Here’s an interesting passage from a former Washington Husky beat writer on how Steve Sarkisian exerted control over his program.
“At UW, the athletic department hired former AP sports writer Gregg Bell to write feel-good stories about Huskies athletes – particularly football players – for the team’s website. Who was Bell’s top editor? Sarkisian.
Sarkisian went so far as to line-edit stories. He reviewed stories he felt were “too rough” and had Bell massage facts to make them smoother.”
USC tailback Tre Madden might not return until the fourth game because of his turf toe. Madden’s foot was in a protective boot today. That would leave USC with two scholarship tailbacks (Javorius Allen, Justin Davis) for the first three games.
Before today, Josh Shaw’s reputation was impressive. Last weekend, he was elected a team captain at USC. He delivered a commencement address to his fellow athletes last May when he graduated. During the summer, he completed an internship at the large real-estate firm CBRE by winning a group project with two other interns.
“It was more gratifying than any accolade I ever received, sports included,” Shaw said during training camp. “It showed that I’m more than an athletes. It’s a Fortune 500 company and there were some pretty big dogs listening to our presentation.”
Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday night that USC was still investigating the Josh Shaw story.
“We don’t know all the facts yet,” Sarkisian said.
Meanwhile, someone who spoke to Shaw before the controversy said they were surprised when he discussed the story involving his nephew: “There wasn’t much feeling behind what he said. It seemed strange.”