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This defensive coordinator has seen success against Oregon

The Washington defense has improved almost 80 slots in total defense from where they sat last season. Credit much of that to new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.

Through the first 5 weeks of 2011, the Huskies were 4-1, with their only loss against Nebraska. Their defense during that stretch was allowing 427 total yards per game (102nd in the nation). Through five games this season, the Huskies are allowing over a hundred yards less, and now rank 23rd nationally with an overall record of 3-1 (their only loss coming to LSU).

Their most impressive performance so far this season was against Stanford, where they held the Cardinal to 68 yards rushing, and just 238 yards of total offense.

Yesterday, the Oregonian did a nice piece that highlighted Wilcox's coaching journey ranging from his switch from safety to corner during his playing days at Oregon, to his first job as a graduate assistant at Boise State, and his first full time job as a linebackers coach at Cal before returning to Boise State at 29 years old as the defensive coordinator.

With Oregon on their schedule this weekend, we are reminded of the successful games that Wilcox has had against his Alma mater. Back in 2009 while at Boise State, Wilcox held Chip Kelly's first Oregon team to 31 yards rushing and just 152 total yards, leading the Broncos to a big 19-8 win. Kelly later evened the score in 2010 against a Wilcox coached Volunteer defense with a 48-13 victory where the Ducks racked up 333 total yards and 182 rushing yards.

Late last December, when Wilcox left the Tennesse staff for Washington, he packed only one bag, and had the rest of his stuff moved later.

"I brought one bag. I packed a hanging bag. That was it. I never went back. I just had my stuff moved." Wilcox said of his return to the Pacific Northwest.

Sark called Wilcox on a Saturday, and by Monday morning Wilcox was on campus at Washington, ready to hit the ground running at his first recruiting meeting. Now, through their first four games, there has been some major improvements.

Wilcox and the Huskies will square off against Oregon this weekend at 10:30pm ET on ESPN.

Motivational highlight video from Marist

Jim Parady is entering his 21st season as the head coach at Marist College (FCS - NY) and currently has the Red Foxes sitting at 2-3, and 1-1 in conference play. Parady has seen his share of success with the Marist program, helping guide the Red Foxes to over 100 wins under his watch.

Going into their homecoming game with Davidson, Marist had lost two straight games by a combined total of 3 points. After wrapping up a 34-21 win over Davidson, Parady and the staff put together this highlight video to help keep the team focused and get them back on track moving forward.

To be successful you have to be consistent

When James Franklin looks at the Missouri program he sees Gary Pinkel and a staff that have put together a consistent winner the right way. 

"I have a great respect for him and his staff and what they've been able to do over the long term, really build it the right way. You don’t really see a spike one or two years. They've built it the right way and able to be really consistent."

"Coach Pinkel runs a real program. It's not, 'Let me go hire a coordinator and run one offense,' and then he leaves and you go hire a new coordinator and he runs a new offense. It's the same thing on defense. There's a lot of similarities. Obviously everybody tweaks things every year and you evolve over time."

Franklin went on to explain how staff continuity and running the same schemes on offense, defense and special teams year after year helps when your recruiting to build a consistent program, and the Missouri program illustrates that.

"I would say if you look at his team from the first couple of years until now, there's a lot of similarities in how they play, what they emphasize, their schemes and their mentalities. That's what you see whenever you see a real program."

"The better teams don’t have a lot of turnover on their staff. They run systems that they recruit for year in and year out. So you have a chance to be consistent. You change your scheme, you change your recruiting philosophy, it makes it really difficult to build for the long term and have the kind of consistency that they've had."

Wednesday TV - Four games including USC at Utah

Thursday is finally here. Three college games and a NFL game on tonight.

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

Arizona at St. Louis - 8:20 - NFL Network

College:

Arkansas State at Florida International - 7:30 - ESPNU

East Carolina at UCF - 8 - CBS Sports Network

USC at Utah - 9 - ESPN

High School:

No games

Big 12 apologizes to Gundy

4PM Update> See the tweet above. Hmmm. What's going on here?

Original Story> 

Mike Gundy made it very clear that he was unhappy with the deciding touchdown called in their game against Texas last weekend.

Gundy flat out told reporters, "I think he fumbled." Come to find out, it looks like he was right.

The Big 12 came out today and formally apologized for the botched call.

According to the Oklahoman, the head of Big 12 officials called Gundy to "apologize profusely" for the touchdown that ended up deciding the game Saturday. Further review revealed that the Longhorns touchdown on 2nd and 2 was, in fact, fumbled before the ball crossed the goal line. 

An Oklahoma State player ended up coming up with the ball in the end zone, but the touchdown was reviewed by the booth and later confirmed on the field.

Take a quick look at the play in question below.

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