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December 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Video — UW coach Steve Sarkisian talks after Friday’s practice

The Huskies are off the field following Friday’s practice, a brisk workout that lasted less than 90 minutes in the Dempsey Indoor.

Afterward, UW coach Steve Sarkisian met with the media and said he had not been contacted by UCLA about its head coaching vacancy, as was reported earlier today by The Los Angeles Times.

“I have not been contacted, no” Sarkisian said bluntly.

Asked if that meant he was refuting the report, he said: “Yes. I’ve not been contacted.”

And asked his reaction if he were contacted, he said: “The point of it is, and I’ve said before, I’m not going to engage in speculation and rumors. Hopefully, as we continue to get better here, and we win even more games, those speculation and rumors are going to grow in numbers, and I don’t feel like I should have to come and talk about speculation and rumors every time they come up.”

UW athletic director Scott Woodward, as reported here earlier, also said UW had not been contacted by anyone at UCLA seeking permission, a formality that is not required but sometimes is done, particularly in-conference.

So that’s two official denials here today that Sarkisian has been contacted.

Sarkisian was also asked about the fact that some UW assistants are being targeted for other jobs and said: “That’s a sign of our success and that we’re getting better and that people are noticing. I think that whatever of our assistants are getting opportunities to move on and be head coaches, for position coaches to be able to go on and be coordinators at good places, more power to them and deservedly so; I wish them the best of luck. That’s what part of this process is about, it’s about growing and getting better and earning the opportunities. We’ve got tremendous coaches on this staff, and as we continue to grow, there will be more opportunities for those guys.”

One of those assistants who has been involved in rumors is offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto, reported to be in the mix at Arizona State, particularly in being lobbied for the job by some of the players he coached there when he was offensive coordinator from 1992-99. Cozzetto, though, said Friday he has not been contacted and it’s not thought he’s in the hunt.

Also of note, a handful of recruits were in attendance. Three who were spotted are Lakes High lineman Zach Banner, Auburn High lineman Cory English, and receiver Dwayne Washington of Gahr High in Cerritos, Calif., who has already committed.

Not much else in terms of news. Everyone appears ready to go (other than the out-for–the-year guys) other than safety Will Shamburger, continuing to recover from a stinger.

“Shamburger’s nursing the stinger that just hasn’t gotten the strength back,” Sarkisian said. “But it was good to see (linebacker Garret) Gilliland back out there. Obviously, James Sample, coming off the surgery, won’t be able to go. We’ll monitor a few of those guys and see how they continue to build. But for the most part, we’re back going again.”

Also, Sarkisian said OL Colin Tanigawa had knee surgery today to repair an ACL injujry suffered against Oregon State — the procedure had to wait until swelling went down in the knee.

“It’s just the typical ACL recovery (of roughly nine months),” Sarkisian said. “Some guys are a little quicker some guys are not as quick, see how the swelling and his knee responds to the rehab as we go.”

As for if Tanigawa will be ready for training camp, he said: “I’d say iffy right now because we just don’t know. I think we all would have wished to have the surgery the very next day, but the doctors assured me this is the best thing going forward for him is to wait to get that swelling down and knowing Colin Tanigawa and his work ethic he is going to do everything in his power to be prepared for training camp and we will get to that point and see what the best thing is for him moving forward not just for that training camp but for that season and into seasons beyond.,”

You can watch Sarkisian’s meeting with the media today below:

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