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January 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM

A few quick notes from Sarkisian’s teleconference

UW coach Steve Sarkisian held a conference call with reporters, the first chance the media has had to speak to him since the Alamo Bowl.

I’ll pass along more detailed quotes later, but here are a few highlights:

— While he declined to get too specific about the details of the timeline of the firing of Nick Holt and hiring of Justin Wilcox, he said his first contact with Wilcox was roughly 24 hours after the firing of Holt. Asked how he managed to get that done so quickly he said that basically “didn’t sleep for 48 hours.”

— He said the decision to fire Holt was “extremely difficult” but that he had to remove personal feelings to do what was best for the football program. Said the defense under Holt “just didn’t work.”

— He said the plan is to play a little more 3-4 defense under Wilcox, with a standup defensive end at times, and be more aggressive in getting after the quarterback.

— Asked how he plans to fill the last spot on the coaching staff, he said he hopes to get someone who can help with the defensive line and allow Johnny Nansen to concentrate on special teams (so that obviously does nothing to quash the rumors they are going hard after Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi for the final position). He said there’s no set timeline on when he’d like to complete the coaching staff.

— Asked which players needed surgeries, he said Colin Porter and Travis Feeney (shoulder) and receiver Kevin Smith (knee, an injury that caused him to miss the Alamo Bowl). He said Smith could be out an extended period, though he wasn’t specific with a timeline of a return. He said Keith Price does not need any surgery at the moment.

— He said the school expects safety James Sample and running back Johri Fogerson will get redshirt years and return next season.

— He said every other player on the roster (other than those graduating) has returned for the winter quarter.

— He reiterated earlier news that Erik Folk did not get a sixth year of eligibility and said the school is actively recruiting for a PK for 2012.

— He said Chris Polk’s decision to leave for the NFL was “‘the right one” for where Polk is right now in his career.

More later.

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