It's decision time right now over at the University of Washington. Dr. Mark Emmert has heard all the input he needs to make a decision about Husky football. The word on the street is he is being pushed hard to make a change, but there is also a smaller contingent of major boosters who still want to retain Ty who have been just as vocal.
Most of the urgency has to do with local favorite Jim Mora Jr.. I think most people would be content giving Ty another year if the heir apparent wasn't sitting over there in Kirkland ready to go. Jerry Brewer and other make a good point in questioning whether Mora has what it takes to be a great coach, let alone a better college coach than Willingham is at this point.
I think it comes down to more than simply coaching. I think what really matters is how the program is perceived. I think Ty has done an absolute lousy job at promoting the program at a critical juncture. I feel he has alienated fans, boosters, and the media which isn't the right tack to take when you are trying to raise $400 million to redo Husky Stadium.
I think Mora, or Peterson have what it takes to rally all the Husky fans together to make great things happen. I don't think Ty has the ability, or the urgency to do that, and that is why I think a change would be a good thing.
A good friend asked me in Hawaii if I thought Ty would be a better coach next year even if he landed a top ten recruiting class? The answer of course is no because the man is very resistant to change. I personally would be very surprised if he makes any changes to the coaching staff even if he is retained. I like Ty, but he hasn't shown me enough to prove to me that he is the guy we need to take it to the next level.
I will say this, Ty is doing the one thing right now he needs to and that is recruiting well. Washington is headed towards their most successful recruiting year since the early days of Neuheisel. Personally I think this current class may finish as being the strongest since the early 1990's. One point that the anti Ty contingent was making is that we were going to lose all the top in state recruits this year, but that hasn't happened. You have to hand it to the staff for bringing in a highly rated class. Expect Ta'amu, and Thompson to commit very soon which would for all intents and purposes show that Ty was successful putting a fence around the state this year.
It is decision time, and we should know within the next twenty four hours which way the UW administration is going to go....stay tuned.
Johri Fogerson from O'Dea was the last Washington kid offered and he may be looking to go elsewhere because he feels he was snubbed early in the process by the UW staff. Anyone who saw Fogerson in the championship game has to admit this kid has some talent, but it seems to me that he could be a step slow like JR Hasty when it comes to playing TB. Only time will tell on that one, but a good friend who is very knowledgeable in the HS game feel that Fogerson could be the real deal.