Lake has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the head-coaching job at Colorado.
As another regular season comes to an end, Washington co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake again finds his name attached to media reports for coaching vacancies at other programs.
The latest rumors have linked Lake to the head-coaching job at Colorado.
“Happens every year, right?” Lake told The Seattle Times Friday night after the Huskies’ 28-15 victory in the Apple Cup.
“We have a great coaching staff and there’s always guys who are going to get mentioned for certain jobs here or there,” he added. “Any time we have success — and I know a lot of people feel like we haven’t had success this year, but we just won nine games. We’re about two in another championship, hopefully, if we can get it done next week. And any time you have a successful team, people are going to talk about the assistants on the staff.”
Last winter, Alabama, Florida State and Texas A&M all reached out to Lake about their defensive-coordinator openings. He opted to remain at Washington after co-defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski voluntarily ceded play-calling duties to keep Lake on Montlake.
Lake also received a significant pay raise this year, making him the highest-paid assistant coach in UW history. He earned about $1.1 million this season, not including bonuses.
“I love Seattle,” Lake said in an interview late Friday with KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler. “Bought an awesome house in Bellevue. Don’t worry: I’m gonna be here for a while.”
The UW defense shut down WSU’s Air Raid passing attack for the fifth straight season (sixth overall) Friday night in Pullman. The Cougars have not scored more than 17 points in any Apple Cup with Lake and Kwiatkowski running UW’s defense, and Lake said he was surprised the Cougars have not made any adjustments the past few years.
“We know what type of offense we’re playing. They do the same thing year in and year out. This is five years in a row now. So it makes it really easy to game-plan when an offense does the same thing every year. Obviously, now with the (snow) conditions, and they can only do one thing — that handcuffs you a little bit. So it was definitely to our advantage. And we took advantage of it.”
“It does surprise me,” he said. “But knowing what I read about the head football coach here, he does things a little bit different way. So hopefully he remains here for a long time. That would be awesome.”
The Cougars’ 237 yards and 15 points were both season lows Friday.
“I say this every year, and I don’t mean this as a slight: But for defensive backs, if you know they’re going to throw the ball 60 or 70 times, this is the most fun game of the year,” Lake said. “If we had to play Air Force every year, I would be miserable because they run the ball every down. And so would our defensive backs. This is our most fun game of the year. We’re defensive backs. We love to defend the pass and we know they’re going to throw it 70 times a game.”