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June 10, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Sarkisian reacts to today’s news

Had a chance to talk this afternoon with UW head coach Steve Sarkisian about the two big reverberations of the day around the Pac-10 — the addition of Colorado to the conference and the news of sanctions on USC.
Sarkisian was an assistant coach at USC from 2001-2003 and again from 2005-2008, the latter when he also served as offensive coordinator for two years.
He was not mentioned in the NCAA’s report and said that he was not aware of the issues that ended up resulting in the violations.
“I was focused on coaching and I wasn’t aware of some of those issues that had taken place at the time,” he said. “But for us (at UW) in dealing with myself as a head coach and our assistant coaches, it shows just how important it is to be attuned with all of your players and what they are doing and who they are with and how they are doing it and that you can never monitor them closely enough.”
“You see the sanctions and the impact of those on USC and potentially what they could be, and not just for us but for all coaches across the country, it’s a wakeup call of how important it is to stay on top of everything that is going on with your program. You try to be as on-point as you can, but it’s definitely a wakeup call that you can never be too detailed in everything you are doing.”
As for the addition of Colorado, Sarkisian said that “it is a good thing for our conference, It’s a great university and it’s good good history and tradition. But I don’t think this is the end. I still think there are some other things to come. So I’m anxious, just like everything else us, to see what else comes out of this.”
Indeed, at the moment it’s difficult for coaches and administrators at current Pac-10 schools to react greatly until they see exactly what the final makeup of the new conference will be.

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