Multiple sources are confirming that the University of Missouri will hire Pat Washington, who has 15 years of coaching experience in the Southeastern Conference and most recently at Kentucky. Washington was at Tennessee from 1995-2005. In that time, the Volunteers posted a 105-31 record that featured 10 bowl appearances – three Citrus Bowls, two Fiesta, Peach and Cotton Bowls, and one Orange Bowl.
Washington also helped Tennessee earn four trips to the SEC Championship game. A win in the 1998 title game let UT to the Fiesta Bowl, where the Volunteers beat Florida State 23-16 to cap an undefeated national championship season.
During his time at Tennessee, Washington produced a string of notable receivers such as Joey Kent, Marcus Nash, Peerless Price, Cedrick Wilson, Donte’ Stallworth and Robert Meacham. Nash, Stallworth and Meacham were National Football League first-round draft picks and all six players have enjoyed NFL careers. Kent, Nash, Wilson and Price still remain, as the top four pass catchers in school history.
Here’s a video of an interview with Washington right after he took the Kentucky job. It’s heavy on UK, but a sidenote…he recruited QB Tee Martin at Tennessee. He also talks about recruiting in his home state of Alabama, Georgia and Texas. Now granted this was for Kentucky, but it shows those are areas that Mizzou needs to turn their focus towards in the SEC.
Pat Washington’s coaching career:
1987-88 Auburn Graduate Assistant Coach, two bowl games
1989-91 Louisiana-Lafayette Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)
1992 Texas Christian Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)
1993 Texas Christian Assistant Coach (Quarterbacks)
1994 Baylor Assistant Coach (Running Backs), one bowl game
1995-2005 Tennessee Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers), 10 bowl games
2006 Kansas State Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers), one bowl game
2007-08 Mississippi State Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers), one bowl game
2009-10 Southern Mississippi Assistant Coach (Running Backs), two bowl games
2011 Southern Mississippi Asst. Coach (RBs, Special Teams Coord.), one bowl
2012 Kentucky Assistant Coach. (Wide Receivers, Passing Game Coordinator)