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I wrote earlier this month that things would get crazy before national signing day on February 1st, but I severely underestimated the situation. The past month or so has been the craziest offseason stretch I’ve ever seen for the Huskies. Since the Alamo Bowl, they’ve hired an entirely new defensive staff, added a few recruits, lost a few more, become players for several of the biggest recruits on the west coast, and pushed the entire California Golden Bear fanbase to the brink of insanity. Here’s a recap and some recruiting updates.
In the article linked above, I said, “Who knows, the Huskies might hire Tosh Lupoi from Cal or Ed Orgeron from USC, considered the two best recruiters in the Pac-12 and they could bring 5 players with them.” There were already rumblings that the Huskies were making a run at Lupoi, so this wasn’t any incredible prediction on my part. Still, I never believed they would actually lure him away from Cal, his alma mater. Nonetheless, they did, and everything immediately went crazy. Cal’s recruiting class, which had been ranked at the top of the Pac-12 took an immediate hit. They lost a couple of guys right away, most notably five star DT Ellis McCarthy to UCLA, and several more are still looking around.
One quick note. Cal fans are understandably upset about Lupoi’s departure. He was their golden boy, the guy who grew up miles from campus and had spent most of his adult life at Berkley. In their idyllic dream, he was expected to work his way up the coaching ladder at Cal and eventually take over for Tedford as head coach. It didn’t work that way, and no one can blame them for being disappointed and mad. Since then, they’ve come up with lots of crazy theories and rumors, the craziest being that Sarkisian hired Tosh just to ruin Cal’s recruiting class. That’s just crazy. The UW staff probably doesn’t mind if that happens, but it would be shortsighted and dumb to hire anyone for that purpose. They hired Tosh (and Eric Kiesau, Cal’s receivers coach and new UW offensive coordinator) because they are good coaches and recruiters. This was about the Huskies, not about ruining Cal. Besides, most of the players Cal is losing are going to other Pac-12 schools and not Washington, so it’s not like the Huskies won’t face them again. Anyway, moving on. Continue reading