College Football – Steve Sarkisian – A Real Breath of Fresh Air For Washington’s Huskies

He is apparently half-Armenian and half-Irish, 34 years old and the new head coach of the University of Washington’s football team. Meet Steve Sarkisian, young, energetic, successful and excited about the opportunity to turn around the fortunes of the Husky football program.

That will not be as difficult a problem as Washington’s current 0-12 season record might suggest. We are purposefully not mentioning the fired coach whom Sarkisian is replacing. Sarkisian and the University of Washington deserve a clean slate at this moment in time. The old guy is history better left unwritten.

Before he arrived in Seattle to be announced as the new coach, Sarkisian had never been head coach of a major college football program. Some pundits consider his hiring a liability because of his inexperience as a head coach. I consider his inexperience an asset because Sarkisian is not bringing with him a bunch of failed practices, tired beliefs about what worked 20 years ago, and old cronies as part of the coaching staff.

Just winning a single game next season will make him more successful than his predecessor.

Sarkisian has been the quarterback coach, offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the University of Southern California the last 2 years. USC is a national powerhouse led by head coach Pete Carroll. So what’s the big deal with USC and Pete Carroll? Just this:

In the 7 years prior to this season, Carroll is 76-14 (84%) at USC, the best winning percentage of any current Division 1 coach with at least 5 years of experience. Carroll won National Championships in 2003 and 2004, won an unprecedented 6 consecutive Pac 10 titles and appeared in an NCAA record 6 consecutive BCS bowl games, won an NCAA record of at least 11 victories each season, and has been ranked in the AP Top 4 in each of those seasons.

This year the Trojans won their 7th consecutive Pac 10 title, and are again 11-1 going into their 7th consecutive BCS Rose Bowl appearance, this time against Penn State.

So what has Sarkisian had to do with Carroll’s success? He was there 7 of the last 8 years, first as the quarterback coach and then as the quarterback coach, offensive coordinator and assistant head coach the last 2 years. Sarkisian led the USC offensive effort while helping develop Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart (drafted by the Arizona Cardinals) and Carson Palmer (drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals). He also helped develop John David Brody (drafted by the Minnesota Vikings).

It’s also one thing to coach quarterbacks when you haven’t been one or been a very successful one, and another thing to do so as a great college quarterback, which Sarkisian was at Brigham Young University.

After two years at a community college, Sarkisian started for BYU as a junior, passing for 3,437 yards and 20 touchdowns. He finished his first season by going 31-for-34 for 399 yards and 3 touchdowns in BYU’s 45-28 victory over Fresno State, setting an NCAA record for completion percentage (91%), and 2 of his 3 incompletions were intentionally thrown out of bounds to avoid the pass rush.

As a senior, Sarkisian passed for 4,027 yards and 33 TDs with a 173+ pass efficiency rating, the best in the NCAA. BYU finished the regular season at 13-1, won the Western Athletic Conference Championship and then beat Kansas State 19-15 in the Cotton Bowl. He was selected as WAC Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team NCAA All-American.

While Washington will be Steve Sarkisian’s first head coaching job, he is clearly a winner as a player and a winner as a coach at USC.

Thus far, Sarkisian has made 2 quality decisions-he accepted the challenge at Washington and he didn’t keep any of the holdover coaches from the 0-12 team he inherited. Nice work, Steve. Who wants or needs winless coaches?

Sarkisian’s first order of business (besides hiring a staff and recruiting like there is no tomorrow) will be to change the culture of Washington’s program by restoring a winning attitude with belief.

Only time will tell how much success Sarkisian will enjoy with the Washington Husky football program, but one thing is for sure: Athletic Director Scott Woodward’s decision to hire him is a giant step in the right direction.

Copyright © 2008 Ed Bagley

The Ongoing Battle Between WeatherTech and Husky Liners

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the biggest fight of the year. I present to you two top-notch floor mat brands competing for the title. In one corner, we have Husky Liners, a company that’s been designing unique carpet protection products for more than 15 years. In the other corner, we have WeatherTech, a company committed to crafting the best floor mats in the business. So, sit back, relax and watch these companies duke it out.

