They know where to go for lunch in Montlake, where all the toilets, the playbook, the Huskies’ innermost thoughts are located.
He’s the most dangerous type of opponent in college football – the former University of Washington coach or assistant coach returns as the boss representing someone else, trying their best to show off their old one. employer.
The Huskies have faced two of those guys before this season with Bobby Hauck and Justin Wilcox, losing to one and being driven into overtime by the other.
On Saturday, UW will face a third program alum – Jonathan Smith of Oregon State, former Husky offensive coordinator from 2014-2017. He was highly regarded in Seattle, at least when he wasn’t throwing passes. touchdown for the Beavers. , which he did from 1997 to 2001.
After the pre-game banter in the Willamette Valley, which could only be a quick conversation about how the wife and kids are doing, current and former Husky coaches will take care of it in a homecoming that is not listed that way in the program.
A record book check shows the Huskies have been in this awkward position several times before. With awkward results. Here’s a reminder, with each coach’s record against UW in parentheses:
Leonard “Stub” Allison (3-5-1)
The Minnesota native joined Claude Hunt’s Husky coaching staff as an offensive assistant in 1919, then replaced Hunt as UW head coach for the following season only, which ended. by a 1-5. He also coached the Husky basketball and baseball teams.
Fourteen years later, Allison became the California soccer coach and spent 10 seasons at Berkeley. In 1937, he guided the Bears to their best season in school history – 10-0-1 – which included a 0-0 draw with the Huskies and a 13-0 win over Alabama at the Rose Bowl.
Allison went 3-5-1 against UW before retiring during WWII. He died in 1961 at the age of 69.
Jimmy phelan (1-1)
The former Notre Dame quarterback coached the Huskies from 1930 to 1941, led them to the 1937 Rose Bowl against Pittsburgh and was fired exactly one week after the surprise attack on Hawaii that dragged the United States into the Second World War.
Phelan, who was 65-37-9 for UW, had no idea he was going to be let go after closing the season with a 14-13 victory over USC in Los Angeles. Annoyed, he called his dismissal “work at Pearl Harbor”. He was replaced by one of his assistants, Ralph “Pest” Welch.
Five years later, Phelan brought a team from St. Mary’s after a Sugar Bowl appearance at Husky Stadium and won 24-20 to a sold-out house. A year later, he returned to Seattle with the Galloping Gaels and lost 26-6. He died in 1974 at the age of 81.
Jim Sutherland (2-6)
UW’s assistant coach only for the 1955 season, which ended with the exposure of a slush fund scandal and the release of all of Johnny Cherberg’s staff, Sutherland has rebounded well. He was named Washington State’s head coach.
He faced the Huskies for eight seasons, winning two of the first three games against them, 27-7 and 18-14. However, he lost the next five rivalry games. He left the WSU voluntarily with a one-year contract in 1963, opened car dealerships and was replaced by UW assistant coach Bert Clark. He died in 1980 at the age of 65.
Darrell Royal (2-0)
Hired from Mississippi State, Royal replaced Cherberg and only coached UW in the 1956 season, going 5-5, before moving to Texas and making a big name for himself.
In Texas, he won the national championships in 1963, 1969 and 1970. In 23 seasons as a varsity coach and one in the CFL, he has never had a loss record. He finished with a university record of 184-60-5, with two of those wins over the Huskies.
In 1974 he beat a UW team coached by Jim Owens in Austin 35-21 and the following year the Don James Huskies 28-10 in Seattle. The Longhorns were built around legendary running back Earl Campbell, then a freshman and sophomore who raced in the Purple and Gold teams.
Texas named its football stadium for Royal, who died in 2012 at the age of 88.
Bert Clark (1-3)
After seven seasons on Jim Owens’ UW team, Clark moved across the state to replace Sutherland in 1964. He lasted four years, with his second Cougar team dubbed “the Cardiac Kids” for scoring comeback wins. in five games and finished 7-3. His guys beat three Big Ten teams that season in Minnesota, Iowa and Indiana.
The native Texan has lost to the Huskies each of his first three seasons. He was fired in 1967 after the WSU finished 2-8, although one of the wins was a 9-7 decision against the UW who couldn’t save him. He died in 2004 at the age of 74.
Ray Willsey (4-3-1)
Assistant to Darrell Royal for that staff’s only season at UW, Willsey followed his head coach to Texas and stayed for three years. A former Californian defensive back, he trained his alma mater from 1964 to 1971.
Willsey has faced the Huskies eight times and went 4-3-1. He won two of the first three games and two of the last three.
