Question of the week: Which former assistant will have the most wins in 2009?

Washington Spring Football
Washington Huskies

Steve Sarkisian: Head Coach
Nick Holt: Defensive Coordinator
Sarkisian at USC: 2001-2003, 2005-2008
Holt at USC: 2001-2003, 2006-2008
UW 2008 record: 0-12

Steve Sarkisian left USC to receive nearly $2 million annually from the University of Washington. Defensive Coordinator Nick Holt chose to join him in the Pacific Northwest. Since taking over the program in January, the Huskies presented a recruiting class rated lower than Washington State, the top football prospect in the state of Washington recently chose BYU for his football future, and the early 2010 verbal commitment of Sione Potoa’e would now appear to be shaky, with the lineman now being offered by Pete Carroll and USC. How does a program that went winless in 2008 open 2009? Washington welcomes SEC powerhouse LSU to Seattle for the season kickoff.–Schedule

Tennessee Volunteers

Lane Kiffin: Head Coach
Ed Orgeron: Assistant HC

Kiffin at USC: 2001-2006
Orgeron at USC: 1998-2004
UT 2008 record: 5-7

It probably took a week of working for Al Davis before Kiffin realized his mistake. But in the end, the NFL head coaching position assisted his launch to a $2 million payday in Tennessee. With Orgeron assisting and daddy (Monte Kiffin) leading the defense, the Vols are hopeful that the program can be rebuilt quickly to something that is again honorable and respectful. It didn’t take Kiffin long to stir up trouble and create enemies in the SEC, and many of them will be aiming to shut his mouth.–Schedule

UCLA Bruins

Norm Chow: Offensive Coordinator
Chow at USC: 2001-2004
UCLA 2008 record: 4-8

Working as an assistant at UCLA, Norm Chow will face all of his former staff members in 2009. His meetings with the Vols and Huskies will be a match up of teacher versus students, and the offensive guru ends his season against the defensive mind of Pete Carroll.–Schedule

New Mexico State Aggies

Dwayne Walker:Head Coach
Walker at USC: 2001
Aggies 2008 record: 3-9

Dwayne Walker was Pete Carroll’s first hire at USC, after working with him in New England. He provided a presentable defense in his two years coordinating at UCLA, and interviewed for the head coach position before the hiring of Neuheisel. Walker now takes over a struggling WAC program.–Schedule

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~ by Anthony on June 5, 2009.

One Response to “Question of the week: Which former assistant will have the most wins in 2009?”

  1. San Jose State Spartans Fan here. Looking forward to traveling down to L.A. for the September matchup. It should be fun, even if we do lose.

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