Sarkisian accuses Stanford of faking injuries

Sarkisian accuses Stanford of faking injuries

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Oregon and Stanford will play a nationally televised Thursday night game in 2013. (USATSI)
Steve Sarkisian thinks Stanford was faking injuries Saturday night. (USATSI)

Washington's Steve Sarkisian is the latest coach to accuse an opponent of faking injuries.

After Washington's 31-28 loss to Stanford on Saturday night Sarkisian said Stanford was faking injuries to slow the Huskies offense down.

“Their defensive-line coach (former Washington assistant Randy Hart) was telling them to sit down,” Sarkisian said. “I guess that's how we play here at Stanford, so we'll have to prepare for that next time. At some point, we'll get repaid for it. That never serves a purpose for us, and we'll never do that.”

One of the Stanford players who had to leave the game temporarily was linebacker Shayne Skov, who took to Twitter early Sunday morning to respond to the allegations.

So was Stanford faking injuries? I don't know. It's impossible to tell anymore. Any time a player is hurt against an offense that's moving at a high pace people are going to assume they're faking it, but it's important to remember that this is football and sometimes football hurts. So while some are no doubt fake, plenty are real.

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