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April 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Sarkisian interview on ESPN 710 Seattle

Missed this earlier, but UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest today on ESPN 710 Seattle.

You can listen below.

Here are a few highlights:

— He said “there are probably more jobs open than there would normally be” with some of the turnover in personnel and coaches.

— He said he’s fine to “operate under any scenario” at the tailback spot, meaning either going primarily with one guy or by committee. He talked about the move of Antavius Sims to tailback and said he’s put on “just about 18 pounds” since arriving at UW (he’s listed at 205. Not sure if that includes the 18 gained or not).

— He talked a little bit about the process of hiring a new defensive coordinator and said he really wanted someone with expertise in the “back end,” meaning the secondary, and that “I just felt we needed to defend the pass better” with all of the passing-oriented offenses in the conference.

— Asked for a reasonable expectation for this season he said “I would expect us to be better than we were last year” and that “I really wish we would have won nine games” in 2011. He said a reasonable expectation is that UW takes another step toward contending in the Pac-12.

— He said he thinks UW is “very close” to being able to contend for a Rose Bowl berth but also noted the lack of seniors and said “I think we are getting closer” and that “I wish and hope it is this fall — we’ll see” but said that “bigger than that” the day will come when they do compete for Rose Bowls.

— He also talked about watching the NCAA title game last night, comparing Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and why they are practicing at 8 a.m., among other topics. …

More audio at MyNorthwest.com

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