Georgia State, Washington's opponent on Saturday, is the subject of our story in today's newspaper. More specifically, Georgia State's coaches. More specifically, five of Georgia State's coaches. That and more in today's links.
This weekend affords Tim Lappano a unique opportunity to coach against the school where he spent four seasons as offensive coordinator.
And, too, it gives Lappano a chance to go home.
When Lappano joined the Washington Huskies coaching staff as an assistant to Tyrone Willingham prior to the 2005 season, Lappano and his wife, Sandi, purchased a home on the Sammamish plateau.
They still own it. The family still lives there. And when Tim is done coaching, that’s where he’ll live full-time again, too.
For now, he lives in an apartment in Atlanta, where he coaches receivers for the Georgia State Panthers, the Huskies’ opponent in a 3 p.m. Saturday game at Husky Stadium (Pac-12 Network). He lived in an apartment in Detroit, too, where he coached tight ends, and then receivers, for the Lions for five seasons after Willingham and his staff were fired at UW in 2008 after finishing with an 0-12 record.
His true home, though, is in Sammamish.
“The area has everything that my family likes,” said Lappano, who grew up in Spokane. “We like the recreation, outdoor stuff, the water’s there, the mountains are there. It’s got everything we like to do.”--- Washington's 2015 schedule is out, along with the rest of the Pac-12.
--- Forgot to link this originally, but there was an update yesterday on the status of men's basketball player Robert Upshaw.
--- Huskies senior outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha was named the Lott IMPACT player of the week after recording three sacks and a fumble recovery against Illinois.
--- The Associated Press has a story about the Huskies taking advantage of big plays.
--- Bud Withers writes about the possibility that backup quarterbacks could play a big role in the Pac-12 this season. Withers also has some highlights from the Pac-12 coaches teleconference.
--- Tennessee will pay Georgia State $950,000 to play a game in 2019. That's a bit more than the $900,000 Washington is paying Georgia State to play Saturday's game at Husky Stadium.
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