The University of Washington is holding a press conference Tuesday to introduce its new defensive coordinator: former USC defensive coordinator and Idaho head coach Nick Holt.
That means we’ll have to wait a few more hours to hear from Holt about accepting this job. However, shortly after UW announced it was firing Tyrone Willingham, I interviewed Holt in Los Angeles … talking to him mostly about UW’s head job. However, some of his answers from back them might give some indication of why he might be interested in joining Steve Sarkisian up here… especially the final answer.
TNT: How good is this USC defense?
Holt: “Ask me in December, because we’ve still got four or five games left. But up till now it sure has played really solid. I think that if we continue to improve – and there are things we can improve – it can be as good as we’ve had here in our eight years. We’re really pleased with the effort, we’re staying relatively health, which is huge … but I think we have a good attitude, we have a lot of guys who can run to the ball, a lot of guys now are believing really in their techniques – they always have but now it’s even more. And I think our secondary is really good also.”
TNT: How good are the Huskies?
Holt: “Quite honestly – this isn’t just coach-speak – every Pac-10 team plays us pretty good. So we’ve got to come every week. You just look at the last two (UW-USC games), it’s come down to the last couple of plays of the game. We don’t take them lightly. We know their coaches – they’re very well coaches, quite honestly. And they’ve had a lot of injuries, and hopefully they don’t get it going against us.”
TNT: Would you be interested in the UW job?
Holt: “I don’t think about that. To us down here and to people who know the Pac-10 that is just an awesome job. Whatever happens, they’re going to be good up there. Had they probably stayed with the guys they have now (the Willingham staff)they’d end up being good. They’ve got some good young kids. They had some holes to fill recruiting. Hopefully they don’t catch up; but that is, as you know one of the premier places we think down here in the country. It’s just a matter of time.”
Holt, by the way, is a hyper-high-energy guy who looks and acts like a defensive coordinator straight out of central casting. I have a hunch UW fans are going to love this hire.