Oregon started UW coaches purge – Here’s how these guys landed

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Three hundred and seventy-one days between games, the University of Washington football team will face Oregon again in Eugene on Saturday afternoon with a new coaching staff, starting quarterback, offense and attitude.

The change was needed because last year the Huskies donned their all-purple uniforms in hopes of upsetting the Ducks at home in the rain, after two narrow road wins, and for a few hours they watched the program explode. .

TV reruns repeatedly showed then-coach Jimmy Lake shoved special teams player Ruperake Fuavai onto the sidelines in a fit of anger, which he later denied during his press conference. post-match held shortly after the 26-16 loss.

In a succession of quick shots, Lake was suspended the next day and later fired, offensive coordinator John Donovan was fired immediately for performance and in the following weeks all coaches but offensive line coach Scott Huff, left the program.

Thirteen players would head to the transfer portal. Nine more arrived from other schools looking for something new, including quarterback Michael Penix Jr. from Indiana.

November 6, 2021 will forever be a dark day in the annals of the Husky program, where everything came crashing down in ominous fashion, with another loss to Oregon the least of anyone’s concerns.

As those teams line up again in the Willamette Valley, UW players have moved on. It’s a football anniversary that nobody cares about except for one or two media watchers who usually follow these kinds of historical milestones, good or bad.

“There really was no discussion,” said new coach Kalen DeBoer, now in the role for 20 days before a full year. “It’s literally about our team right now. We’re quite far into the season, and we have our own identity of who we are, and we’re trying to be the best we can be. I don’t think anything of the past we is affecting at this time.”

That said, the Huskies will face two of their former coaches in Junior Adams and Bob Gregory and a former teammate of defensive tackle Taki Taimani once they enter Autzen Stadium. We have notified players who died a week ago of their condition. Today we’re looking at former UW coaches, starting at the top. Only six of the 10 have full-time coaching jobs at the college level.


Lake Jimmy

The 13-game Husky head coach has largely disappeared from public view, only seen sitting in the front row of a Mariners game with friends and hearing on a Chicago sports talk show about Kyler Gordon after the cornerback was drafted by the Bears. Otherwise, he’s in hiding and seems content to spend an entire football season before eventually resurrecting his career, most likely at the NFL level. Of course, he left UW with a $10 million buyout, which means he may not be in a rush to get back to work.

John Donovan

Donovan was a likeable character, but what he had to sell didn’t work. As simple as that. In the end, hiring the offensive coordinator was Lake’s second-worst move. He had been previously fired while overseeing the Penn State offense. Donovan is now a senior analyst for the Green Bay Packers – on defense. The Packers currently rank 21st among 32 teams in run and pass defense.

Bob Gregory

Husky’s former defensive coordinator turned folksy and soothing interim boss discovered there wasn’t a huge market for a 59-year-old coach with 35 years of experience on a 4-8 team, he has therefore took a position as a defensive analyst with Oregon. This is his second stint at Eugene after coaching defensive backs in 1998-2000. As good as they’ve been, the Ducks rank 76th in the nation in total defense (384 yards per game), compared to the Huskies, who are tied for 38th (355.3 YPG).

Junior Adams

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He accepted the opportunity to stay at the UW and join DeBoer, but the Ducks on filling new staff came to him late with a promotion to co-offensive coordinator, so he left. He was responsible with Kenny Dillingham for Oregon which currently ranks No. 2 nationally in total offense (520.6) while the Huskies aren’t too far behind at No. 10 (495.6).

Ikaika Malloe

The former Husky edge-rusher coach landed well with a comparable job at UCLA, taking medically retired Husky outside linebacker Laiatu Latu with him to Westwood. Both thrived for an 8-1 team. With Latu second in the conference with 8 sacks, the Bruins are tied for 45th nationally in that categorical ranking (2.44 per game), while the Huskies are tied for 19th (2.89).

Will Harris

A UW defensive backs coach, Harris has struggled as Georgia Southern’s defensive coordinator for Clay Helton — his guys rank 129th out of 131 FBS teams in total defense, giving up 484.6 yards per game. Only South Florida (502.9) and Charlotte (515.5) are worse. At least the Eagles are 5-4.

tear rowan

After a season as UW defensive line coach, he moved to Georgia Southern with Harris and took the same position. His D-line hasn’t been that formidable, and the Eagles rank near the bottom nationally in rushing defense at 127th, giving up 223 rushing yards a game, which tops only Tulsa, Hawaii, Colorado and Louisiana Tech. His 2021 Husky line was part of a defense that allowed a generous 193 yards per game.

Keith Bhonapha

Bhonapha returned to Boise State as running backs coach for a second stint and it was a little unsettling. He survived an early-season purge that led to the firing of offensive coordinator Tim Plow and the abrupt transfer of starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier after the Broncos split their first four games and couldn’t generate much money. attack at all. After winning four of its last games, Boise State now ranks 51st (171.2) in the nation in rushing, compared to the passing-focused Huskies who rank 99th (125.3) as a rushing team. .

Terrence Brown

Brown joined Justin Wilcox’s Cal staff as defensive backs coach, the same role he held at UW. He and his secondary staff were recently the recipients of Michael Penix Jr.’s 374-yard, 2-TD outing at Berkeley in the Huskies’ 28-21 win. The Golden Bears rank last in the Pac-12 in pass defense (299.78 YPG), compared to the Huskies, who are third (237.7).

Derham Caton

The former Husky tight ends trainer has opted out of the coaching profession and his company profile lists him as Account Sales Manager for Carta, which describes itself as a data collection and internet portal company.


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