We’re back in Seattle, where one of the morning-after storylines from Washington’s loss to Stanford last night is a comment coach Steve Sarkisian made in his postgame radio interview on KJR in which he accused Stanford of faking injuries.
According to this story over on Sportspress Northwest, Sarkisian said: “Their defensive-line coach (former UW assistant Randy Hart) was telling them to sit down. 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.”
There were a couple instances that come to mind, though at least one of the injuries appeared pretty legitimate. Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov went down on a UW possession in the fourth quarter, and was tended to by the training staff for some time for an apparent leg injury before he made his way to the sideline. Skov appeared to be in considerable pain, though he did return to the game later.
He also used Twitter to dispute claims that he was faking it.
Lmao people saying I was faking an injury, u think I'm gunna miss a play In crunch time to slow down the offense? Ur a fool if you do...— Shayne Skov (@ShayneSkov11) October 6, 2013
We got the dub, UW is a hell of a team period. If I'm having docs look at me on the sideline I'm not faking it. Grow up, n watch the replay— Shayne Skov (@ShayneSkov11) October 6, 2013
Stanford defensive end Ben Gardner defended himself, too.
If sark thinks coach hart would tell us 2 fake injuries he's obviously never been around the guy. If anything he's telling us to get up n go— Ben Gardner (@BennyG49) October 6, 2013
Skov didn't take a dive, I didn't take a dive. Never have never will. Stay classy Washington— Ben Gardner (@BennyG49) October 6, 2013
Will be something to follow up with Sarkisian about on Monday.
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