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Petersen: DL Jaimie Bryant taking medical retirement, plus other notes

FROM HOLLYWOOD – Just as Jaimie Bryant’s Washington Huskies football career was beginning, it came to an end.

UW coach Chris Petersen told a handful of reporters during lunch at Thursday’s Pac-12 media day that Bryant, a freshman defensive lineman from Tumwater, will take a medical retirement after doctors discovered an apparently serious back injury during the offseason.

Petersen said Bryant will likely remain in the program in some capacity, and as is customary with medical retirements, he will remain on scholarship throughout his academic career at UW. Read more »


Steve Sarkisian says he regrets doing radio interview morning of his departure from UW

FROM HOLLYWOOD — New USC coach and former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, sporting a tan he couldn’t have acquired in Seattle, spoke with reporters here at Pac-12 Media Day a little while ago and fielded a few questions about his departure from UW.

His biggest regret, he said, was giving a radio interview on Sports Radio KJR on the Monday morning he announced he was leaving for USC.

In that interview, Sarkisian denied interviewing for the USC job. Hours later, he was on his way to Los Angeles as the Trojans’ new coach after breaking the news to his players — though they surely already knew — during a brief meeting at Husky Stadium. Read more »


Looking at UW attrition since Steve Sarkisian’s departure

With the announcement today that Josh Shirley and Taylor Hindy are leaving the Washington Huskies football program with the intent to transfer, I thought it’d be a good time to catch up on the list of scholarship players who have left UW since the early-December departure of former coach Steve Sarkisian.

This is not a list of players who left because Sarkisian left, nor is it intended as an illustration of remarkable turnover or anything like that. It’s simply a list of scholarship players with eligibility remaining who have left UW, for one reason or another, since the Sarkisian era officially ended. There are now nine such players.

(Listed alphabetically, using bio information from the 2013 Apple Cup roster, with their class listed according to their 2014 status.) Read more »


Here is Tosh Lupoi’s separation agreement with UW

Nothing new in here that you’re not already aware of, but since the school released the official document today, I figured I might as well just pass it along for those curious about what these kind of things entail.

UW confirmed earlier this month that former defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi reached a mutual separation agreement with UW that will pay him $300,000. According to the agreement, his employment at the school officially ended on Jan. 17.

Perhaps of most interest — though still not surprising in any way — is the No. 4 item under “Agreements,” which dictates that both UW and Lupoi will cooperate with any Pac-12 or NCAA investigations, and that “both parties acknowledge that the University has an obligation as a public institution and a member of the NCAA and the Pac-12 conference to investigate allegations of wrongdoing and to report the results of such investigations to the appropriate authorities, and this release shall not be interpreted in any way that interferes with that right.” Read more »


Justin Wilcox, Marques Tuiasosopo officially added to USC coaching staff

Apologies for getting to this late. Was out to dinner.

Anyway, what was expected for some time was made official on Monday night, as former Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and quarterbacks coach/interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo were announced as new members of Steve Sarkisian’s coaching staff at USC.

Wilcox will be USC’s defensive coordinator. Tuiasosopo will coach tight ends.

Here’s the official release from USC. Read more »


Tale of the tape: Washington 31, Brigham Young 16

FROM SAN FRANCISCO — As usual, we pass along our capsulated look at tonight’s game, which the Huskies won 31-16.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME — For a while, I thought this was going to go to BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, who proved pretty difficult to stop on the ground, rushing for 133 yards on 31 carries, a figure that included some yardage lost on five UW sacks. But Bishop Sankey was given the bowl game’s official offensive player of the game award, and that’s probably the right call. His numbers were good but not gaudy — 21 carries for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns — though he sat out the fourth quarter with what he said afterward was a hand injury. His touchdown runs — especially his second — were both impressive. Read more »


Morning links: Bowl practices continue in San Francisco

FROM SAN FRANCISCO — Aside from practice at San Francisco City College — closed practice, that is — there isn’t much on the official bowl schedule for Washington today, aside from something called “Holiday crafts for Official Party families.” Not quite sure what that entails.

We won’t be making any crafts today. But we do have links.

— Here’s our story on Hau’oli Kikaha, who somewhat quietly put together one of the best seasons by a defensive lineman in the Pac-12.

— We also have some notes from UW’s media availability here yesterday. Read more »