Abysmal. Terrible. Awful. Horrible.
These are words that describe the kind of season the 2008 Washington Huskies had. Last year, the Huskies became the first FBS team to finish 0-12, an amazing feat for a once proud football program in Seattle.
During the 2008 season, Washington coach Tyrone Willingham resigned, and AD Scott Woodward brought in Southern California offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to inherit the winless program. Sarkisian didn't fail to excite Huskies fans early on.
"It's the year 2008," Sarkisian said. "It's time to get back to the Rose Bowl, to Pac-10 championships, competing for a national championship. That's our goal, no question. I can't wait to get this thing going."
However, is bringing Washington back from the grave too daunting a task for first-time head coach Sarkisian? Lets look at some variables.
For a bad, bad football team, Washington doesn't recruit too badly. Here are the numbers.
2009: 66th overall class (Last in Pac-10)
2008: 14th overall class (Third in Pac-10)
2007: 29th overall class (Fourth in Pac-10)
2006: 35th overall class (Sixth in Pac-10)
Not too bad considering they have been very, very irrelevant.
While fan support may not be the best, it certainly is strong for an atrocious program, and the Huskies have always boasted a proud and loud fanbase. Sarkisian has already fired up the fanbase. If you could transfer that to wins, it will be one of the best in the Pac-10.
Steve Sarkisian was a conservative offensive play-caller that didn't make too many friends at USC; that should tell you enough.
Why Washington will succeed in the future
All the tools are there to be good: decent recruiting classes, a large, rabid fanbase, and a stadium that is second only to Autzen in terms of noise.
If things go right, look out for Washington!
Why Washington will not succeed in the future
An abysmal recruiting class in 2008 may carry over and spark a new trend of bad recruiting. Washington has an unproven coach in Sarkisian, who was famous at USC for being conservative on offense.
It all hinges on whether the man can get it together, and it seems like this program is trying anything they can to break out of their slump with this hire.
Washington went from a proud Rose Bowl program at the beginning of the decade to the laughingstock of college football, as they went 0-12 in 2008.
If Sarkisian proves himself, look out for the Huskies as the fans will be there, the recruits will be there, and the wins will be there. However, that is a big if for Washington.
It may be safe to say that the Huskies will finish in the bottom half of the Pac-10 the next few years, but if things go right, this football program may be back to where it used to be.
- Okay Recruiting
- Good Fanbase
- Questionable coaching
- Potentially bottom of Pac-10, but a chance to make noise in the Pac-10.