After a few minutes of Nick Holt's introductory press conference, new head coach Steve Sarkisian offered up the comment, "Any question why I wanted him?"
Everyone in the room understood what he meant. (And here's TNT columnist John McGrath's take.)
Nick Holt is a high-energy coach, every bit as different from Ed Donatell as Sarkisian is from Ty Willingham.
Other than that general impression, there wasn't much real news out of this press conference, other than the eye-popping dollars involved outlined in the post below.
Holt said that he will run a defensive system very similar to what he ran at USC. He also plans to practice the same way -- which means hitting and tackling at every practice.
Holt called USC coach Pete Carroll his No. 1 mentor. He said it was difficult to leave. But he is excited about returning to the Northwest and facing the challenge of reestablishing UW as a football power. He once again used the term "sleeping giant."
I'll be back with more details and a few direct quotes later.