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Washington Huskies Football: Defensive Coaches Fired After Pathetic Alamo Bowl

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 31, 2011

The Washington Huskies have parted ways with defensive coordinator Nick Holt, linebackers coach Mike Cox and safeties coach Jeff Mills after the team's 67-56 loss in the Alamo Bowl against the Baylor Bears, according to CBSSports.com.

Nick Holt was also the defensive coordinator for the USC Trojans from 2006-2008 before taking over in Washington.

Due to his success there, he was offered a huge contract of $2.1 million to coach the defense in Washington.

Things haven't gone according to plan.

There have been only 11 games out of his 38 coached games as defensive coordinator where the Huskies held opponents to less than 400 yards on offense.

The 67 points allowed by the Huskies' defense was the second most ever in school history.

It wasn't like the struggles were anything new for the defense this year. Earlier in the season the Huskies allowed 65 points against Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.

In fact, the team allowed an average of 35.9 points per game, a mark that was 108th in college football.

It's unclear what the future holds for Holt, who has now struggled during his tenure as a head coach in Idaho and as defensive coordinator in Washington.

The only real success he has had in recent years has been during his time coaching at USC.

It could be the end of his coaching reign in college football. Luckily for him, Washington will still have to pay out the remaining money in his contract.

Maybe it's just time for him to pack it in and call it a career.

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