Hoss still a Coug in wake of coaching change?

THE OLD BROMIDE is recruits should commit to a school, not a coaching staff, the thinking being a coach's long term prospects at any one place are tenuous indeed. In real life, the adage doesn't always hold true -- prospects DO pledge because of a coach and if that coach leaves, they might too. Cougar verbal commit and o-line hoss Tim Hodgdon answers the question: Is he still coming to Wazzu?

In a word, yes.

"I am fully committed to go to Washington State," Hodgdon tells CF.C in the wake of Bill Doba's departure from Washington State.

That's not to say Hodgdon wasn't disappointed by the news that Doba won't be there next year.

"I think he's a great man," Hodgdon said of Doba. "I believe he should have the job but I guess they all felt it's his time. I only have the utmost respect for him."

O-line and area recruiting coach George Yarno was scheduled to be in Hodgdon's living room for for an in-home visit on Monday when the news broke that Doba would not be returning to coach the Cougs for a sixth season.

Yarno and the rest of the assistants remain under contract at WSU and the assistants are continuing their duties, said a WSU spokesperson on Wednesday afternoon. When, or whether, Yarno and others will go back on the road recruiting has yet to be determined. It was Yarno who first spoke to Hodgdon on Monday to let him know about the change.

"I heard about it right before the conference, from coach Yarno," said Hodgdon. "He informed me that Doba was being released and he told me he doesn't know what's going to go on with him coming (down for an in-home) and with recruiting right now. He was at our school and he called me right before telling me he had to go to the airport to go see Doba."

Hodgdon is also not without experience in dealing with coaching changes. Tesoro's former coach, after capturing CIF Division IX titles in 2004 and 2005, resigned after a 1-9 record (0-5 league) in '06. First year coach Brian Barnes this year guided Tesoro to a 7-3 regular season record and league title, notching a number of upsets along the way.

Hodgdon reiterated he's looking forward to donning the crimson and gray next fall and while sorry to see Doba go, he's also excited about the prospects for the future at Wazzu.

"I've also been through changes with coaching staffs before and there have only been good results," said Hodgdon.

Yarno told CF.C at the time of his verbal Yarno and Washington State went after him because of his confidence and aggression.

"He (Yarno) said he loves confidence in players and he saw confidence in me," said Hodgdon at the time. "And that I play pretty nasty. I have a quick 'get-off' off the ball."

Hodgdon was named '07 pre-season All-County by the Orange County Register and looks to be in line for various postseason honors and accolades when they come out in December and January. As a junior, Hodgdon was All-South Coast League.

A team captain for Tesoro, his strength numbers prior to his senior season included a 460 pound squat and a 340 pound bench press.

Tim Hodgdon profile and junior season video


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