One of the things that we are trying to do more of here at the UW Dawg Pound is give our readers additional access to various personalities around Husky Athletics and College Sports. Those readers who happen to be in their cars (or airplanes) for many hours every week are undoubtedly familiar with the excellent college sports programming found on Sirius XM's channel 91.
One of the top-rated shows on that channel is hosted by Chris Childers and is called College Sports Coast-to-Coast. For those of you unfamiliar with Childers' work, he is a super-passionate college fan who takes a national view on his program. He is one of the few that doesn't exhibit an "East Coast Bias" and I have found him to be one of the most knowledgeable and charismatic personalities covering college athletics.
Chris is a friend of the 'Pound and he sat down with us for a little Q&A just in time for Pac 12 Media day. Enjoy our interview and don't forget to give Chris a follow on Twitter. He tweeted some love to UW just yesterday.
I agree with Pac-12 media poll. Oregon is team to beat as long as Mariota is healthy. I think they are legitimate playoff contender.— Chris Childers (@ChildersRadio) July 23, 2014
Also can't wait to see how Washington looks this year. With Peterson at coach and gorgeous facilities sky could be limit soon in Seattle.— Chris Childers (@ChildersRadio) July 23, 2014
Chris Childers: It has been an unbelievable year to say the least! Just days before the 2014 BCS Championship game my wife and I welcomed our very first baby girl, Morgan, into the world. So, obviously, that was a huge life change for the better. As far as work, I'm just excited to continue to do what I do for a living. There is nothing like getting up every day and knowing you are going to talk college football for three hours with people who love the sport as much as I do and get paid for doing it.
Chris Childers: I mean what a hire! Chris Peterson has been the most coveted prize in college coaching for years now and the Huskies were able to land him! I can see why this was the spot he chose. Unbelievable facilities, great city, great fan base and a program with plenty of tradition. I think this was the home run of home run hires. Fit seems perfect and future of Huskies football seems very bright.
Chris Childers: I guess I am in the wait-and-see mindset. I do think Steve Sarkisian is a quality coach who certainly understands the landscape of the program at USC. Do I think USC could have made a better hire? Sure. But it's not to say that he won't have success in Los Angeles. In fact, I think the Trojans can be pretty darn good this year. There is plenty of talent at USC that just may thrive in the no huddle, up-tempo scheme that Sarkisian installed at Montlake last season.
Chris Childers: I don't see that as reality. Stanford and Oregon aren't going anywhere anytime soon. I think teams like Washington certainly have the ability to catch up with them but based on the talent they have recruited over the last several years I don't see the Ducks or Cardinal slipping anytime soon. I also really like both programs leadership with Mark Helfrich and David Shaw installed as head coaches.
| ||The big news in 2014 is the arrival of a college playoff system. What are the implications of the new playoff system to regular season scheduling for the Big 5 conference schools?|
Chris Childers: I expect to see more match-ups between teams that I'm not used to seeing play each other. If you are going to play a 9 game league schedule, I'd like to see the power programs really go out and play some super tough opponents in at least two of their non-conference games. For example, I'm very excited to watch the Oregon-Michigan State game this fall. That is is very non-traditional match-up that is dripping with appeal. We need more stuff like that in college football. Its good for the game and good for fans.