From "physically inferior and mentally scarred" to a bowl game
Just three years ago, the Washington Huskies were 0-12.
Enter Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies have gone 5-7 and 6-6, while accepting a bid this year to the Holiday Bowl.
Washington AD Scott Woodward told the Seattle Times, "In my opinion, what was done last season (2009) was incredible. Our team was not only physically inferior to the teams that they played in that season, they were mentally scarred from losing. And they (coaches) had to change a whole mind-set.”
Woodward, a former assistant AD at LSU, admits his goal was to make a “Nick Saban type of hire” by bringing in Steve Sarkisian. Two years later, Woodward couldn’t be happier.
"We're here to win the game. We're here to get better as a program, but I also want this to be a celebration," Woodward said. "I want the kids who have been through the depths of misery to really experience some sunshine in a metaphorical and a literal way. I just want them to experience joy and a real celebration, because it's been a rough road for the seniors.
"I'm not afraid to say that we are striving to win championships. And I think Steve's the right guy to do so. But I'm not as optimistic as Steve on the quick turnaround.”
UW will play Nebraska on December 30th in the Holiday Bowl.