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This week, in Pac-12 North news:
Seattle: With a lackluster 26-25 overall record entering his fifth season as one of the highest paid coaches in the conference, Steve Sarkisian might be feeling the pressure of expectations in Montlake.
The Huskies have that brand new stadium to christen this season, and fans are still seething after the Huskies:
- were dominated late and lost to WSU in last year’s Apple Cup;
- fell flat and lost their second consecutive bowl game, and;
- again ended the season with 6 losses.
And now, during practice this past week, Sarkisian basically said he was “taking his ball and going home.”
After a hit to QB Keith Price on a keeper play, as reported by Todd Dybas of The News Tribune:
Steve Sarkisian threw his visor, fell to the ground and was flat on his back for several seconds. He got up, told one of the managers to blow the air horn three times — which signifies the end of practice — and walked off the field alone.
Along the way, Sarkisian announced, “No one is talking,” as he passed a UW sports information staffer.
Seeing rush end Cory Littleton carted off the field about 10 minutes earlier likely boosted Sarkisian’s irritation — a day after it was announced preseason All-America tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins would need surgery on an injured right pinkie.
Hearing about Sarkisian’s reaction, to an outsider who did not witness it, this sort of sounds/feels like an infant throwing a temper tantrum. Somebody get Steve a nap, and a peanut butter and jelly! (And a TE that can actually get onto the field!)
After all, kickoff is just a week and a half away, and third or fourth place in the North is at stake this season in Seattle!