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Reports: Cozzetto bolting ASU for Washington

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Washington may have a new offensive line coach, though nothing is official yet.

Dan Cozzetto, presently Arizona State's tight ends coach, has been reported as the replacement for Jim Michalczik, who held the post for only a few weeks before bolting for the Oakland Raiders. It's unclear if Cozzetto also will be the Huskies offensive coordinator, like Michalczik was (though head coach Steve Sarkisian will have play-calling responsibilities).

Cozzetto has coached with Dennis Erickson at Oregon State, the San Francisco 49ers, Idaho and Arizona State.

But he previously coached offensive line at Washington in 2003.

Let's just guess that pleasant memories from that season aren't why he's coming back (he's surely leaving the desert for the Northwest because of a fat raise and a multi-year contract).

Washington fans probably remember 2003 as the year when Rick Neuheisel was fired for participating in an NCAA tournament pool with some buddies, leaving Keith Gilbertson the horrible job of captaining the resulting burning ship.

That was Point A in the conflagration of badness that still engulfs the program, which Sarkisian has been charged with dousing.

I remember chatting with Cozzetto a few times during (he was totally baffled by the hullabaloo) and after the Neuheisel debacle (he clearly knew the situation wasn't good). Funny guy.

Of course, Cozzetto is old school. He's tough and demanding on players. That, of course, may be what the Huskies need now, though it didn't always connect with them back in 2003.