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December 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

So long, Sark: Readers react to Steve Sarkisian’s awkward exit

Former Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian is introduced as the new USC coach on Tuesday in Los Angeles.  AP photo by Jae C. Hong

Former Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian is introduced as the new USC coach on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
AP photo by Jae C. Hong

We’re getting a lot of reaction from readers and Washington Husky fans over Steve Sarkisian’s awkward exit to accept the head coaching job at USC.

Reaction is all over the place. A Take 2 poll we posted yesterday, though admittedly unscientific, shows how mixed the emotions are. As of 11 o’clock Thursday morning, more than 10,600 votes were cast. About  31 percent said they were “glad he was gone,”  about 29 percent “don’t blame him” for leaving, and about 24 percent said they “mad that he lied” when he told radio station KJR 950-AM that he hadn’t interviewed with USC. About 10 percent said they were “still processing” Sark’s departure and about 7 percent said they were “mad he left.”

Interesting that so few say they are angry about Sarkisian leaving. Also interesting that the two groups that are upset with him totals about 31 percent. That’s the same percentage that is glad he’s gone and about the same that doesn’t blame him.

I’ve received about 20 emails from readers on the subject, and  29 readers had posted comments on the Take 2 blog this morning. The emails and comments reflect the mixed emotions.

“For the first time, I feel like there are worse coaches in college football than Slick Rick,” said one reader comment, in reference to Rick Neuheisel, who was caught in a lie when he said he didn’t interview with the 49ers when he was the UW coach.

Said another reader comment, “Almost all college coaches lie to kids. That’s their job essentially. It’s called recruiting. They are overpaid liars that make millions for their school and help fund other sports and academic programs. …”

A Cougar fan had this to say in an email: “I am extremely disappointed Sarkisian is leaving the Huskies. I was looking forward to more years of mediocrity from the Husky FB program.”

A reader email took offense at the poll. “None  of your choices work for me,” the email said.”It isn’t that I’m mad or blame him for leaving. It’s just that hasn’t been honest with us for the five years he was here. He’s not the man I thought he was.”

Another reader thought one more choice should have been offered: “Forgot one choice,” the reader said in an email. “Don’t care – Not even one teeny tiny bit.”

I think that may be in the minority, but who knows? How people feel about Sark’s messy goodbye depends on whom you ask.

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