Washington coach Steve Sarkisian made headlines by accusing Stanford players of faking injuries to slow the Huskies' up-tempo offense on Saturday night. Cardinal coach David Shaw responded to those allegations on the Pac-12 teleconference.
"I must say that we don't fake injuries, we don't and we never will," Shaw said. "We don't condone it, we don't teach it, we don't allow it. We've never done it, and if we didn't do it against Oregon, why would we do it against Washington?"
Sarkisian had said that "their defensive line coach was telling them to sit down" in a reference to Stanford coach Randy Hart, a former Washington assistant. Shaw took particular offense to his staff member getting singled out by the Huskies coach. Of course he then turned around immediately and called out Washignton assistant Tosh Lupoi, a former Cal assistant who was suspended for telling players to fake injuries against Oregon in 2010.
"Not to mention it's unprofessional to call out an assistant coach for doing so," Shaw said. "The only assistant coach I've ever known to order players to fake injuries coaches at Washington, and he's admitted to it."
The fire from Shaw continued to burn as he addressed the part of Sarkisian's comments that included a shoulder-shrugging "I guess that's how we play at Stanford" statement.
"How we play at Stanford is five penalties per game," Shaw continued. "How we play has led to three BCS bowls and a 100 percent graduation rate. I'm not going to put that all on the line to beat Washington. We've done it in a way that has been the right way."
Shaw, along with Sarkisian, offered no comment as to any communication between the two coaches. When the Huskies' head coach joined the Pac-12 teleconference later, he was aware that Shaw had mentioned the comments.
"I don't know exactly what was said [by Shaw], what I do know is what I said yesterday. We saw what we saw, we'll leave it at that," Sarkisian said. "Two reasonable people can disagree on something and move forward."
There hasn't been a spat between Pac-12 coaches this fiery since Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh had the "What's your deal?" moment in 2009. Needless to say things just got very interesting for Stanford's trip to Washington in 2014.