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Archives: 2011

Dec.
31st

Quick preview of tonight’s UW-Oregon hoop game

Obviously, much of the day has been talking about football and firings, but I’m at Alaska Airlines Arena for tonight’s Pac-12 game between Washington and Oregon.

Don Ruiz, who filled in for me, had this preview in today’s paper.

From Don’s story …

However, coach Lorenzo Romar doesn’t attribute the recent surge to hard lessons learned against the Jackrabbits.“I don’t know if it was because of South Dakota,” he said Friday after practice at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. “… If you plant some seeds, there’s something growing underneath the soil. You just can’t see it, but something’s developing.

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Dec.
31st

Defensive coordinator Nick Holt fired, along with two assistants

A day after denying rumors post by the website Footballscoop.com, the University of Washington released a statement saying that defensive coordinator Nick Holt, linebackers coach Mike Cox and safeties coach Jeff Mills will not be retained for next season.

“I want to thank Nick Holt, Mike Cox, and Jeff Mills for their hard work and dedication throughout the last three years,”head coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. “They were instrumental in the leadership and development of countless young men, and they have left our program in a better place.  I am grateful for their service to our program and to

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Dec.
30th

UW officials shrug off Holt firing rumors

While I was flying back from  San Antonio, Footballscoop.com put out their daily scoop on coaching changes which included this …

Washington: We are told that Sark has informed his defensive staff that changes will be made. We are told Nick Holt and safeties coach Jeff Mills will not return.

And of course, that touched off a wave of speculation here in the Puget Sound, while I was blissfully unaware cramped into my window seat.

As to the report, the official word from UW officials is there’s nothing to it. Their official position is there nothing to report.

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Dec.
30th

Noon hoops: Huskies open Pac-12 play with a win

A big thanks to Don Ruiz, who filled in for me at the Husky game and not only wrote the game story but had in-game updates on the blog.

From Don’s story in today’s TNT ...

Washington improved to 7-5 this season and got off to a 1-0 start in Pacific-12 Conference play with a 95-80 win over the Beavers (10-3, 0-1).

The win played out before an announced crowd of 9,592, and the fans saved some of their loudest cheers as for video highlights of the football game in San Antonio.

“It

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Dec.
30th

Wrapping up the Alamo Bowl

Well that was interesting. I can honestly say the first bowl game I’ve ever covered won’t soon be forgotten. Two teams, two offense, two, ahem, defenses and lots of points and touchdowns.

A big thanks to the guys back at the News Tribune copy desk, who dealt with my late arriving copy from what felt like a nine hour games. The guys are under appreciated pros.

From my game story …

The 2011 Alamo Bowl turned into a record-breaking showcase for two dynamic, multi-threat offenses filled with playmakers. Remember the old Holiday Bowls? This

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Dec.
29th

Baylor postgame press conference transcript

Q. Terrance, do you want to talk about the way to close out your career, what a performance you had tonight, just break it down for me.

TERRANCE GANAWAY: If you don’t mind, I would like to close out our career as a team. It’s all about Baylor. Offensive line played really well, Robert, all the receivers, took a lot of pressure off me. So just going out there and fighting for a win, that’s what we all did, and luckily I was able to put my stitch on the end of the season.

COACH BRILES: I’d call it a

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