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March 13, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Sark has a friend in the Royals’ clubhouse

I’m still in the midst of my Spring Training duties down here in Arizona.
But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten completely about UW football. Yesterday, when I saw the Kansas City lineup, I noticed the name of Jason Kendall and realized that he was a high school rival of UW coach Steve Sarkisian — Kendall played at Torrance (Calif.) High and Sarkisian at West Torrance.
The popular version of Sark’s biography is that he wasn’t even the best high school QB in his own city because Kendall was.
So I went to ask Kendall about that Friday, also hoping maybe he’d give me some friendly dirt on Sarkisian.
But if they were once rivals, Kendall has nothing but good memories of his games against Sarkisan now.
“Good people, man,” said Kendall, a three-time All-Star catcher. “I was glad to see he’s got an opportunity to turn that school around. He’s one of the good people who busted his ass to deserve what he’s gotten he deserves all of it.”
Kendall said he actually couldn’t remember the results of their high school games against each other, though he knew they started against each other in both their junior and senior years.
“We both threw the ball 30 times a game, non-stop,” he said. “There was not much defense involved. We were both picking them apart. It’s not like football is now in high school — there was no option, the ball was in the air 60 times. … we had fun.”
Kendall said he keeps a close eye on UW now that Sarkisian is heading up the program.
“I was watching the USC-Washington game last year could see it in his eyes, he’s still got that fire, that look,” Kendall said. “It’s a good look, a crazy look.”

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