"Dead Limbs" (from Pete Carroll's "Coaching Tree")

Entertaining reed from Bob Keisser, the Long Beach Press-Telegram columnist Bob Keisser has covered Los Angeles-area sports for three decades.

Bob penned a special column for the Seattle Post Intelligencer on the Huskies' latest coaching hire. He is not impressed.

Bob calls out PC's not so impressive "coaching tree":

The Carroll coaching tree has produced mostly dead limbs.

Defensive coordinator Nick Holt left to become head coach at Idaho in 2004 and went 5-18 in two seasons. Former line coach Ed Orgeron was named head coach at Mississippi in 2005 and he went 10-25 in three seasons, with a 3-21 record in SEC games.

Kiffin got his first coaching job in 2001 at USC. Sound familiar? He was inexplicably named head coach of the Oakland Raiders for 2007 and predictably went 4-12 in his first season. He was fired after a 1-3 start in 2008.

He received the Al Davis what-was-I-thinking mulligan and was named head coach at Tennessee, but SEC observers are having conniption fits over the thought of another USC assistant being named an SEC head coach with even less experience and knowledge of football in the South than Orgeron.

And points how Huskies could have hired coordinators more qualified than Sarkasian from LA's college football scene:

If you watched the USC-UCLA game Saturday, you saw Sarkisian's work.

But there were two other assistants in the Rose Bowl with better credentials than Sarkisian.

One is Chow, who was in his first season as UCLA's offensive coordinator. It was his 33rd season in college football, he's coached six quarterbacks who were first-round NFL picks, and three Heisman winners.

The other is UCLA's DeWayne Walker, whose defense the past three seasons has been the only redeeming aspect of Bruins football. He has nine years of college experience and seven years of NFL experience.

Washington athletic director Scott Woodward may have hesitated about considering Chow because he's 62, and hesitated about Walker because he wanted an offensive man.

But please note that Chow and Walker were assistant coaches together at BYU in 1996 when the Cougars quarterback was ... Steve Sarkisian.

There isn't much I can disagree with there. But for the sake of transparency I should point that IIRC Keisser is a Bruin alum.

Hey ... we wish the Huskies nothing but luck. They have a great fan base and a great tradition. I hope it all works out for them but it sure will be interesting to see what transpires at Montlake in next four years.


<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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