Two Washington assistants on hold

A source confirmed to Dawgman.com Wednesday that both current Notre Dame coordinators - Bill Diedrick and Kent Baer - have been contacted by new Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham about their futures. One has apparently been offered a job, the other has not.

Baer, who is ND's current interim coach while the Irish prepare for their December 28 Insight.com bowl game appearance against Oregon State, was offered the job of UW Defensive Coordinator, and is expected to take it.

Diedrick, who has Washington ties - he was offensive coordinator under UW Head Coach Jim Lambright from 1994-1995 - was apparently not offered a position with the Huskies. With current Boston College OC Dana Bible being the only other offensive coordinator Willingham has used in the past ten years, it's expected he will make a hire from outside the current nucleus of coaches at Notre Dame and Washington.

As of Wednesday night, it's unclear whether or not any other current ND assistants have been contacted by Washington. New Head Coach Charlie Weis has not met with any coaches and will not until Friday at the earliest.

In Seattle, things are still on hold for at least two current UW assistant coaches, while three others are apparently moving on.

Running backs coach Cornell Jackson, Tight ends/Special teams coach Scott Pelluer and Cornerbacks coach Jimmy Lake are all expected to move on from Washington as early as Thursday. Pelluer has been contacted by Utah, but it's unclear whether or not he'll accept a position working for new Ute Head Coach Kyle Whittingham.

That leaves Linebackers coach Chris Tormey and Defensive Line coach Randy Hart, who are right now waiting for word as to whether or not they will be retained. With Notre Dame defensive line coach Greg Mattison taking the DC position with Urban Meyer at Florida, Hart appears to be a strong candidate to stay. Former UW linebackers coach Tom Williams - now with Stanford - has had conversations with Willingham as recently as last week and has expressed a desire to return to Montlake. The word from Stanford is that Williams is likely to be coaching at another campus next fall.


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