By John Blanchette, Wednesday August 8, 2007
If it's getting down to referendum time on Bill Doba — and his contract and athletic director suggest otherwise — it would seem he's determined to be the master of his own destiny. In that respect, the most intriguing twist to Year Five of Doba Days at Washington State isn't a new recruit or a new scheme or even some vague new attitude. It's multi-tasking. Defensive coordinator Robb Akey's eight-mile leap to become head coach at the University of Idaho launched Doba on a nationwide search that led to his conclusion that the best man for the job was . . . him. Just for good measure, he added duties as linebackers coach. Doba's love for shirt-sleeves coaching was always obvious, but this seemed to be taking it to the extreme. "I just kind of needed to get back into it," Doba said. "I needed to get into those meetings and break down that film, work with those linebackers. If you're going to call a game, you can't just go in and call it off a sheet of paper. "Doba's defensive bona fides are established — he presided over the best unit WSU ever had in 1994. Read More.