Randy Hart gave his heart and soul to University of Washington football.
For 21 years, Hart worked as an assistant for the Huskies. He coached under Don James, Jim Lambright, Keith Gilbertson, Rick Neuheisel and Tyrone Willingham.
But when Washington hired Steve Sarkisian after the 2008 season, the defensive line coach was not retained.
New blood, new philosophy for the Huskies meant a new coaching job for Hart. He spent 2009 at Notre Dame and joined Stanford as the defensive line coach for this season.
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He returned to Husky Stadium as a visitor on Saturday, still the same fiery coach.
Hart gave Stanford players a passionate pregame speech earlier in the day at the team hotel that left players buzzing after the Cardinal’s 41-0 victory over the Huskies.
“He got us really hyped up,” said defensive end Matthew Masifilo. “It was a very heartfelt speech to get us going.”
What exactly did Hart say? Well, that wasn’t clear. There were differing reports.
“He was just telling us to go out there and prove ourselves,” Masifilo said.
But it was more than that, according to coach Jim Harbaugh.
“It was all inconclusive on what it would take to get a win here,” Harbaugh said. “Mind-set, attacking offense, tenacious defense, special teams, he really broke down the entire game on what it would take to get a win here. It resonated with the players. And I know it resonated with me.”
Hart never mentioned his time spent with the Huskies or personal revenge in that speech. The players knew about his long career at Montlake. They didn’t need him to remind them.
“I’m sure it was important to him, but he gets fired up like no other,” Shayne Skov said.
Lakes High product Sione Potoa’e made his first career start in place of Cameron Elisara. … Linebacker Cort Dennison’s right arm was in a sling after the game with an injured triceps muscle. … Gregory Ducre started the second half at cornerback in place of Quinton Richardson. … With Colin Porter starting at right guard, and Erik Kohler at right tackle, it was thought to be the first time two true freshmen started on the line at the same time for UW. … Huskies linebacker Mason Foster had a career-high 18 tackles, and reached the 100-tackle mark for the second time … The last time the Huskies were shut out at home was a 7-0 loss to California on Nov. 6, 1976.