Just one day after UW’s decisive 38-7 victory over Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, Jimmy Lake has taken the first official actions of his tenure as the new Huskies head coach. The UW Athletic Department announced on Sunday afternoon that neither offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan nor Tight Ends coach Jordan Paopao would be retained.
There had been much speculation about the future of Hamdan following two seasons in a row where UW’s offense has languished. The Huskies offense under his watch has struggled to generate explosive plays, convert third downs and score when in the red zone. Whether his release will impact the looming decision by QB Jacob Eason to enter the NFL draft remains to be seen.
The release of Paopao is a little bit more surprising given both how well the position has been recruited and how well the players there have performed during his tenure. Paopao was the only holdover by Chris Petersen from the Steve Sarkisian staff and, as such, was the longest tenured coach on the roster.
Rumors have been floating around the internet concerning a number of candidates that might be interested in joining UW’s staff.