Coach Steve Sarkisian was asked at his recruiting press conference today about those two secondary violations (outlined in posts below) that the school self-reported.
"Misunderstandings," he said. "We took care of it, we reported ourselves and we'll move on. I was OK with it. It's part of being a new head coach, a young head coach. You've got to learn with experience. We'll be smarter next time."
However, "misunderstandings" is kind of vague, so after the public portion of the press conference I asked a question I had somehow never asked before in all my days as a journalist: Did you know that bringing in a fog machine is illegal?
"They hadn't used it as a game-day experience here. … They had never done it on gameday before. At the time, in my estimation of it, that wasn't simulating a gameday activity because they hadn't done it on gameday before."
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(The point is that the rule that was violated is an NCAA prohibition against simulating game-day experiences for recuits. And, as he points out, UW doesn't use fog machines for its Husky Stadium pregame introductions.)
That seemed a fine enough point to draw one more follow-up question: Was he certain that the NCAA ruling was to be read that literally, or did he understand that he might be pushing the envelope?
"I want to be really clear: We're not trying to push the envelope; we're not trying to see how many secondary violations we can get," he said. "We want to be compliant with every rule that we can. That's where I think the misunderstanding comes in. That's exactly what it was. This wasn't us trying to beat the rule of anything. We did something that they hadn't done anything before and that's the extent of it."
(That last paragraph might read a little angrier than it sounded. He actually seemed understanding of the questions and was polite with his answers.)