As a lifelong Husky football fan, a University of Washington alum, a past season ticket-holder and current holder of a ticket for the Boise State game, I’m hoping to see an unequivocal butt-kicking by the Dawgs on Saturday. But I’m hugely relieved that Husky coach Steve Sarkisian is doing it the right way and apparently suspending preseason All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Seattle Times Husky football writer Adam Jude reports today that Seferian-Jenkins is sitting out a one-game suspension for his off-season, drunk-driving conviction. According to the story, Sarkisian originally issued a two-game suspension, but let Seferian-Jenkins earn back a game.
That’s pretty much what this Seattle Times editorial recommended (no word on Kasen Williams’ status on Saturday). Sitting out the Huskies’ biggest star sends a message to his players, the community and aspiring athletes that Washington won’t win at any cost, as other schools do. The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article and graphic today on college football’s “Grid of Shame,” based in part on off-season arrests. Note Oregon: a powerhouse, but an embarrassment.
Sarkisian has got an unusual vote of confidence this morning from ex-Husky football coach Rick Neuheisel. When Neuheisel’s star tight end, Jerramy Stevens, pleaded guilty to hit-and-run for crashing into a retirement home, he sat for a half-game against Michigan in the 2001 season opener.
“It was the wrong message,” Neuheisel told KJR 950 host Mitch Levy this morning (beginning at 11:20 mark). “I should have just suspended him and made him understand that those kind of things can’t be tolerated.”