monster recruiter and was a big part of the rebuilding process at Arizona. Colorado will be hitting SoCal hard in the future and Mike is a good one to pick to help lead the effort.
Nebraska DT Baker Steinkuhler was suspended from the team after getting a DUI. Steinkuhler is a pretty good player so his loss will be felt during the bowl game.
What I learned at Agricultural school
Two members of the WSU football team were kicked out of school after local law enforcement found out that they were growing pot in their rental house. Jamal Atofau and Andre Barrington were dismissed by Coach Wulff earlier this week.