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Q: Are there any plans to officially introduce new coach Steve Sarkisian at a Husky basketball game?
A: Yes. Official word today is that it will happen at halftime of tomorrow’s game with UCLA, when a number of football recruits will also be in attendance. Sarkisian was given a little bit of an introduction at last night’s game, shown on the big screen sitting behind the basket during the first half following a short video; he was gone by the second half. But tomorrow is expected to be a more full-blown introduction, ala the famous Rick Neuheisel one where he emerged brandishing a gold helmet. Maybe Sarkisian will have something new to announce tomorrow, as well, who knows?
Q: Has Anthony Gobern returned to the team?
A: Yes. Gobern, if you recall, suffered a shoulder injury early in fall camp last year that required season-ending surgery, and it was decided that he would delay enrolling to preserve a year of eligibility. Gobern, a cornerback from Fair Oaks, Calif., has now officially enrolled and is on the roster. He will still have five years to play four beginning next fall. In fact, I’m told the roster is status quo — all the players expected to return have done so, and there are no surprise additions.
Q: Is Sarkisian related to Cher, whose last name is also Sarkisian?
A: No, though it would have been really fun if he were. Talk about a great font of ideas for uniform changes. This was actually asked of Sarkisian during one of his first press conferences here, and he said he is not. I detailed Sarkisian’s background in this story last December. Interestingly, Cher’s background is pretty similar as her father is also of Armenian descent.
Q: So how much did that fog machine cost that the Huskies rented last week?
A: According to what UW AD Scott Woodward said in an interview on KJR-AM today, $30. Woodward spoke about a bunch of different topics in that interview and he also said that while he doesn’t condone any NCAA violations, he considered what happened last weekend just “a slip” and not a big deal. “I take it serious but I’m not going to hang him over this,” Woodward said, adding that the coaches have been refreshed on the rules and he doesn’t anticipate any future problems.
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