With a highly-anticipated game against No. 2 Oregon on the schedule this week, it makes perfect sense that Washington will be the subject of some smack talk.
It’s just a little surprising that it’s coming from Stanford.
Or maybe it’s not all that surprising, considering the circumstances. After UW coach Steve Sarkisian criticized Stanford for faking injuries (in his opinion), Stanford coach David Shaw used Tuesday’s Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference to fire back at Sarkisian and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi.
We were conducting interviews at Husky Stadium at the conclusion of UW’s practice during Shaw’s portion of the call, but here’s at least a portion of the Shaw rant, citing tweets from media members who were listening in.
Shaw: "The only assistant coach I’ve ever known to order players to fake injuries coaches at Washington." (Lupoi, at Cal)— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 8, 2013
"This is one of the most respected programs in the country. I'm not going to put that on the line just to beat Washington."— Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpeSR) October 8, 2013
Stanford HC Shaw on accusations by @CoachSark that players faked injuries: "We don't fake injuries. Don't care what Sarkisian thinks he saw.— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 8, 2013
How it all started: David Shaw came on line, moderator asked "any questions?" Shaw said: "Can I begin with an opening statement?"— David Lombardi (@DavidMLombardi) October 8, 2013
Update: Sarkisian mostly avoided questions about Shaw’s rant, saying that while he wasn’t certain exactly what was said, “We saw what we saw. We’ll leave it at that. Two reasonable people can disagree on something and move forward.”
He was then asked if he and Shaw have spoken, to which he replied: “no comment.”
Asked specifically if he or anyone on UW’s staff saw Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart signal for his players to fake injuries, Sarkisian reiterated: “I’m done with the subject.”