So far so good.
Steve Sarkisian hasn't signed a recruit, called a play or won a game. But he made a good first impression here in his introductory press conference.
He seemed to be having fun. He answered questions. He didn't refer to himself in the third person.
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He promised open practices ... open to fans as well as media.
He wore a purple and gold tie.
He didn't get 100 words into his opening statement before paying homage to Don James.
His goal is to win championships.
He said he has the facilities to do that.
He said he has the budget to assemble a staff to help him do that.
He said he wants to rebuild a recruiting wall around the state of Washington.
He said he has met with the team, but not yet with the existing staff, who are under contract until summer.
He said his top immediate priority is recruiting, then he will return his attention to USC during the holiday down period and thru the Rose Bowl, then he's back here for all Huskies all the time.
He said winning and losing are both habits, and he wants to rid the program of the latter and build the former.
He said the schedule -- which begins with LSU and continued with 12 games in 12 weeks -- is the schedule. (However, Scott Woodward implied it might be adjusted before fall.)
He said he will retain the play-calling and that he expects to run something very similar to his USC offense, regardless of Jake Locker or other personnel issues here.
He said he never assumes a player will redshirt, but he seemed cautious of bringing in juco players.
He stressed that emotion is a huge part of the game.
He said he defines success as winning games, getting to bowls, winning championships.
He said he will give someone the title of quarterback coach, but that he will also work closely with mentoring UW quarterbacks.
He agreed that Oregon, Oregon State and Cal have upgraded since UW's glory days of the '90s, but he still believes UW can compete on the level it once did.
Here we go.