Steve Sarkisian, the head coach of the Washington Huskies, served as an assistant on Pete Carroll’s staff at USC five years ago, when tailback Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy.
And while pretty much everyone associated with Reggie’s college team and his pro team have refrained from saying anything bad about Bush, Sarkisian has unloaded.
“He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy,” Sarkisian told Shelley Smith of ESPN. “But in giving it back and not apologizing, he
just looks like an idiot again.”
Still, Sarkisian needs to tread lightly when throwing around labels like that. After all, he was among the potential “idiots” at USC who didn’t realize that their star tailback was getting paid by multiple prospective marketing agents.
Sarkisian also defended the team’s achievements during Bush’s tenure. “No matter how much money he got paid, that didn’t affect how we
prepared,” Sarkisian said. “We weren’t the best team in football
because of what he or his parents took.” (Actually, in 2005, they weren’t the best team in football at all — Texas and Vince Young saw to that.)
Sarkisian’s candor is surprising, and we’d love to know whether he made his comments with or without the blessing of his former boss, who now coaches the NFL team that plays its home games in the same town where Sarkisian, who once was a finalist for the Raiders’ head coaching job, now works.
Either way, it’s good to see that we aren’t the only ones who were dismayed by Reggie’s attempt to have it both ways.