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Preview: UW starts new year with new defensive staff

Darren Abate
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A scoreboard shows final of the Alamo Bowl game between Baylor and Washington. Baylor pulled out a thrilling victory in the highest-scoring bowl game in history. Not long after the game, UW overhauled its defensive coaching staff.

Being part of the highest-scoring bowl game in history was hardly a distinction for University of Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt. 

The 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl was the last in a series of defensive flops that cost him his job.The 2012 Pac-12 football schedule has just come out. It includes a lot of tough games for the Huskies, including a match-up with No. 1 LSU. How will the new defensive coaching staff meet the challenge?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel weighs in on the changes in the UW football program tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.
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