Who will replace Ken Greene?

TWO MEMBERS OF WSU'S legendary Palouse Posse defense -- each with considerable college coaching experience -- say they'd jump at the chance to rejoin their their old coach, Bill Doba, on the staff at Washington State. And two other former Cougs, who also know Doba well, could make for interesting candidates to replace Ken Greene as the assistant in charge of cornerbacks.

Greene, on staff since 2003, either resigned or was dismissed earlier this week for reasons that Doba and the university have not disclosed.

Given Doba's proclivity for hiring either former Cougar players or coaches he's worked with in the past, at least four people would appear to have a good chance of having their names floated through the halls of Bohler Gym this week.

And two of them -- contacted by Cougfan.com on Wednesday -- say they'd welcome the chance to team up again with Doba.

"I heard last night there was an opening. I haven't talked with anyone at Washington State and don't know what coach Doba may be looking for, but if there was an opportunity for me I would be very interested," said John Rushing, who started a record 46 straight games for the Cougs between 1991-94. "To go back to your alma mater -- a place you really know how to recruit to -- and to compete in the Pac-10, under your old coach, would be special."

Rushing, originally from Merced, Calif., is entering his fourth season at Utah State, where he works with the secondary and punt return team. Prior to Utah State, he spent three years at Montana State and was a graduate assistant at Boise State.

One of Rushing's batterymates in WSU's Palouse Posse secondary of the early 90s, Torey Hunter, also said he'd welcome the chance to "come home."

"First off, I have great respect for Ken Greene and wish him all the best, but if Coach Doba were interested in me joining his staff I can't even put into words what it would mean," said the Tacoma native, who spent the last four seasons as secondary coach at Idaho State under former WSU assistant Larry Lewis.

Lewis and his staff were let go in November. Since then, Hunter has been tutoring NFL free agents and working with the Team USA squad that will compete in the junior championships in Japan. Before his tenure at Idaho State, Hunter was an assistant at Western Washington. Prior to that, he spent one season with the Houston Oilers, one in NFL Europe and six in the Canadian Football League with Montreal and Edmonton.

Both Hunter and Rushing say they've kept in frequent contact with Doba over the years.

Another Cougar defensive back from that same era, Greg Burns, seems likely to have his name bandied about as well. He recently joined the staff at Kansas State following one season as defensive backs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to that, Burns was with USC from 2002-05, where he mentored such luminaries as Troy Polamalu, Darnell Bing and Will Poole. Previous coaching stints include Louisville and Idaho.

Burns holds bachelor's and master's degrees from WSU.

Another name that could be in the mix is Jim Clark. He didn't play at WSU, but was a graduate assistant in Pullman under Mike Price in 2001-02 and Doba in 2003. In 2004, joined Price's staff at UTEP where he has coached the secondary the past two seasons. In his first season with the Miners, UTEP held five opponents to single-digit completions.

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