Happy Friday DTP'ers. In today's edition of The Daily 12-PAC we bring you interviews with Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian and DC Justin Wilcox. Also, pieces on Oregon closing spring practices to the displeasure of Duck fans, WSU reuniting with Bill Doba and a preview of Oregon State's secondary.
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian was on the Dave "Softy" Mahler show Thursday, talking all things Husky football as spring practice approaches.
The link we are providing you are Bob Condotta's notes/highlights from the interview, as well as a link to the full audio of the 20 minute session.
Ted Miller talked with new Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in a two-part interview for the PAC-12 blog.
In part 1, Wilcox discusses life in the SEC and returning home to the Pacific Northwest.
Here's part 2 of the ESPN interview with Huskies' DC Justin Wilcox.
Part 2 is all about what Washington fans can expect in terms of philosophy, scheme and defensive improvement. Enjoy.
Our friends at Addicted To Quack reacted to the news that Oregon coach Chip Kelly has decided to close spring practices in Eugene. And they are befuddled.
It doesn't really seem like there's a reason for the Ducks to close practice, and I thought this point by David Piper was extremely well put:
Perhaps Kelly simply wants to eliminate distractions for his team--although if they want to accomplish what everyone expects them to next fall, they need to learn to deal with many more distractions then a few people on the sidelines during practice.
This sort of thing is really the M.O. for Chip Kelly, but at the same time you can't argue with the results he is producing. In addition to the post on ATQ, the comments thread that follows is equally insightful as to just how strong fans feel about this move.
As a part of the lead-up to its spring game Washington State in planning a number of events, which includes the return of former head coach Bill Doba. It will mark Doba's first trip back to the area since 2007 when his tenure as head coach of the Cougars ended.
Truthfully, we don't know much about what Coug fan's feelings towards Doba are, but we have rarely encountered a better human being in the coaching profession. Glad that Wazzu and Doba are on good enough terms that this reunion can happen.
OSU returns a group of experienced defensive backs this year, as well as some solid depth at all positions. 2012 is expected to be a year of high-octaine offenses in the PAC-12, particularly through the air.
That being said, the experience in the secondary could be a huge benefit to the Beavers. Some feel this might be one of the better secondaries to take the field in Corvallis in some time.
To join in on the discussion and find more great college football commentary and analysis, make sure you follow the Huskies at UW Dawg Pound, the Cougars at Coug Center, the Ducks at Addicted to Quack, and the Beavers at Building the Dam.