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Will big names see UW Huskies football coach vacancy as a marquee job?

Nov 16, 2021, 5:08 PM
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A general view at Husky Stadium before the UW Huskies' game against Oregon on Nov. 6. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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The UW Huskies football program isn’t in the same state it was when Chris Petersen handed it over to Jimmy Lake. But don’t take that to mean the vacancy at head coach left after Lake’s firing by Washington on Sunday won’t be seen as a marquee landing spot for other coaches.

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On Tuesday’s edition of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Mike Salk Show, college football analyst Yogi Roth of the Pac-12 Network explained why the Huskies’ head coach position is considered “big time” among those in college football.

“It’s in the category of ‘Can you win big?'” Roth said of Washington’s reputation as a football program. “There are some other jobs like this one and like USC that are open in this league where you can win big, you can go to the playoff. It’s been proven in this era by Washington. It’s not like it’s leaning on the past of a national championship many years ago.”

Roth, by the way, was pointing to 2016, when the Huskies went 12-1 to get a shot against Alabama in a national semifinal Peach Bowl.

Washington has kept competitive in the ways that should make Montlake attractive to both recruits and potential coaches, Roth continued.

“I think they’ve got the resources, they have the facilities that compete with anybody in the country. They’ve got the recruiting ground in terms of the northwest kicking out players, the West Coast as well, and it’s able to recruit nationally.

“I think it’s a big time job. I think we’re all surprised (about) where it is currently, but I anticipate that it won’t take long whenever they make their hire to get this thing going back to the standard which Chris Petersen brought it back to.”

You can hear Roth’s full conversation with Mike Salk in the podcast at this link or in the player below.

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