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Aug 21, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Good luck.

She was great at W. Now she's dancing with the Devil.

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Aug 21, 2023Liked by John Canzano

"USC just did the most un-USC thing ever: It hired a humble, smart, relatable, qualified, living, breathing human being, folks.". Yeah, USC is the 70s-80s NY Yankees and their administration/donors are George Steinbrenner. I give her a year before she quits or is fired.

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Let's not forget Cohen also hired Jimmy Lake and Mike Hopkins.

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Jeez, are people having a bad Monday? Breathing the smoky air? I don't remember this level of snark here in...ever. I think it's a great article about a very accomplished person. I have my doubts about her success at USC, given its culture, but we'll see. John, are you still doing the Wordle and did you have a one-off over the weekend? Thought I recognized your start word.

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I unconditionally trust JC’s assessment of Cohen. She will be tested by USC’s toxic institutional culture in a way she hasn’t/wasn’t at UW. Carol Folt may be trying to change that--her previous choice of Mike Bohn makes me skeptical--but the culture at a large university is incredibly, deeply ingrained.

USC has tolerated or tried to hide incredibly despicable behavior by people all over their enterprise: academic, administrative, health--and athletics.

We’ll see.

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DeBoer is incredibly lucky that Penix is at QB. Better to hold judgment for at least 2 more years. Maybe he's a great coach. Maybe not.

As for Cohen...

"Jen Cohen is a unifier. She brings people together. " Huh?

She DID just break up the conference. How you call her a unifier is beyond me.

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Smart woman looking out for #1

Leaves a deficit-ridden situation for the private dollars of U$C

I appreciate the good she did at Udub and wish her all the worst as a Trojan

Should be fun in L.A. November 4th

GO DAWGS

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I wish Jen the best at USC. Her legacy at UW is mixed at best. Good and bad coaching hires, supported all sports programs and was by all accounts an above average leader. However, she also leaves an athletic department awash in debt with no viable (public) plan in place to right the financial ship. And now UW must somehow survive in the Big Ten at a half revenue share? This Dawg respects her right to self determination, but I'm not happy about the move.

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As a UW fan, this makes me sad.

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AnonymousAug 21, 2023

Really enjoyed this piece. Learned a lot and also bummed me out that USC gets something else good.

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Well, I can’t really cheer that no matter that she’s a successful and genuine person, but I feel pretty confident in our people at Oregon State.

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Interesting hire. We'll see if she can change the culture of the exagerated opinion of USC football. They haven't been good for many years.

The NCAA needs an overhaul. They allowed the transfer portal, media deals and NIL to ruin college football.

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Her decision to leave for the Big 10 resulted in the demise of the PAC 12. Good riddance.

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Being a Husky fan guarantees extreme ups and downs. This is an extreme down. There is no putting make up on a pig and pretending it's a beauty queen. A bad AD can lead to...well for example..chasing off Don James as your head coach. Hiring Tyrone Willingham. Going 0-11. Or hiring a kalen Deboer and going 11-2 with this coach of the year. And Jen is on the playoff committee! I'm facing flash floods today, Hurricane Hilary and now this.

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Chris Peterson as AD at Washington? What do you think?

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Way to "call 'em as you see 'em". We shall see. When history is written, her UW days will show reasonably well.

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