He resigned Cal to pursue coaching jobs in the NFL. He died in 2013 at the age of 85.
Gary Pinkel (0-1)
The Ohio native played for Don James and then joined him on Husky’s coaching staff twice for a dozen years, becoming an offensive coordinator.
He left to become a head coach in Toledo for 10 seasons, then to Missouri for another 15, achieving huge success. He facilitated the latter’s transition to the SEC and led the Tigers to 10 bowl games, including a pair of Cotton Bowl appearances. He retired in 2015 for health reasons, finishing with a record of 119-110-3.
Along the way, he was considered twice for the Husky position. In his first season as a head coach in 1991, he brought Toledo to Seattle to face James’ National Championship team and lost 48-0.
Keith Gilbertson (0-3)
After serving as Idaho’s head coach, Gilbertson joined James’ staff as offensive line coach and then offensive coordinator. He remained for three seasons, leaving the 1991 National Championship team to become Cal’s head coach.
He coached four seasons at Berkeley, had a 9-4 bowls team, and went 0-3 against UW before being let go.
He resurfaced with the Huskies in 1999 as Rick Neuheisel’s offensive staff coordinator for four seasons and took over as UW head coach for two more years when Neuheisel was dumped. He was fired in 2004 after a 1-10 season and ended his NFL career.
Chris Tormey (1-0)
The Spokane product coached 16 seasons as an assistant at UW for four coaches, Don James, Jim Lambright, Keith Gilbertson and Tyrone Willingham, plus two more seasons as a graduate assistant to James.
He left to become the head coach of Idaho, his alma mater, from 1995 to 1999 and Nevada from 2000 to 2003.
In his final season at Reno, he coached the Wolfpack to a 6-6 record and scored a 28-17 upset against the Gilbertson Huskies in Seattle, but that couldn’t stop him from being fired.
The following season, in 2004, Tormey joined the staff at UW Gilbertson, remained there when the Huskies replaced Gilbertson with Willingham, and he recently coached the CFL.
Rick Neuheisel (2-1)
The former UCLA and Rose Bowl MVP quarterback was hired out of Colorado to re-prominence the Huskies in 1999 following the sacking of Jim Lambright.
That’s exactly what Neuheisel did in his second season with UW, leading the Huskies to an 11-1 record that ended in a Rose Bowl victory over Drew Brees and Purdue. In his fourth season in 2002, he was fired for his involvement in an NCAA basketball betting pool which was later deemed not to be a dismissal offense.
In 2008, Neuheisel returned to coaching at UCLA, his alma mater, but had losing seasons in three of his four years and was fired. He coached three times against the Huskies and won twice, 27-7 and 24-23. He is now a college football television analyst.
Bobby Hauck (1-0)
Hauck coached Husky’s defensive backs and special teams for Neuheisel during his four-year stint in Seattle. He was named head coach of Montana, his alma mater, in 2003 and stayed for seven seasons. After five years at UNLV, he returns for a second stint in Montana in 2018, where he is currently.
The Huskies know this painfully after losing shockingly 13-7 to FCS Montana and Hauck to open this season.
Steve Sarkissian (0-1)
The former BYU quarterback was named the Husky Leader in 2009 to pull the program out of its ashes after a 0-12 season that cost Tyrone Willingham his coaching job.
Sarkisian stayed for five seasons before leaving for USC, becoming the first coach in 57 years since Darrell Royal to use the Huskies as a springboard to another job.
Dealing with alcoholism issues, he only lasted with the Trojans a season and a half before being eliminated days after losing to the Huskies 17-12 in Los Angeles. It was his only encounter with the UW. He is now a first year head coach in Texas.
Justin Wilcox (2-1)
The former Oregon security joined the Husky staff at Sarkisian as the defensive coordinator for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, then followed the head coach to USC for two more seasons. After a one-year stoppage in the same role in Wisconsin, Cal summoned him to become a head coach in 2017.
In his five seasons with the Bears, he faced the Huskies three times, defeating them 12-10 and 20-19 before losing last weekend in overtime 31-24.
Jonathan Smith (0-3)
The former Oregon State quarterback arrived at UW in 2014 with Chris Petersen as offensive coordinator and went on for four seasons before the Beavers brought him home as head coach .
In four years at his alma mater, Smith has faced the Huskies three times and is still awaiting his first victory after losses 42-23, 19-7 and 27-21, coming closer each year.
Could he bring down the UW this weekend at Corvallis? He knows all of Jimmy Lake’s preferences, what he eats for lunch, what he could do by the third and five o’clock.
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