Washington Huskies http://kplu.org en UW Hires Boise State's Petersen as Next Football Coach http://kplu.org/post/uw-hires-boise-states-petersen-next-football-coach <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Washington has announced that Boise State’s Chris Petersen will be the Huskies’ next football coach. Petersen leaves Idaho after 13 years, during eight of which he served as the Broncos' head coach.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Washington made the announcement official with a press release Friday morning. It marked the end of the first successful effort to lure Petersen out of Idaho. His name had been linked to numerous other jobs the last few years. Two undefeated seasons and three national coach of the year awards helped raise his stock nationally.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:00:39 +0000 Scott Graf 11481 at http://kplu.org UW Hires Boise State's Petersen as Next Football Coach UW Football Coach Steve Sarkisian Under Pressure http://kplu.org/post/uw-football-coach-steve-sarkisian-under-pressure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Washington football team plays Oregon State in Corvallis Saturday night. UW's starting quarterback is nursing an injury and they’re coming off a big loss against UCLA last week.&nbsp;</span></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there’s no rest for the weary; Washington State is waiting in the wings.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 11213 at http://kplu.org UW Football Coach Steve Sarkisian Under Pressure Don James Prepared UW Players for Football, Life http://kplu.org/post/don-james-prepared-uw-players-football-life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tributes are planned this weekend for legendary University of Washington football coach Don James. He died last Sunday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. James coached the Huskies from 1975 until 1992, leading them to six conference titles and a share of the 1991 national championship.</span></p><p>The Husky marching band will perform a special tribute to James during halftime of Saturday night’s game against California at Husky Stadium. A public memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW campus.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Don James will be remembered for what he taught players on the field, and off.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 10637 at http://kplu.org Don James Prepared UW Players for Football, Life Huskies vs.Ducks: Beyond Regional Rivalry http://kplu.org/post/huskies-vsducks-beyond-regional-rivalry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington Huskies host the Oregon Ducks Saturday in a highly-anticipated game. It begins at 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium in Seattle, but fans will be gathering well before that, with cable station ESPN featuring the matchup in their weekly &ldquo;College&nbsp;</span>GameDay&rdquo;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;program&mdash;a first for Washington.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;Thiel&nbsp;says this year, the game is more than just a regional rivalry; it&rsquo;s a matchup between two nationally-ranked teams.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 10386 at http://kplu.org Huskies vs.Ducks: Beyond Regional Rivalry UW Huskies face formidable foes in first half of 2012 season http://kplu.org/post/uw-huskies-face-formidable-foes-first-half-2012-season <p>The Washington Huskies begin the 2012 football season Saturday night against San Diego State. UW will face four Top 20 teams in the first six weeks of the season.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a tough schedule is not the only obstacle the Huskies face this year. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 6157 at http://kplu.org UW Huskies face formidable foes in first half of 2012 season Will UW football changes be enough for a challenging 2012? http://kplu.org/post/will-uw-football-changes-be-enough-challenging-2012 <p>After an embarrassing 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl, the Washington Huskies have made big changes to their defensive coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt was fired, along with the team&#39;s linebackers and safeties coaches.</p><p>Two coaches with ties to the Northwest were hired from Tennessee. But will it be enough to help the Huskies face what promises to be a very tough schedule in 2012? Fri, 06 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 3606 at http://kplu.org Will UW football changes be enough for a challenging 2012? Preview: UW starts new year with new defensive staff http://kplu.org/post/preview-uw-starts-new-year-new-defensive-staff <p>Being part of the highest-scoring bowl game in history was hardly a distinction for University of Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt.&nbsp;</p><p>The 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl was the last in a series of defensive flops that cost him his job. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 3601 at http://kplu.org Preview: UW starts new year with new defensive staff Highs and lows in sports for 2011 http://kplu.org/post/highs-and-lows-sports-2011 <p>There were some bright spots in the local sports scene in 2011. But not many. Find out what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel named as the high points and low points of the year. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 3542 at http://kplu.org Highs and lows in sports for 2011 Thiel: Spread against UW vs. Baylor in Alamo Bowl should be wider http://kplu.org/post/thiel-spread-against-uw-vs-baylor-alamo-bowl-should-be-wider <p>The Washington Huskies travel to San Antonio Friday in preparation for the Alamo Bowl next week. They play Baylor on Thursday, Dec. 29.</p><p>Baylor is favored by nine points. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks the spread should be much more than that. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 3532 at http://kplu.org Thiel: Spread against UW vs. Baylor in Alamo Bowl should be wider Huskies under more pressure than usual to beat Oregon State http://kplu.org/post/huskies-under-more-pressure-usual-beat-oregon-state <p>After a 5-1 start, the Washington Huskies are now 6-4 heading into Saturday&#39;s game against Oregon State.</p><p>OSU is 2-8. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that appears to be&nbsp;little comfort to the Huskies and their fans, who are more apprehensive than normal about this game. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 3203 at http://kplu.org Huskies under more pressure than usual to beat Oregon State Preview: UW will try to stop losing slide, likely with backup QB http://kplu.org/post/preview-uw-will-try-stop-losing-slide-likely-backup-qb <p>After a promising start, the Washington Huskies have lost three of their last four games. And now it looks like they&#39;ve lost their starting quarterback to a sprained knee. Keith Price was injured in last weekend&#39;s loss to USC.</p><p>It&#39;s not official yet, but it looks like freshman backup quarterback Nick Montana will get his first career start on Saturday against Oregon State. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:54:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 3202 at http://kplu.org Preview: UW will try to stop losing slide, likely with backup QB UW needs more than luck to beat Stanford in 'game of the decade' http://kplu.org/post/uw-needs-more-luck-beat-stanford-game-decade <p>The Washington Huskies play one of the best teams in the country on Saturday &ndash; the Stanford Cardinal and their star quarterback Andrew Luck. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is one of the most significant games UW has played in a decade. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2947 at http://kplu.org UW needs more than luck to beat Stanford in 'game of the decade' Preview: 'Biggest Huskies game in years' this weekend http://kplu.org/post/preview-biggest-huskies-game-years-weekend <p>The Washington Huskies take on Stanford in California this Saturday. They&#39;re hoping for a much better showing than last season&#39;s embarrassing 41-0 loss at Husky Stadium.</p><p>Standing in their way is the best quarterback since John Elway, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:20:28 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2942 at http://kplu.org Preview: 'Biggest Huskies game in years' this weekend Double drag likely this weekend for Hawks and Huskies fans http://kplu.org/post/double-drag-likely-weekend-hawks-and-huskies-fans <p>This might not be the best weekend to be a Seahawks or Husky fan. Both teams are big underdogs in road games against major football powerhouses.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel can&#39;t recall a time when both teams were so heavily favored to lose in the same weekend. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2635 at http://kplu.org Double drag likely this weekend for Hawks and Huskies fans Gonzaga aces first NCAA test; Huskies play tonight http://kplu.org/post/gonzaga-aces-first-ncaa-test-huskies-play-tonight <p>Gonzaga continued its late season win streak, roaring through its first game in the NCAA men&#39;s basketball tournament <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/budwithers/2014529219_withers18.html">with a solid win over St. John&#39;s</a>&nbsp;last night, 86-71. The Zags dominated in rebounding, and just about every other category, against their favored Big East conference opponent, writes The Seattle Times&#39; Bud Withers:</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:12:11 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1026 at http://kplu.org Gonzaga aces first NCAA test; Huskies play tonight