By Tom Phillips
Tom Phillips, 54, lives on Capitol Hill with his wife and two children and works in public relations for Microsoft. Phillips, who grew up in Corvallis and split his college years between the University of Oregon and University of Alabama, has lived in Seattle for more than 30 years. He may be the only sports fan in Seattle who can legitimately claim to be a Husky, Duck, Beaver and Crimson Tide. “Anything but USC,” he says.
With apologies to “Late Show with David Letterman,” here’s my Top 10 list of why I’m glad Steve Sarkisian bolted for USC (don’t let the door hit you on the way out, coach).
10) The UW saves millions of dollars it would have paid had he merely been fired for being the under-achieving coach that he is.
9) Gives Husky Nation one more reason to hate USC.
8) No more head-scratchingly horrible three-game losing streaks in the middle of the season.
7) Opens the possibility of hiring a coach who can recruit in-state talent (see Exhibit A: Myles Jack, next year’s Heisman Trophy winner).
6) Eliminates forever having to hear Sarkisian say, “Our kids just need to settle down and play football” at halftime on the way to another blowout road loss (see Exhibits B and C: UCLA and Arizona State games this year).
5) Eliminates the possibility that a Sark-coached team will ever again lead the league in boneheaded penalties.
4) Increases the chances the Huskies could compete with the Ducks – something Sarkisian never remotely came close to achieving.
3) Chris Peterson could get the job.
2) Gary Pinkel could get the job.
And the number one reason why I am glad the Sark Era is over in Seattle:
1) The door is open for Jim Mora to come back where he belongs!
Phillips was one of about a dozen readers who emailed their thoughts Monday about Steve Sarkisian’s departure to become the head football coach at USC. Phillips’ composed a David Letterman-style list of why he’s not sorry Sark’s leaving. Look for some of the other emails throughout the next week on Take 2.
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