It’s a tradition unlike any other: the weekly Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference every Tuesday morning. Steve Sarkisian was asked a few questions about a few things, and we have some notes about it below. Nothing particularly newsworthy, though he was asked again about USC.
— Sarkisian gave his stock USC response, saying that he feels most for Lane Kiffin’s wife and kids. He wasn’t asked about his particular interest in the job.
— Asked about the depth of the Pac-12, Sarkisian said this is the best he’s seen it as a participating coach. He said that has to do with the commitment to football being made by universities in the form of facilities upgrades, TV contracts, etc.
“It’s awesome to watch this conference grow and get better and better and better, and I think it’s exciting for everyone involved,” he said.
— Sarkisian reiterated that both UW and Stanford have changed a great deal since their meeting last season, noting that Kevin Hogan adds a different element to Stanford’s offense, and that the Huskies’ offense has undergone an obvious transformation, too.
— Sarkisian said Stanford has a “great deal of speed on the perimeter” with receivers such as Ty Montgomery and Michael Rector, which puts “a lot of stress” on the defense “because you have to commit to defending the run.” The challenge, Sarkisian said, is not allowing big plays, and keeping Hogan from connecting on deep balls. He’s thrown those well lately.
— Sarkisian was again asked about “process,” and again related the story of having Keith Price, Will Shamburger and D’Andre Goodwin address the team on Monday morning about what it was like during Sarkisian’s first season as coach in 2009.
— Sarkisian said he doesn’t mind that the Pac-12 is gaining notoriety on a national level, because “the more exposure we can get, the better.” He said he thinks all of the Pac-12 programs deserve the attention.
— The confidence he has in this team is higher than what he felt toward past teams, Sarkisian said. He said the Huskies have a “good group of seniors and juniors” who have endured struggles of the past, and are more mature because of it.
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