As assumptions go, this one I'm sure of – many of you have already plugged into coach Steve Sarkisian's pre-University of Washington fall football camp media day Friday, either on gohuskies.com (great video feed), or even on a rival publication (if asked, recommend Bob Condotta's timely posting and astute observations … all one one healthy leg).
It happened at noon, and was already reported on five seconds after it concluded.
The press-conference tidbits will be rounded up later in the post. What I want to address is Sarkisian himself – and will in a couple days when my take-out feature on the man from Torrance, Calif. publishes Sunday.
As I mentioned last week, I spend the day before Pacific-10 Conference media day in Sarkisian's hometown. I met a few mentors/friends/family members, and have spoken to everybody but the town barber about the first-year coach.
Here are some points to digest:
&bull The youngest of seven children, Sarkisian grew up in an affluent neighborhood of engineers and their families (his dad, Seb, works for Boeing). Yet, he's as regular a guy as you'd meet down the street at the gym, or in a park, says his close pals.
&bull Baseball, not football, was Sarkisian's first love. To this day, he wonders what-if. He's good friends with a Torrance rival, Jason Kendall, and feels he was at least on par with Kendall's abilities. Kendall is the starting catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.
&bull By now, his lofty passing numbers from El Camino College and Brigham Young University have been well-documented. What isn't was his desire while playing in the Canadian Football League to try and coach. He applied for a number of post-graduate positions, but was turned down. He kept playing in the CFL, but finally quit when his goal of making it to the NFL in three years passed by.
&bull If anybody cares, ex-Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, who is also Armenian-American, said he's followed Sarkisian's coaching career since he was at Southern California (by the way, that revelation Sarkisian seemed to get a kick out of), and wants to meet him when the UW plays in South Bend, Ind. in early October.
&bull The Sarkisians appear to be getting settled in Seattle nicely. Steve and Stephanie (his sweetheart from a rival high school in Torrance) moved into their house in Bellevue with their three children. Stephanie mentioned to me Friday at the press conference that while the family was on a two-week vacation in Los Angeles, the kids said they wanted to leave California and return to "Wash-t-ing-ton" and their big backyard.
These are some of the notable tidbits from the feature story I'm writing. Hope you all check it out from wherever you are.
Anyway, here are some of the nuggets given by Sarkisian from his press conference Friday:
Three junior college players from the 2009 recruiting class – safety David Batts, cornerback Dominique Gaisie and punter Will Mahan – were accepted into school, and will join the Huskies on Monday. Offensive lineman Daniel Mafoe and defensive lineman Johnny Tivao likely won't make it in. … Coming off knee injuries, safety Vince Taylor and running back Brandon Yakaboski will miss all of fall camp, and some of the regular season. … With the sudden lack of depth in the backfield, O'Dea product Joheri Fogerson is returning to the running back position. He has been playing safety. Sarkisian said the move was not necessarily permanent. … A couple of true freshmen will start fall workouts at new positions. Federal Way High product Andru Pulu moves from linebacker to defensive end, and Jordan Wallace goes from safety to outside linebacker to give the unit a little more speed. … Former safety Curtis Williams, who died in 2002 after a violent collision with Stanford's Kerry Williams two years before, won't be honored this season with his No. 25 put on the field. Instead, the No. 25 jersey will be worn by Batts. "Hopefully that puts him back out on the field, because that is where he always wanted to be," Sarkisian said. A Williams memorial will be stationed in the locker room. … Team captains for the 2009 season will be revealed at the "Raise the Woof" dinner Aug. 28.