Dawgs’ Idiotic New Media Policy
You’ve probably heard about Coach Sark’s new media policy that he announced yesterday, capping a flurry of bizarre stuff involving the Dawgs’ head coach this week.
Steve Sarkisian stuck his foot in his mouth at his Monday news conference when he said that wide receiver Antavius Sims was redshirting this year.
Whoops! Short-Timer Steve kind of blew that one – Sims has already redshirted and doesn’t have another redshirt available, causing Coach Sark to issue a correction of his statement later that night.
Then he goes on his coach’s show and tries to make Saturday’s 41-3 loss to LSU sound better than it actually was when it actually wasn’t – everyone who watched that game knows the score could have been – and should have been – worse, not better.
And then Short-Timer Steve, clearly getting paranoid and feeling the pressure in his fourth year, had his poor media-relations people churn out the following statement about a new media policy that prevents reporters from going to the bathroom unless they ask Coach Sark first:
“As a condition of entry to UW football practices, all visitors and members of the media are hereforth prohibited from reporting on strategy or injury-related news observed during practices. No players or coaches will have any comments on injuries and any such information.”
(Hereforth? I’ll give you herewith and henceforth, but hereforth? Come on Coach Sark, that ain’t a word!)
Quoted in Bob Condotta’s Seattle Times Husky football blog, Short-Timer Steve explained the policy to reporters, saying:
“We’re not going to comment on injuries anymore. I’m not. No one in our organization is. It’s just a competitive disadvantage for us when other teams don’t and we do, so that’s going to be the road we take.”
You can call me hypocritical for ripping Sark when Mike Leach has a policy of not talking about injuries in Pullman. But Leach doesn’t prevent reporters from writing about they see in their limited time at practice.
For instance, even though Leach won’t talk about Jeff Tuel’s knee injury, writers are allowed to write that Connor Halliday has taken the first-team snaps this week. If this situation had happened with Keith Price and Derek What’s His Name at Washington, writers could not report that What’s His Name took the first-team snaps.
This new policy, by the way, is worse than Paint Dry Ty’s, and to think that everyone thought he was a control freak when he was here, wow, Coach Sark has taken control-freakedness to startling new levels.
Short-Timer Steve is the same guy who brought a tiger to practice last week to help his team cope with a possible distraction from a mascot at LSU. If this new policy were in place last week, I guess we’d have never known the damn tiger was at practice. We’d have seen the tiger but we couldn’t report that we did.
I’m calling him Short-Timer Steve now because that’s what he’s officially become. I used to think that he was one of those up-and-coming whiz-kid coaches who would make his mark here and leave for the NFL or a more prestigious college-football program.
Coach Sark is Short-Timer Steve because the expiration date on his milk carton is coming sooner rather than later. Because of developments this week, I’m hereby (hereforth?) announcing that he’s on the hot seat.
Sarkisian’s 20-20 overall and appears to be headed toward a 6-6 season at the very best, though 4-8 is more likely, maybe 5-7 if the planets align and allow the Huskies’ offensive linemen to actually block somebody.
You know what I’d like to do? Go to a Husky practice, report on everything I see, including injuries, and post the story on this website. Then I’d either be put on double-secret probation or better yet, banned from future practices because I’d rather be golfing anyway.
And it would give my website a much-needed boost in terms of exposure, driving traffic to all-time jimmoorethego2guy.com highs, leading to unprecedented revenues, allowing me to retire to the good life in Colfax.
But even I’m not that big of a jerk. I feel bad for the beat writers, especially Condotta. This guy busts his ass day after day to bring terrific coverage of the team to his readers. And now Short-Timer Steve silences him because he feels like his team is at a competitive disadvantage if he didn’t institute this new policy like other schools have.
Hey Sark, here’s a news flash – forget the new media policy, you’re at a competitive disadvantage because your team’s not very good. Why is your team not very good? With the notable exception of Tate Martell, who will really help your replacement, you haven’t recruited enough good players. And it probably has something to do with subpar coaching as well.
Good luck trying to hide all of that in the future. Maybe you can get another new policy and prevent the Pac-12 Networks from showing your games.
The most amusing thing of all? Short-Timer Steve announces his new media policy during the week that the Dawgs host perennial powerhouse Portland State.
Thank you Coach Sark for reminding us that you can’t make this stuff up.