College Football – Brian White, Former National Assistant Coach of the Year, Joins Husky Staff

Slowly, hopefully inexorably, the misguided loyalty on the University of Washington football staff is getting a facelift and some actual competence.

The defensive disaster that has permeated the U-Dub campus could actually improve next season with the recent addition of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell and now former offensive coordinator Brian White.

White was the latest addition to Ty Willingham’s Husky staff. The powers to be lit a fire under Willingham’s backside after last year’s season of promise degenerated into an unacceptable string of losses.

The message was short and to the point: you can stay another season but fix the defense, and for God’s sake, win more games than you lose before we all forget the great football tradition you inherited. Willingham, whose 3-year coaching record at Washington is 11-25, somewhat reluctantly got the message.

Being a college football coach today is not much fun when you are not winning. Willingham is one loyal person who sincerely believes in the goodness of everyone he hires. Unfortunately, one can go “blind” in this effort to succeed.

In the real world, the lesson that Willingham has to learn is that there is no reward for good. You can be the best person in the world and the best coach in the world, but being good does not mean that you win football games. Think about how many GREAT pro players have no Super Bowl ring.

The reality of life dictates that there can be only two outcomes as a coach at the end of each game: results or excuses.

Just because the CEO of a Fortune 500 company makes more decisions does not mean that he makes better decisions. Loyalty does not translate to the bottom line. This is a really tough lesson for Ty, but if he wants to achieve his potential as a coach, he will learn or be gone.

That is why Ty’s slow, methodical, unemotional move to shore up his defense has resulted in the hiring of Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator and Brian White as an assistant coach, perhaps handling tights ends and special teams, or running backs.

Nowhere in Brian White’s coaching resume do I see special teams coaching experience, which suggests that he would be better placed as the running backs coach.

White spent 11 years as the running backs coach and offensive coordinator for Barry Alvarez at the University of Wisconsin. During his tenure, White was selected as the Division 1 Assistant Coach of the Year in 2004 by the American Football Coaches Association.

As Wisconsin’s running backs coach and offensive coordinator, he helped coach Wisconsin in 9 bowl appearances, including Rose Bowl selections in 1999 and 2000. He mentored 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, 2001 NFL first-round draft choice Michael Bennett, and 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Anthony Davis.

White has spent his last 2 years at Syracuse as its offensive coordinator and tight ends coach with little or no success. His lack of accomplishment may have had more to do with Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson, who came to the Orangemen with a terrific record as an NFL defensive coordinator with the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.

Since arriving at Syracuse, Robinson has gone 7-28 in 3 years, the worst 3-year record in Syracuse football history. Nonetheless, Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross is bringing Robinson back for a 4th season.

All you really need to know about Robinson at Syracuse is that he serves as the head coach AND defensive coordinator, a really dumb idea whose time has yet to come. Syracuse is Robinson’s first head coaching job and it shows. Big egos like to micromanage everything and everyone; they have not figured out why they have assistant coaches to make them look better.

Gross’ judgment may be worse than Robinson’s. Some outstanding coordinators are simply not good head coaches; they may lack the talent, temperament, media skills and organizational skills to run an operation without screwing it up.

Brian White did spend 2 years as a graduate assistant for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, and White was there when the Irish won the 1988 national title with a Fiesta Bowl victory over West Virginia. Two years of experience in ANY capacity with Lou Holtz is worth at least 10 years at Syracuse with the best the current Orangemen have to offer.

While coaching the receivers at Nevada, White helped the Wolf Pack offense lead the nation in total offense (582+ yards per game) and passing offense (401 ypg).

For whatever it is worth, White is also more highly qualified-education-wise-than almost all NCAA football coaches. He has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a master’s degree from Fordham and another master’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame.

While there is no direct correlation between education and success as a football coach, White is apparently no stranger to learning and is capable of getting 3 degrees from three academic powerhouses. Let’s hope it rubs off on his fellow Husky staff members and players. Until the Huskies can once again win a lot more games than they lose, they (staff and players) need all the help they can get.

Copyright © 2008 Ed Bagley

The Siberian Husky Dog And His Family

Dated back to earlier times, the Chukchi tribes from northeastern Asia were the first to breed Siberian Husky dogs. It was during 1909 when these sleigh dogs were brought to Alaska for the first time in history to compete in the All-Alaska Sweepstakes race, where they drew the attention of the Alaskan dog breeders for their great running abilities. The American Kennel Club (AKC) offered recognition to these dogs in 1930. Eight years after this recognition, the Siberian Club of America was instituted.

Siberian Husky dogs are a gentle breed with pleasing temperament. The Chukchis raised their dogs with high admiration, considered them as an integral part of the family and inspired their children to play with the dogs. This probably facilitated the development of a warm, gentle, social and human-like attitude in these dogs. With their alert and intelligent nature, the Siberian Husky can become a warm companion for people of any age with diversified interest levels.

Siberian Huskies cannot be classified as single master dogs, although they possess a strong dedication and friendliness to their family. They tend to socialize with new people they come across. Typically, they do not show any fear or suspicion to strangers and this tendency deterrents their quality to become a good watch dog, although they can come up with involuntary violence and show their strong defensive attitude if attacked. They act gently at the time of getting socialized with dogs from other breeds.

Empowered with their strong hunting instinct such as swiftness, sneakiness and great tolerance skills, Siberian Husky dogs show their voracious attitude towards small house animals like squirrels, birds, cats, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs and can cause serious harm to them. So the owner of a Siberian Husky must maintain enough precaution if he plans to raise small animals together with a Siberian Husky. Otherwise, the dog may promote a mess in and around the home.

Siberian Husky dogs do not need much attention since they have a instinct to stay clean. These dogs are covered with a dense coat of abundant volume. For these dogs, shedding usually occurs once per year. Siberian Husky dogs are especially inclined towards digging holes and find it a favorite leisure activity. The dog is easier to keep since it requires much less food compared with its size. Traced back to early days, these dogs were fed with small amount of food in order to keep them active.

Siberian Husky dogs possess a strong instinct to run. Since early days, these dogs have shown their true inclination to run, as they are found to enjoy this instinct from true core of their heart. However, this tendency may pose a serious threat to their existence if indulged. You may consider a situation when they endure their running aptitude through a busy road. So, if you own a Siberian Husky, you better know how to confine it wisely in order to ensure its maximum protection. If you feel bad seeing dog in confinement the Siberian Husky may not be a good choice for you.

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.