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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 14, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Who is Steve Sarkisian?

That’s the question I attempted to answer in this profile of the new Husky coach today.
I tried to talk with as many people as I could over the last week who have known Sarkisian through the years, and I’ll try to dole out some of the quotes that didn’t make it in the paper on the blog in coming days.
Among those I interviewed was former BYU coach LaVell Edwards, who couldn’t have spoken more favorably of his former player.
“I think if you are going to take a gamble on a 34-year-old young man with no more experience than what Steve has I think Steve is the guy,” Edwards said. “He’s going to be as well-prepared as anybody could be, and when I say that I’m talking emotionally and mentally and the whole works. He’s not an in-your-face type of guy but he’s going to command respect just the way he does things. And he’s not afraid to step up and let you know what you need to do. I just think it’s a very good gamble for Washington.”
Another interesting thing Edwards said is that Sarkisian’s whole policy on wanting to have open practices might date back to his playing days at BYU. Edwards said that’s how he ran his practices throughout his coaching career.
“He’s not just saying that,” Edwards said of Sarkisian’s promise the day he took the job. “I’m sure there will be times he’ll get ticked off and close things down if you have to. But to be a closed shop all the time or whatever (he won’t do that).
“We were always kind of open. I just didn’t worry about it. If things happen, they happen and they are going to get out anyway. I always felt if something does happen, you’re better off to be right up front with it.”

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