SEATTLE — Before college football was thrown off course by the coronavirus pandemic, new Washington offensive coordinator John Donovan was already stepping into a challenging situation.
It had been nearly five years since he last coached on a college campus and he was installing a new offense for the Huskies without knowing who his quarterback would be when the new season rolled around in September.
Clearly, there were plenty of tasks on Donovan’s to-do list before COVID-19 altered everything.
“Everyone has to deal with it and it’s not the perfect scenario,” Donovan said during a conference call Friday. “At the same time, I think the time we have to kind of go through a little more detail at a slower pace, that’s actually been good.”
Donovan was a surprise choice to take over Washington’s offense. An offseason of change for the Huskies saw the unexpected retirement of Chris Petersen as head coach, the promotion of Jimmy Lake to take over the program and his decision not to retain offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan.