The Pac-12 held its last regular season football coaches teleconference today, though there was very little news coming from the two participants in this week’s Apple Cup — UW’s Steve Sarkisian and WSU’s Mike Leach.
Leach, asked about some of the injury reports that have cropped up in the last 24 hours about the likes of LB Travis Long (knee) and QB Connor Halliday (concussion) said the school does not talk about injuries. So that’s that.
Also, asked if there would be additional motivation in wanting to win the Apple Cup to salvage the season, he said “I don’t know. We need to try to win the game just for the sake of winning the game and good football.”
(He was also asked a few non-Apple Cup questions, but I’ll not pass those along in this space).
Sarkisian also reiterated some themes from some of his other interviews of the past few days. He said the team is excited about the opportunity to win the game and “potentially finish our season 8-4” noting it’s something UW has not done “in over a decade.”
Asked about Keith Price’s improvement of late, he said again he thought it had been coming for a few weeks. He said the credit also goes to improved play around Price, including a better running game which has allowed UW “to play-action pass a bit more than we were able to earlier in the year.”
He was also asked about Bishop Sankey and he said that he’s not sure there is any other player on the team who has made the strides Sankey has from game one to now. “His confidence has risen and he’s got a real sense of belief in his own ability and what he’s capable of doing,” he said. “I’m very proud of Bishop and the season he is having. He’s had a great one so far.”