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September 15, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Sarkisian teleconference notes

Here’s an overview of what Steve Sarkisian had to say during his stint on the Pac-10 coaches teleconference today:
— He was asked about Willie Griffin and the running back rotation and said that at the moment, the third and fourth tailbacks are looking at getting “a few carries a game, maybe a few other snaps a game where you get up to six-eight snaps, and that’s the reality of it.” He said the Idaho game made it more difficult to get players in as UW had just 58 offensive plays compared to 83 against LSU. “That makes it tough to get everyone in the game.”
— He was asked again about the situation of facing his former team this week and whether he has talked about it with the UW players. He said that “we addressed it yesterday. The point of it is we would be wrong to say that this isn’t something different or not address it and just ignore it because then our kids would be wondering what is going on. So we addressed it and were upfront about it.” He said they told the the players that he and some of the staff did have good relationships there with many coaches and players “but for this week, this preparation is about us and what we do and how we prepare to get ready to play.”
— He said again that one key to this week is to not overanalyze the coaching matchup and get into trying to guess everything the other side may be. “We have to do what we do well,” he said. “If we go too far into that and try too hard, that’s when we can get all screwed up.”
— He was asked a question about being a young coach and learning how to make decisions and said that he was fortunate to be so involved in many aspects at USC but that he still watches games and thinks about how he would handle things. “I’m trying to learn and gain as much information as I can and try to put myself in their shoes,” he said. But he said that in the end “there is a philosophy of who you are as a person and a football team that ultimately comes out when those situations come about.”
— An Oregon columnist asked him about the state of the team when he took over and he said that “it was battered and bruised, emotionally, mentally and physically. That as much as we wanted to get these guys right physically, we had to get them right mentally.” He said one key was to get them to understand that there is so much work in being a college football player that “you better enjoy the time when you get to enjoy them and I think our kids are starting to understand that.”
— He was also asked about the UW fan base and said “it was a fan base starving to win again,” one that has experienced the greatest of times and is “starving to get back to that point.” And asked if the atmosphere at the LSU game surprised him at all, he recalled playing here for BYU in 1996 and said no. “I knew it could be that way again and I was so proud of our fans to come out and show that support for our team. We are obviously hoping for the game thing again this week vs. SC.”



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