Notebook: Simon won't be Huskies offensive coordinator
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Washington Huskies will have to look for someone other than Matt Simon to be their new offensive coordinator.
Simon yesterday withdrew from consideration for the job, the most important of four assistant coaching positions new UW coach Tyrone Willingham has yet to fill.
Simon told the Baltimore Sun that "family considerations" were a major reason he decided to stay on as running-backs coach with the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. Sources have also said, however, that Simon was concerned that he wasn't going to be paid as much at UW as he will with the Ravens.
Simon, who was an assistant at UW from 1982-91 working primarily with running backs, is one of two coaches known to have interviewed for the job. The other, former BYU coach Gary Crowton, was named offensive coordinator at Oregon earlier this week.
Simon did not indicate whether he had been offered the job.
There was speculation the Huskies might now target former USC coach Paul Hackett, who resigned as offensive coordinator of the New York Jets yesterday.
• Erick Lobos, a defensive tackle who saw increasing playing time near the end of last season as a freshman, might miss the early part of spring practice after breaking a bone in his left foot in a conditioning drill recently.
• The Huskies received a commitment this week from Daniel Te'o Nesheim, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Kamuela, Hawaii. Nesheim also visited Hawaii and Oregon before picking UW.
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