When it comes to quality floor mats, everybody wants the best for their cars, but it’s not always obvious which mat is best for you. Which one delivers the best protection against mud, muck and moisture? Which floor mats will contain your spilt coffee, nachos and bean burrito the best? And, which floor mat is going to hold up the longest? All of these are good things to consider when purchasing your next set of all-weather floor mats. And, by narrowing it down between Husky Liners and WeatherTech, I can already see you’re well on your way to equipping your ride with the best carpet protection possible.

Now, in order to make a decision that’s best for you, you’re going to really have to think about what your personal needs are. Either brand is going to provide you with excellent protection, but, depending on what exactly you’re looking for, one might satisfy your needs better than another. Here are some key things about WeatherTech and Husky Liners that might make a difference when purchasing your next set of floor mats.

Custom Vs Semi-Custom
While not completely custom fit to your vehicle, WeatherTech floor mats are sold in an ideal size to best fit your particular year, make and model. And, they’re easy to trim for an even more precise fit. Their rugged underside helps keep them from slipping out of place. On the other hand, Husky Liners are completely custom formed to fit your specific year, make and model. This helps them to stay in place perfectly and to provide the best wall-to-wall protection.

Effect on Your Wallet
Because of their custom fit, Husky Liners are going to run you a bit more than WeatherTech. You’ll probably notice a price difference of around $50 for a complete set of WeatherTech floor mats or Husky Liners mats.

Warranty
One last thing to consider is the warranty each brand offers. Husky Liners backs their mats with a Lifetime Warranty, while WeatherTech offers a 10-year warranty.

Decision?
There’s no clear winner here tonight. It comes down to a judge’s decision, and you, of course, are the only one who can judge it. If you feel the extra warranty and perfectly customized fit is worth the extra money, go ahead and choose Husky – you won’t be disappointed. On the other hand, if you are happy getting top-quality protection while saving some money for a rainy day, you’d be better off going with WeatherTech.

Husky Liners Revealed – How Much Muck Can They Hold?

You never realize exactly how much liquid those Big Gulp cups can hold until you watch one tip out of your cup holder (in Hollywood slow-motion) and douse the interior of your vehicle with a Mountain Dew tidal wave befitting a summer blockbuster. Think your stock mats are going to contain that mess? Think again.

Replace those worn out or useless stock car mats with performance-grade protection from makers like Husky and Weathertech. Heavy-duty car floor mats, like Silverado floor mats or Camaro floor mats, are custom-engineered to provide complete protection from all kinds of spills from sticky soda to corrosive battery acid. Be on the lookout for those that feature tall outer ridges, containing everything from mud, dirt and sand to various liquids and the snacks that inevitably spill in the backseat.

Whether you have kids, eat your meals behind the wheel or spend your weekends off-roading, life’s pursuits can get messy. As a general rule: the dirtier you get, the more fun you’re having. But, when it comes to tracking your good times into your vehicle, that’s where the line has to be drawn. The hit you’ll take on resale aside, think of the time you’ll have to spend cleaning up the messes.

Car mats and truck floor mats exist for one purpose: to preserve your resale value by protecting your floorboards. They’re available in a wide variety of styles, including all-weather, carpeted, rubber and even your favorite logo designs. Constructed of high-quality thermo-plastic and other durable materials, a performance-grade floor mat is computer-designed to your specific make, model and year to provide maximum coverage without covering up your floor controls. Similarly, a cargo liner protects the area in back from the same resale-sabotaging dangers, including wear and tear from shifting cargo. Many are molded with smart grooves and tall side walls that trap the unexpected messes that often result when carting your pet around town. Plus, they’re a snap to pull out and hose off when they become soiled.

Husky is known for producing some of the finest quality car mats and liners in the business. It probably has something to do with the fact that each set is custom-fitted to the interior of each vehicle and features a raised lip that’s crafted to the unique contours of the specific carpeted floor areas. Designed to fit your front, second and even third seat floor areas (as well as your trunk and cargo spaces), Husky floor mats are constructed of a patented rubberized thermo-plastic material and will not crack or break. Guaranteed for life, Husky liners are known for their raised embossing that keeps spills from spreading throughout the vehicle.