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Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:28 pm

Sarkisian: Comments not 'a knock on Andrew Luck'

Posted by Will Brinson

Recently, Washington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said if he were running the team with the first-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, he'd take Southern Cal's Matt Barkley over Stanford's Andrew Luck.

Feeling Lucky?

Considering many folks would take Luck over even Cam Newton (!), this came as a bit of surprise. As it turns out, it's not Coach Sark ripping on Luck, it's him being really, really high on Barkley. How do I know this? Well, I listened to the always excellent Free Bruce podcast with my colleagues Bryan Fischer and Bruce Feldman, featuring Sarkisian as a guest recently.

"Well, I want to start with this: One, this is by no means a knock on Andrew Luck. He's a tremendous quarterback, played at a high level, what he's done at Stanford and the accolades he's gotten he deserves mightily," Sarkisian told "What I do know about Matt Barkley is the system he plays in. I know him personally from the time of recruiting him since ninth grade on at modern-day high school.

And the way he's matured and played at the level he's playing at and the types of things he's been asked to do, for me and for our system and what I do, I would draft Matt Barkley. And again that's not a knock on Andrew Luck. I think he'll be the No. 1 pick in the draft. But for what we do, I think Matt fits a little bit better."

So there you have it -- Sark doesn't necessarily believe anyone else will take Luck over Barkley, and he doesn't think Luck won't be great, he just believes Barkley is an ideal quarterback for a pro-style offense.

Of course, most folks believe Luck will be perfect for a pro-style offense as well, so that might not be the most convincing argument.

Barkley's production (67 percent completions, 2,608 yards, 28 touchdowns, six interceptions) isn't that far off of Luck's production (71.3 percent completions, 2,424 yards, 26 touchdowns, five interceptions) this season, if it at all.

And as's draft expert Rob Rang notes in his recent Big Board rankings, Barkley isn't exactly a slouch.

"Barkley is still a top-notch prospect in his own right," Rang writes. "In a typical draft he would be generating No. 1 overall buzz."

Of course, Rang also notes that his highest-rated player in 12 years of scouting professionally is Luck (ahead of Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson).

So maybe it's possible that Sarkisian is right, and both guys will be great.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:58 pm

Sarkisian says Bush quote 'not for print media'

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember how Steve Sarkisian called Reggie Bush "an idiot again" last night and the story got all swole up and talked about by everyone on the Internet?

Turns out, he didn't think anyone was going to hear about that, since he said it in a production meeting to Shelley Smith and assumed she wouldn't repeat it. That's according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (via CFT ) who brings us quotes following Sark's Huskies getting whipped by Nebraska.

"The quotes came out in a production meeting for [the game against Nebraska]," Sarkisian said. "In general, those production meetings are not for print media."

"It was a conversation, it was part of a conversation where there were quotes on both sides," Sarkisian said. "It's unfortunate, it's a great learning lesson for me about when things get said around media, they're live."

Fortunately for Sark, the football world probably won't talk about this long -- there's WAY too much dissection of how bad Jake Locker stunk the joint up to handle for us to spend an excessive amount of time worrying about whether one of Reggie Bush's old coaches thinks he's dumb for getting USC put on probation and giving back his Heisman.

But it's probably safe to say that Shelley Smith won't be pulling any more scoops from meetings with the Washington football staff. But, yeah, Sark should know better than to call someone as high profile as Bush an "idiot" in a room full of reporters and not expect that to get reported.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:29 am
Edited on: September 18, 2010 10:00 pm

Sarkisian calls Reggie Bush 'an idiot'

Posted by Will Brinson

Technically, this is probably a story for our compadres over at the College Football Blog . Unfortunately, they're a little tied up with posting GIFs of PedoBear , so we're gonna be the ones writing about how Washington coach Steve Sarkisian called Reggie Bush "an idiot." Again.

Er, not again, but "an idiot again," which theoretically is kind of the same thing, right? (Also, worth noting that we love what those guys at the CFB blog are doing. They're our besties.) Anyway, Sark had some words for Shelley Smith about Reggie Bush handing back his Heisman Trophy.

"He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy," Sarkisian told Smith. "But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again ... No matter how much money he got paid, that didn't affect how we prepared. We weren't the best team in football because of what he or his parents took."

UPDATE: Sark said after the Nebraska/Washington game that the comments weren't intended 'for print media.' So, um, okay.

It's understandable that Sarkisian isn't "thrilled" by the fact that Bush's public debacling and USC's punishments makes him look less effective as a coach, but it sure seems that everyone is quick to forget that it was common knowledge (a la Shaq at LSU) that Bush had some "stuff" going on.

And you know what? Even if Sark didn't know what was going on (somehow), it doesn't matter -- if someone gets to participate in everything that leads to the celebration of the championships, they get to participate in everything involved in the downfall afterwards, too.

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