There's nothing like sweating out hard work, and a bunch of screaming and yelling in front of the network that promotes itself as the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" – ESPN.
But University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian welcomed the idea.
Sarkisian informed the team he would be miked up for a segment that will air on ESPN's college football show, "Game Day."
"It's to show everybody how hard we work," Sarkisian said following the team's two-hour, 20-minute practice Monday, and after the ESPN camera crew wrapped up for the day. "It's the same reason why we open our practice, you know."
As the team stretched out on the east practice field, Sarkisan marched up and down the rows, barking out instructions – maybe with a little extra volume, or meter in his cadence.
And as the team sprinted from the practice field to the main field in Husky Stadium, it was Sarkisian who was out in front, leading the pack.
"Nah, that's him. He's always animated. That is coach Sark. Energy, that's him," UW running back Johri Fogerson said. "He expects to win every day. That's his motto. That energy he was bringing was all real. That was not for the cameras."
Well, 99.9 percent of it.
Fogerson said many of the players didn't even remember that the camera crew was on location – except for a brief moment in the middle of practice when they were tired, and Sarkisian lit into them a little bit.
"We picked it up," said Fogerson, a wry smile draped over his face.
Was this a rookie coach's ploy to garner some attention for the program he's taking over? After all, he's spent a great deal of a time in the backdrop of Hollywood as an assistant at USC.
No. Sarkisian said he's miked up a lot for video presentations given to the players in team meetings.
"I don't envision being miked up during a game week when we're really talking game plan stuff, Xs and Os, or being miked up on game day when we're talking Xs and Os," Sarkisian said. "But in a training camp practice, it's fine."
Some tidbits from Monday:
&bull A review by Sarkisian of the Saturday scrimmage: "I was really proud of the effort they played with. And I saw them more attentive to the details: Assignments, technique. I was very impressed by that. But the third factor of it, I didn't think we played with the emotion that we had been playing with in practice. That's something we want to stress this last week before we get into game-prep mode."
&bull A few key injuries happened in practice. Tight end Kavario Middleton (hamstring) went out early after drills. Cornerback Quinton Richardson (hip pointer) was down on the turf after a collision with receiver Jordan Polk on the second play of 11-on-11s, and did not return. And safety David Batts (shoulder) limped off, too.
"We won't see these guys for a couple of days," Sarkisian said.
&bull Three true freshmen – defensive end Talia Crichton, linebacker Tim Tucker and quarterback Keith Price – were in sweats and T-shirts, walking around the track after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA.
"It's not for a matter of they didn't pass a class, it's just a matter the NCAA this time of year gets backed up," Sarkisian said, adding the players could return Tuesday.
&bull Desmond Trufant, the star out of Wilson High, continues to see steady work. On early 11-on-11 drills, he ran with the No. 1 defense, but spent most of his time as a reserve cornerback.
We're going to throw him out there, just like we do with all the freshmen," Sarkisian said. "He's an impressive kid. You see his work ethic, and the effort that he put in the summer in the weight room with our guys, it's showing up. He's an explosive kid. He's physical. He has a decent grasp of what we're doing, so I'm kind of anxious to watch him here in the next few days as he starts to get two feet on the ground, and really understand what we're doing."
&bull Jake Locker's numbers in various situations Monday:
Early 11-on-11s: 3-of-4, 36 yards.
7-on-7s: 6-of-9, 41 yards.
First-down offense: 4-of-5, 99 yards, TD (70-yard scoring pass to Chris Polk).
Third-down offense: 0-of-2, 0 yards.
Second-down situational offense: 4-of-8 34 yards.
&bull Not one of Erik Folk's best days of practice on field-goal attempts. He missed kicks from 40 and 39 yards, had a 40-yarder blocked at the line by Mason Foster but did make ones from 35 and 41 yards out (2-of-5).
&bull Ah, the ranking. It was mentioned to Sarkisian that he was rated the No. 10 quarterback in the Pacific-10 Conference by a reporter from Buster Sports, an online publication.
"Who ranked them?" Sarkisian asked. "Has he coached before?"
And that is what abruptly ended the interview.
&bull A quick note: Just a reminder to spectators, Thursday is the final day anyone in the public can come and watch a UW practice. The Friday practice is closed to everyone (including media), and the Saturday morning workout is being listed as the start of the regular season (which only Tyee member and other VIP people are allowed to attend thereafter).