Steve Sarkisian v. Chris Petersen

“The general impression I got is there is a lot more focus on the tiny, tiny, tiny details instead of the big picture. To focus on us, individually, and not just the big scheme.”

— Washington fifth-year center Mike Criste

That quote is part of this article on Washington’s web site.

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  • Cloud Shaman

    Inferior players need that extra attention

  • ThaiMex

    Special Admits need that special extra attention or they go the way of Dillon Baxter and Pommee.
    fit Un!

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      Ummm, taco, beans & rice. And a beer to wash it down.

  • Golden Trojan

    No Fries but can you get a cookie!?

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Guessing Colorado said the same thing when Dan Hawkins took over. I got no love for the u dub crowd and am not convinced Big West/WAC dominance = PAC 12 success. See: Koetter, Dirk; Nutt, Houston; Dykes, Spike, etc. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of a single successful coach that has made the jump.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    I see Mr. Wolf and the writer of this story are cut from the same cloth… No editing.

    Here’s the “money” quote:
    He receive a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000.

    • Ben Factor

      Yeah, Cal’s a real party school.

      The crown jewel of UC; the best public university in the U.S. Before all the budget cuts, it might have been the best university in the U.S.

      And your argument is that their J school doesn’t encourage enough editing?

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Hey Bangkok boy, or Mai Tai Mix, have you ever heard of Billy Joe Jackson? I know you have not. Look him up. You can’t believe the people that they allow in ugly. BTW, wooden did know about Gilbert. Wooden cheated like no other. And then you imbiciles worship him like a saint. Silly little ruins.

    • Ben Factor

      I agree that all major programs have violations by players and boosters, if not even greater complicity. Kids like to buy things, kids make mistakes that invite help with extrication, etc. Boosters facilitate that. It’s not always bad or destructive.

      Your disrespect for Wooden flies in the face of what his ex-players say about him. I don’t disagree that Wooden knew or had reason to know about Gilbert. But he also knew how to coach college basketball, and knew that life is largely about organized, consistent work at improvement, and making the group with which you work more than the sum of its parts.

      You know, as I wrote that, what came to mind was a USC football coach from 10 years ago.

      The UCLA fans who comment here offer very little. I don’t think that is true of the university, its professors, its doctors, or its coaches. I hope you don’t allow yourself to participate at the level of those fans. That’s how you show what you learned at USC.

  • Ben Factor

    I thought the interesting point was the heightened emphasis on details. I’m sure that a number of approaches can succeed in coaching. In fact, I don’t think PC was the master of all the details, and few would say that Peterson’s career has eclipsed PC’s. But I do understand a little more about Peterson.

    I like Sark’s macro approach. He’s encouraging and likeable, but avoids hyperbole. He has a high emotional IQ. He experiments with change. He values his co-coaches. He strikes me as a person who can learn and improve. That’s what it’s all about, really.

    I was critical of the way he was hired. Now I have an open mind.